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Windows 7: Repair Install


02 Feb 2009   #509
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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12 Apr 2011   #510
ajfudge

Windows 7 Professional x64 | Windows ME | Windows 8 Dev Preview
 
 

Oh, very enlightening tut, btw.
I especially love the details on notes and warnings.

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12 Apr 2011   #511
machete007

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Machete, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A System Repair Disc is not a installation disc, and will only boot to the System Recovery Options screen. Since it cannot install Windows 7, it cannot be used to do a repair install with.

Since you have a OEM Toshiba computer, it only comes with a system recovery partition that is used to do a factory restore of Windows 7 to have it back to like it was out of the box.

How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

Hope this helps,
Shawn

hi brink! if ever i use the toshiba hdd recovery utility, does it the same as reinstalling my windows 7? tnx alot!
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12 Apr 2011   #512
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Machete,

Yes, it will wipe your computer clean and reinstall Windows 7 back to the way it was when the computer first came out of the box.
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12 Apr 2011   #513
machete007

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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

Yes, it will wipe your computer clean and reinstall Windows 7 back to the way it was when the computer first came out of the box.
really?!!! wow!hehe! but i'm wondering about my wifi connection..do you think, it will affect my connection for it will clean my computer? coz i forgot already the password or pin code..huh! and 1 more thing, if i do the toshiba hdd recovery utility, do i need to go on-line? or it just ok if im not connected to the internet? tnx brink!
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12 Apr 2011   #514
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I would recommend that you find out what your wifi password is and your network setup settings first. They will be wiped out as well.

You will not need to be online when doing the factory recovery, but you will need to be later for activatio.
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13 Apr 2011   #515
drdigital1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to get installation disks?

I am afraid this might had been answered but I did not find it.
I do not have installation disks (I only have OEM Recovery disks from HP). Is there a way to get installation disks?
I found a web site where they mention the same limitations of OEM recovery disks; they describe how to get/create a “Windows 7 Recovery Disc” that can be used to repair start-up problems; this is NOT the System 7 Installation Disk mentioned in the tutorial.
So is there a way to get installation disks?
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13 Apr 2011   #516
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drdigital1, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but the download at that website is for a System Repair Disc. You cannot do a repair install with a System Repair Disc. A System Repair Disc is not a installation disc, and will only boot to the System Recovery Options screen.

You will not be able to use a OEM Windows 7 Factory Restore/Recovery type of installation disc that came with or created from a store bought computer to do a repair install with. These can only be used do a clean install instead.
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13 Apr 2011   #517
drdigital1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to get/create the installation disks

Brink, thanks for the quick answer.
Yes, understood.
How can I get/create the installation disks needed to run the procedure described in the tutorial?
Thanks
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13 Apr 2011   #518
drdigital1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Creating Installation Disc

I think I found the answer:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc – Create
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/85813-windows-7-universal-installation-disc-create.html
Please confirm that such a disc can be used for the repair/install procedure described in the tutorial.
Thanks,
P.S. SevenForums.com is AWESOME!
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13 Apr 2011   #519
ajfudge

Windows 7 Professional x64 | Windows ME | Windows 8 Dev Preview
 
 

I'm just going to re-post my question in case someone missed it.
Here it goes:

I'm kinda having trouble performing a repair install.
I did every steps carefully until after the "upgrade" for which a dialog box appeared and said "You already have the latest... etc etc etc. You cannot upgrade etc etc etc..."
So I figured this was because of my SP1, so I tried to uninstall it (using both the uninstall prog in Control panel and through elevated cmd), but my SP1 simply refuses to be removed (darn stubborn thing).

I wanted to do a repair install because my sfc scan log showed errors that cannot be repaired. I also tried replacing the files with the originals extracted from my installation disc, but there is this one corrupted file that just can't get fixed namely "pkeyconfig".

I'm a little frustrated now to go and try uninstalling SP1 and performing another repair install. So, uhm, can I just ignore the pkeyconfig and go and live a happy computing life? Or is it a critical file that it would cost me crashes and freezes in the future if I leave it unfixed?

Thank you to whoever has time to respond.
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