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Windows 7: Repair Install


02 Feb 2009   #1239
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Repair Install

How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7


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19 Mar 2013   #1240
vanblam

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

yes I'm 1000% sure its a 64-bit OS .. The computer would start up and the first thing that happens is windows explorer will crash, this would happen if did anything as well , such as hitting the start button or running Firefox. Sometimes even task manager would crash, after manually restarting explore several times I would eventually get a blue screen of death ( which we all know is not good :P). But I just did a system restore and its up and running without any crashes so far, the only thing that bothers me is I have no idea what caused the problem in the first place. My brother uses it for Flight Sim 10 or X, he has installed so many programs for it to help improve the scenery and realism and what not, my guess is that it might have been one of those.


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19 Mar 2013   #1241
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Well I don't know of anything that would magically change a 64-bit system into a 32-bit one except infections perhaps that might cause the system to think psychotically. Can you boot OK into Safe Mode? Try it by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up. Pick Safe Mode with Networking as a choice for reasons you will see.

Perhaps try that and use System Restore to go back to before all this started. Check with your brother as to the source of whatever he's been downloading and installing. File shares are notorious at giving infected files.

Whilst in Safe Mode with Networking you could also use Malwarebytes Free to check for malware.

Here's an excerpt from my help files on another forum:

Quote:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free) This tool can downloaded, installed, updated and run all in 'Safe Mode with Networking' if an infection blocks it in regular mode. Or see Chameleon below.

BEWARE OF "SOUNDS LIKE" IMITATORS SUCH AS MALWAREBITER - DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER DOWNLOADING THEM !!

Download the free version here - do not accept the free trial offer or you'll end up with the wrong version):

Support Forum

A quote from one of the lead developers of MalwareBytes (Bruce Harrison) in answer to a question why one should employ other tools as well as an antivirus and if MBAM is a replacement for an antivirus:
As far as why MBAM is very good at dealing with (this) infection, that is simple. MBAM is designed to be very good at dealing with malware that the AV's seem to be having problems with. I do not spend my time making MBAM detect millions of infections that any decent AV already detects as MBAM is DESIGNED to work alongside antivirus software, not replace it. A huge chunk of the research that goes into MBAM revolves around what we see making it into HiJackThis threads as the vast majority of these threads involve antivirus software that was in some way bypassed.
Lets settle this now and avoid any further misinformation. MBAM is now a very good backup to any antivirus software and will only get better in the future. MBAM will NEVER add antivirus abilities to its core app and is always advised to be used WITH antivirus software. We actually get this question a lot in the forums and I assure you that we always say : "No, MBAM can't replace your existing antivirus software and is not designed to."
Chameleon: If you are having problems downloading and installing Malwarebytes because the infection is preventing it and you've tried Safe Mode with Networking and failed, then try using their Chameleon tool, webpage HERE.
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20 Mar 2013   #1242
vinfiz

Arizona
 
 

HP Pavillion dm3
Windows 7 Home Premium **WITHOUT SP1**
Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU U5400 @ 1.2GHz
4.00 GB RAM
64 bit
1st time:
Windows cannot install the required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available; and restart the installation. Error code; 0X8000FFFF
2nd time:
Windows was unable to create the required installation folder c:\$windows.~BT. An existing file or folder of this name could not be deleted. Error code: 0X80070091
What can I do next?
Dave
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20 Mar 2013   #1243
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dave, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose, then do a clean install instead.
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20 Mar 2013   #1244
vinfiz

Arizona
 
 

Thank You for the fast response
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22 Mar 2013   #1245
BuzWeaver

 
 

I'm trying to do the repair, however I'm getting the message that I have a more current version of Windows 7 and the repair can not proceed.
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22 Mar 2013   #1246
Gary

Win7 Pro SP1 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuzWeaver View Post
I'm trying to do the repair, however I'm getting the message that I have a more current version of Windows 7 and the repair can not proceed.
If you have SP1 installed , you will have to use a DVD with SP1 slip streamed on it. Other than that you will have to remove SP1.
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22 Mar 2013   #1247
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuzWeaver View Post
I'm trying to do the repair, however I'm getting the message that I have a more current version of Windows 7 and the repair can not proceed.
One of the more common reasons to get that message is when SP1 is installed but the disk being used to do the repair install doesn't have SP1 on it. If that's the case, you can create a new Windows 7 installation disk that contains SP1. See the "note" under Step 4 in this tutorial and follow the link. Select your version of Windows 7. Download the ISO file and save it to your desktop. Then burn the ISO to a blank DVD to create the new install disk w/SP1.
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23 Mar 2013   #1248
BuzWeaver

 
 

Thanks guys, actually the disc I have does have SP1 and I can't remove it using Uninstall. Windows 7 seems to be working fine, but when I ran a Scannow in command prompt it does indicated that I have corrupted files, but over-all Windows is working well, very few if any hitches.

I've backed up all my stuff, but I really wanted to avoid a Format Reload. Thus far everything is working, but it does bother me that I have some corrupted files. What I've discovered is since my Disk came with SP1 there isn't a way to do a repair, at least that's what I've read.
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23 Mar 2013   #1249
Gary

Win7 Pro SP1 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuzWeaver View Post
Thanks guys, actually the disc I have does have SP1 and I can't remove it using Uninstall. Windows 7 seems to be working fine, but when I ran a Scannow in command prompt it does indicated that I have corrupted files, but over-all Windows is working well, very few if any hitches.

I've backed up all my stuff, but I really wanted to avoid a Format Reload. Thus far everything is working, but it does bother me that I have some corrupted files. What I've discovered is since my Disk came with SP1 there isn't a way to do a repair, at least that's what I've read.
You can do an in-place repair using that disk with SP1 on it. That way you will not have to remove SP1. If you want you can open a command prompt and run it as an admins and enter
Code:
 SFC/SCANNOW
It will find any problems and fix them if it can.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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