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Windows 7: Repair Install

14 Jun 2013   #1310
aPe

W7 64 bit home premium upgrade
 
 

Thanks, Brink. I caught that in your "warning" section, thus the query.

The system crashed during a routine back-up and won't boot. It starts to boot, fails, then runs a blue dump screen (which basically says W failed to load). I can get into the set-up and boot options, but none will do anything other than put me back into the same dump/recovery screens (I'm assuming the repair option won't work because I installed W7 from an upgrade disk). The good news is the hard drive appears ok as I was able to remove it and back up my files, but I'm really hoping there's a way to avoid a complete reinstallation (which will take 20+ hours). Given everything was running fine before and the disk seems to be ok, I'm assuming only one (or a small handful) of files somehow got corrupted. Thus if there was a way to identify the problem files and if they were generic enough to copy from my other machine, that would save a lot of pain. Is there any such tool or am I dreaming? If I can find a W7 boot disk could I then run a repair install on the hard drive's W7?


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14 Jun 2013   #1311
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aPe View Post
Thanks, Brink. I caught that in your "warning" section, thus the query.

The system crashed during a routine back-up and won't boot. It starts to boot, fails, then runs a blue dump screen (which basically says W failed to load). I can get into the set-up and boot options, but none will do anything other than put me back into the same dump/recovery screens (I'm assuming the repair option won't work because I installed W7 from an upgrade disk). The good news is the hard drive appears ok as I was able to remove it and back up my files, but I'm really hoping there's a way to avoid a complete reinstallation (which will take 20+ hours). Given everything was running fine before and the disk seems to be ok, I'm assuming only one (or a small handful) of files somehow got corrupted. Thus if there was a way to identify the problem files and if they were generic enough to copy from my machine, that would save a lot of pain. Is there any such tool or am I dreaming? If I can find a W7 boot disk could I then run a repair install on the hard drive's W7?
What's exactly on blue screen? Did you try "system restore" from recovery environment? If so.. was it a successful system restore?
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14 Jun 2013   #1312
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sounds like you got a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Do you have the exact message on it?

Have you already tried doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happen to see if it may be able to help fix this to avoid a clean install.

EDIT:
Ron beat me to it.
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14 Jun 2013   #1313
aPe

W7 64 bit home premium upgrade
 
 

I don't recall the excat message (it wasn't very helpful). Going from memory it said W failed to load, if this was the first time seeing the screen to try again, otherwise to select repair. There are ~6 option in the recovery environment and I tried then all, including system restore and none did anything except take me back to the fail screen. In short, I can only get to 2 screen, the fail screen and the recovery screen. The only option I get from the OE installation disks is a complete reinstall going all the way back to Vista.
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14 Jun 2013   #1314
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

See if you may be able to boot from your Windows 7 installation disc instead, then see if you may be able to do the system restore at boot or a startup repair.
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14 Jun 2013   #1315
aPe

W7 64 bit home premium upgrade
 
 

Because I got W7 as an upgrade disk, it won't do anything. A friend is burning me a copy of his install disk to see if I can boot/recover from it. Unfortunatly I won't be able to do this until tonight or this w/e, but I'll post later to let you know if it works. If not, I'll post specifics on the failure. Thanks for the suggestions!
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14 Jun 2013   #1316
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok aPe. We'll be here.
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16 Jun 2013   #1317
Sammy888

Windows 7
 
 

Hello everyone.

I was just revisiting this thread here. I noticed something which seems to me quite confusing. In the WARNINGS in the first thread, it reads:
Quote:
You cannot use a slipstream Windows 7 installation disc to do a repair install with on a currently installed Windows 7 SP1.
I have the original full Windows 7 64bit DVD. I have SP1 installed (later of course) with Windows Update.

If I am to understand correctly, I can only repair my Windows 7 installation by running the Windows 7 DVD and then running the SP1 separately? If so, is there no way to get the full Windows7 + SP1 together on one DVD or USB?
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16 Jun 2013   #1318
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sammy888 View Post
Hello everyone.

I was just revisiting this thread here. I noticed something which seems to me quite confusing. In the WARNINGS in the first thread, it reads:
Quote:
You cannot use a slipstream Windows 7 installation disc to do a repair install with on a currently installed Windows 7 SP1.
I have the original full Windows 7 64bit DVD. I have SP1 installed (later of course) with Windows Update.

If I am to understand correctly, I can only repair my Windows 7 installation by running the Windows 7 DVD and then running the SP1 separately? If so, is there no way to get the full Windows7 + SP1 together on one DVD or USB?
You can uninstall SP1 and use the original install DVD.
OR
find the correct ISO here (correct bit version and language version, and type [for example ultimate]) Windows 7 Direct Download Links
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16 Jun 2013   #1319
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sammy,

The note box under step 5 in the tutorial can help show you where and how to download an official Windows 7 w/SP1 ISO that can be used to create a DVD/USB with.
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