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Windows 7: Repair Install

06 Jul 2015   #1870
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Guys. Ok, there are no stupid questions, right? Got a prob with my win7 home premium (Gateway oem os) after doing a cmd check disk one night. OS is still usable, as I am using it now BUT have a second (same model) computer with the same win7 OS to rely on if need be. Tried fairly dated system restore, NO go. Looks like a windows system error, e.g. clicking a link not open the url, so am forced to right click, then open in new tab. First, I have the Gateway Model SX2855 computer, and also had acquired that OEM set of dvd's/cd's titled: [1] "System Disc" (1 each), [2] "Recovery Disc" (4 each) and [3] a single "Language Disc". Second, also made repair disc (3 dvd's) from the Gateway recovery program installed on the computer. Seriously contemplating doing a windows repair (a first time experience here!). The initial "stupid" question is what does a "repair disc" mean in that I have e.g. 4 cd's which seem to be referred to as a singular "disc". Whats up with that "disc" lingo? The other matter is the term "installation disc". I know these "recovery" disc's result in installation of the original windows 7 on this computer, so can these "recovery" cd's disc be used to do a repair of the existing win7 OS program for what appears to be minimal damage? Might have more questions, but if this is too far off topic (seems ok to me right now) just let me know & I will follow directions accordingly. Thanks much all you guys & most certainly you too Brink! Diligent


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06 Jul 2015   #1871
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Diligent,

You have a set of OEM factory recovery discs instead of "retail" installation media (ex: DVD/USB/ISO). Unfortunately, OEM recovery media cannot be used to do a repair install, and can only be used to do a factory reset of Windows to have your PC how it was out of box new.
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06 Jul 2015   #1872
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, understand that reality. Appreciated Brink!

Here is what Gateway says about the 3-dvd "disk" I made from this computers OEM OS recovery partition, under the Gateway article titled "Create the recovery disk in Windows 7". >> "A recovery disk is also known as a restore disc, repair disc, boot disc, or rescue disc." Ah! Ha! I said to myself, it will be a "repair disc" Like Brink talks about is his article.

So is my perception distorted or is this OEM info incorrect, or ????. Thanks Brink.
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06 Jul 2015   #1873
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Anytime.

Unfortunately, the OEMs give their factory recovery media all sorts of different names that can cause confusion. In the end, it's still just OEM factory recovery media.
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06 Jul 2015   #1874
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, this all explains what the real position I am in. Goona try and see if I can get my hands on a new OEM "retail" installation "disc" (one cd/dvd I guess but do not know yet) from Gateway. Any suggestions on this sort of adventure are sure welcome! Again appreciated, Diligent
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06 Jul 2015   #1875
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

To be honest, it's just about impossible to find Windows 7 retail media these days that will be as up to date as your current installation to be able to use it to do a repair install with.

In your situation, it may be best to back up anything that you don't want to lose, and do a factory recovery with the OEM discs you have now.
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06 Jul 2015   #1876
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ya. was thinking that might be what was gonna happen but not for the reasons you stated, which was news to me. Hmmm, really never did a backup before like this. Any suggestions on what to use?
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06 Jul 2015   #1877
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I prefer to just copy and paste the files I want to keep to another location as a backup.

Your factory recovery may also have an option to backup included.
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06 Jul 2015   #1878
Diligent

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, thanks for all the Help Brink. I will wade out into this old/new world and give it another shot. Diligent
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06 Jul 2015   #1879
MikalShmikal

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hey! So I am looking to do a repair install however my issue is that my current Windows is SP1 but the installation disk I have is not SP1. It is probably a simple solution but how would I go about resolving this issue?
Cheers,
Michael
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