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Windows 7: Repair Install

07 Jan 2010   #130
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Btlastic,

Yes, it will include a copy of everything from your previous installation in the Windows.old folder. However, you will still need to reinstall the programs though. You can't just copy them back.


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15 Jan 2010   #131
kanjigirl

Windows 7
 
 

This is an excellent tutorial.

I've spent a total of 7 1/2 hours on the phone with Microsoft tech support this week because my computer deletes all system restore points on every reboot. During tonight's session, I was directed to do a repair install of Windows 7 as the last attempt to fix this problem before a clean install.

I put in my DVD and ran the in-place upgrade. When it got to Expanding Windows Files... 18% it froze, saying 'Windows needs to restart your computer.' I let it stay there for about an hour, nothing ever happened.

My Microsoft tech called me back then and told me to reboot, leaving the DVD in. That didn't work - when we got back into the DVD's menu it told us we couldn't do an upgrade from boot, it had to be done from inside Windows 7.

Not sure why the tech guy didn't know that. But anyway, he told me to try it again and will 'call me back Monday' to see how it went. So I'm on my own.

Before I tried again I disabled the firewall on a whim. This time, the computer DID restart when it hit 18% on Expanding Windows Files. But when it rebooted it gave me the 'Select CD-ROM Boot Type' and I didn't know what to select. I picked 1.

Again, when it finally got back into the DVD menu (after getting back into Windows 7) it wanted to start over. This is when I found your article - I disabled both the firewall and antivirus and am now running the repair install again.

My question is - what happens if the computer restarts but doesn't reboot all the way on its own? How do I resume running the repair install without starting it over, again and again?
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16 Jan 2010   #132
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Kanjigirl, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When the computer restarts, do not press anything and let it continue booting on it's own. It should restart back in setup own it's own without you having to do anything. If you do press a key while it's restarting, it may boot from the DVD instead and start the installtion over from boot instead of finishing the current one.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Jan 2010   #133
kanjigirl

Windows 7
 
 

That's what I did - I let it boot, never touched it, left the disk in. It always went to the 'select boot type' menu. I tried doing the repair install three times, same results each time. And when I gave up and got back into Win7, it told me it couldn't complete the repair install because my computer wasn't compatible.

However...

This morning I turned on my computer and immediately I see an 'Upgrading Windows' screen, then it picks up at 'Expanding Folders 18%' right where it left off last night. I don't understand this at all (there was no DVD in) but I won't argue with it.

My external HD, which it hasn't recognized for a week, is now up and running again so I'm doing a full image before I do step 18 and cleanup my disk. I'm hopeful I'll then be able to complete your wonderful tutorial - and THEN I will peek to see if System Restore is now working properly or not. Fingers crossed.
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16 Jan 2010   #134
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news. I hope it goes well. Please let us know how it went.
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17 Jan 2010   #135
kanjigirl

Windows 7
 
 

I created a test SRP yesterday - and this morning it and three others are showing up. So this procedure worked when nothing else helped. Thanks again.
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17 Jan 2010   #136
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear it worked for you Kanjigirl. Thank you for posting back your results.
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19 Jan 2010   #137
Peaches491

 
 

Ive had various system stability problems lately, and i was hoping that this was my answer.

But while trying to do a repair install, i got Error code: 0x80070241, unable to copy some files.

Ideas?

I'd very much like to avoid a clean install
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19 Jan 2010   #138
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Peaches,

Double check to make sure that you did step 2 to close any programs that are running and to temporarily disable your antivirus program. If you have, then you may have a corrupted Windows 7 installation disk or hard drive. It would not hurt to run chkdsk to see if it is your hard drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Jan 2010   #139
tgcws

windows 7 professional
 
 

Hello,
Windows 7 has started shutting down really quickly. Then when I boot the next day the home page appears or not with big black blocks, the system shuts itself down comes back flashes a blue screen so fast there is no way you could see why, then I get the black screen that windows did not shut down properly and gives options of how to boot...I choose normally and all is well. This may or may not happen every day. This has been going on for about 2 weeks.
Just a note, I work on my data files from an external drive that has been checked and is compatible with windows 7, this drive is a regular esata drive in a usb case.
Any ideas as to what is going on. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

By the way I have done the repair install and it fixed the issue at the time this is something new that has come up.

Thanks
TGCWS
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