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Windows 7: Repair Install

02 Sep 2014   #1640
Trevor G

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Repair Install fails on HP laptop

I am getting unrecoverable errors running sfc /scannow, so I figure something is bad... and hence, would like to run this to attempt to rectify ails my system. I D/L'd the Win7/64 Media upgrade file, unzipped onto my local C drive, and ran from there.

First attempt still reported some issues, but it allowed me to proceed anyway. And after many hours, it failed. I then reran the uninstall of the offending program (ATI program Manager), and after rebooting a couple times, got the install happening again - I felt sure this time it would work. Off to bed while it runs...

Dang. It still failed, reverted to my old system, and just left a message on login that the version was incompatible.

OK - my system is Win7/64 Home Premium SP1 ... running on an HP DV7 Pavillion laptop, (which I rebuilt only about 6 months ago). I am running the W7/64 HP Media update iso... so have no idea why it is complaining. I have watched this thing for hours - it gets to the last step (about that point I am falling asleep - at about 6AM in the morning)

Any advice appreciated... otherwise it looks like it's another full restore.


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02 Sep 2014   #1641
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Trevor, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately, when a repair install keeps failing, you usually would need to do a clean install instead. Most likely the media version you are using is no longer current due to a recent Windows Update.

Before do a clean install, did you see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this issue started may help?
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02 Sep 2014   #1642
Trevor G

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This saga began a couple days back - I noticed I had heaps of ntfs errors in event log. Hmmm - run chkdsk. Which complained, and advised me to go to a restore point. Fine. Run system restore... which says it encountered problems, and advised me to run chkdsk. !@#$

Digging around, I found the article re sfc - which barfed after a short time.

Current status is, somehow I managed to get chkdsk to run, it now completes OK.
When I examine the mess of output in the CBS log from sfc, I see the last entry has this in it:

d:\win7sp1_gdr\base\wcp\sil\merged\ntu\ntsystem.cpp(2057): Error STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND originated in function Windows::Rtl::SystemImplementation:irectFileSystemProvider::SysCreateFile expression: (null)

d:\ ??? That path is where my factory restore stuff lives !!! What I fear is that running the full factory reset again may still leave me with an impaired system. It shouldn't, of course - but I am loathe to go down that path (takes about a week to get my world restored) - specially if it doesn't fix the problems (of which there are a few on my system - but that's another story)

Last time I tried using a restore point - it failed as said. Will try again... now that chkdsk is happier than it was originally.

Thanks for a super-quick reply!!
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05 Sep 2014   #1643
Monumental

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with SP1. I have a retail OEM Windows 7 Home Premium x64 without SP1 installation disk. So I downloaded the Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U- X17-58997.iso from your link above. I followed the instructions in Step 4 and used 7zip to extract the files to another drive on the computer and then ran setup.exe. The license agreement at Step 10 says Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1. At step 12 the only compatibility issues I receive relate to some Android/Samsung drivers. Step 13 nearly completes but I don't get to step 14. Instead I'm rebooted to my Admin account login and there's a message saying this version of Windows isn't compatible.

Anyone see where I'm going wrong?
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05 Sep 2014   #1644
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Monumental,

It could be a recent Windows Update that made your currently installed Windows no longer compatible with the current ISO available. Usually when you are not able to do a repair install, you're left with having to do a clean install instead.

I'm not sure what issue you may be having that lead you to want to do a repair install, but have you already tried doing a system restore using a restore point dated before the issue to see if it may help?
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05 Sep 2014   #1645
Monumental

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Monumental,

It could be a recent Windows Update that made your currently installed Windows no longer compatible with the current ISO available. Usually when you are not able to do a repair install, you're left with having to do a clean install instead.

I'm not sure what issue you may be having that lead you to want to do a repair install, but have you already tried doing a system restore using a restore point dated before the issue to see if it may help?
I was crashing at boot and went through hell just trying to get it to boot. I tried System Restore about 20 times before it finally worked. sfc /scannow is still showing a couple corrupted files. I went through all the steps short of manually removing and reinstalling those files and gregrocker suggested a repair install.

I guess I could try the manual option.
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05 Sep 2014   #1646
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The manual method may help, but they'll need to be for the same version you currently have installed, or they may still show up in SFC.
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07 Sep 2014   #1647
Evie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The tutorial says to disable any 3rd party firewalls. What about the Windows firewall? Is it okay to leave that enabled during the repair install?
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07 Sep 2014   #1648
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Evie,

The Windows Firewall will not affect a repair install, so no worries.
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07 Sep 2014   #1649
ENunn

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bir
 
 

I wanted to repair Windows, but I have 7 GB of data on my hard disk.
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