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Windows 7: Repair Install


02 Feb 2009   #479
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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18 Mar 2011   #480
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

BammBamm,

Doing a repair install should only be done as a last restort to avoid doing a clean install when nothing else has worked to fix a issue that you can't live with.

It's not going to help anything in the installation if there was nothing wrong to begin with.


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18 Mar 2011   #481
Zeonstar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I thought I would share an interesting update. I swapped out my motherboard today, going from an Abit IP35 to a Gigabyte with P43 chipset. Hooked everything up, plugged everything in and...Windows loaded just fine. It installed some drivers but that was pretty much it. I completed changed my motherboard and it didn't even seem to phase Windows 7.

I was fully prepared to do a clean install, figuring I would not have a choice. But now that I do have a choice, I might go ahead and do a clean install, I haven't decided yet. The computer is already running a lot better and is more responsive just with the new motherboard. Which by the way is the quietest computer I've ever seen.
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18 Mar 2011   #482
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Zeonstar. You got lucky.
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19 Mar 2011   #483
BammBamm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
BammBamm,

Doing a repair install should only be done as a last restort to avoid doing a clean install when nothing else has worked to fix a issue that you can't live with.

It's not going to help anything in the installation if there was nothing wrong to begin with.
Oh, alright. I guess my biggest problem is knowing when to say 'when', when it comes to fiddling with my PC.

My motto is:
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"If it ain't broke, dink around with it until it is, perform a major facepalm, try to figure out how to fix what wasn't broken in the first freakin' place, then, when you're almost ready to wave the white flag, consult the experts at Windows Seven Forums."
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19 Mar 2011   #484
Zeonstar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
That's great news Zeonstar. You got lucky.
Of that I have no doubt. I'm not sure if my luck is contributed to the qaulity of Win 7, but I'm definitely impressed.
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25 Mar 2011   #485
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

sooo wait, am I reading this right? If I have a Dell machine that came from the factory with Windows 7 Pro x64, and I have installed SP1 on it, then to do a repair install I would have to go purchase a new retail Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 DVD ($150 or more I'm guessing) if I do not have the SP1 backup files still on the machine?? That just seems completely ludicrous to me.
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25 Mar 2011   #486
Mrhermit

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 
Reinstalling Windows 7

I have tried your reinstall procedure 3 times now with no luck. I am trying to reinstall from a Windows 7 32-bit upgrade disk. Is it because it is the upgrade disk that it will not reinstall? I did not see if you mentioned that it could or could not be reinstalled from the upgrade disk.
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25 Mar 2011   #487
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
sooo wait, am I reading this right? If I have a Dell machine that came from the factory with Windows 7 Pro x64, and I have installed SP1 on it, then to do a repair install I would have to go purchase a new retail Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 DVD ($150 or more I'm guessing) if I do not have the SP1 backup files still on the machine?? That just seems completely ludicrous to me.
Hello Patrick,

Sorry, but a Dell OEM factory recovery installation disc/partition will only allow you to do a clean Dell factory restore of Windows 7 and not a repair install. That's the trade off of having a lower cost OEM vs full cost retail copy of Windows 7.

You might post the issue that you are having in a separate new thread in the appropriate forum area to see if we may be able to help you fix it without having to do a factory restore.
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25 Mar 2011   #488
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mrhermit View Post
I have tried your reinstall procedure 3 times now with no luck. I am trying to reinstall from a Windows 7 32-bit upgrade disk. Is it because it is the upgrade disk that it will not reinstall? I did not see if you mentioned that it could or could not be reinstalled from the upgrade disk.
Hello Mr. Hermit, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have SP1 installed?

If so, see the warning box at the top of the tutorial for more details about it.
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25 Mar 2011   #489
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
sooo wait, am I reading this right? If I have a Dell machine that came from the factory with Windows 7 Pro x64, and I have installed SP1 on it, then to do a repair install I would have to go purchase a new retail Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 DVD ($150 or more I'm guessing) if I do not have the SP1 backup files still on the machine?? That just seems completely ludicrous to me.
Hi Patrick, as Shawn (Brink) says, there are certain restrictions with OEM versions of Windows. But there is an easy way to protect yourself from mischief - and that is imaging.

If you do frequent imaging, you can always bail yourself out of a tight spot and have no need for repair functions. There is a vast choice of free and paid imaging programs. I myself use free Macrium which does a beautiful job - it is fast, easy to use, reliable and you always know what you are doing. Here is my tutorial if you want to persue the idea: Imaging with free Macrium
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