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Windows 7: System reserved parition blocking Windows 7 Reinstall

28 Jun 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) Disable UAC.

Disable User Account Control (UAC) the Easy Way on Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

2) Disable Hibernation. This will also delete the hibernation file.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

If you right click the drive icon and go to properties you should see a "Disk Cleanup" option that can free up a lot of space. Under the "More Options" tab you can free up even more space used by system restore.
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28 Jun 2010   #13


I am not sure why you would need to free up a lot of HD space to run a Repair install. Are you running the Win7 installer from the desktop to do the upgrade install, or booting the installer?
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29 Jun 2010   #14

7 Integral

I am running the Windows 7 installer from the desktop to do the upgrade install... should I rather boot directly to the CD ?
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29 Jun 2010   #15


No you run a Repair Install from the desktop, or...

Boot the installer to do a Clean Install, using Drive Options to format first - or clean the disk using Diskpart to get the cleanest slate.

If you are still stuck on the Repair Install, try a clean boot: How to Troubleshoot a Problem by Performing a Clean Startup in Windows 7 or Vista
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30 Jun 2010   #16

7 Integral

"Boot the installer to do a Clean Install"

==> what do you mean ? I currently double-click on the Setup.exe file on the disk from Seven Desktop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2010   #17


Right. Have you tried the Clean Boot procedure to see if iRepair Install will run?

Keep in mind you have the other option to Clean Reinstall.
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30 Jun 2010   #18

7 Integral

I will try today, keep you posted... I guess it's my last chance......

The problem of a potential clean reinstall is that I do not want to loose my iTunes 70Gb Music library !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2010   #19


Back up your Itunes music and when you reinstall ITunes it will find and reconstruct your Music Library including album art if u want.

I don't use Itunes myself, but have done enough clean reinstalls for those who do that I know it is a surprising piece of cake, as long as you are sure you back up the relevant data files which are normally in Music folder.

Others may have additional advice.
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