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Windows 7: Repair Install

29 Oct 2011   #690

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Peter,

It wouldn't hurt to give it another go to see if it may work. You might run a sfc /scannow command to see if it may help any as well.

If you have any temp files, you should be able to run Disk Cleanup as the same in step 19 to remove them.

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30 Oct 2011   #691

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Thanks, I'll give it another try. It's been so long since I installed 7, can you recall what point of the 'expanding files' it gets to before it reboots automatically? I think that's where I screwed up.

I'm just hoping it doesn't mess up my multi-boot.

Edit.. Answering my own question.. It is 18%.
It's going smoothly this time. Let us hope it finishes OK and doesn't leave me stranded in only one OS.
Posting this from my iPad2.
By the way, is Tapatalk the official app for this forum or did the popup try to sell me something useless?
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30 Oct 2011   #692

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Well it's proceeding in rather a bizarre fashion, deciding halfway through to switch to my second monitor, which happens to be my big flat screen TV....very strange. Then it switched back to allow me to enter my key and now both screens are dark...I guess patience is a virtue here.....something I lack most of the time, but I will try to persevere.
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30 Oct 2011   #693

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Well that was, if anything, a make-work project if ever there was one. All it got me was 60 or so updates to do and a zillion drivers to reinstall that no longer functioned. The software in question still wont install so have given up on that. (McAfee 2012 alpha consumer release which I am supposed to be testing).

I am not formatting and reinstalling Windows just for that.
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30 Oct 2011   #694

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Well that stinks. I'm sorry that it wasn't able to help fix it.
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30 Oct 2011   #695

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Thanks Shawn, it's the fault of whomever designed that installer I fear. Hopefully on Monday someone will enlighten me as to what to do next. Apparently it's happened to a few others on staff but not all.

Here's me thinking my Windows was somehow corrupted. Ah well, I live and I learn this way...LOL.

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31 Oct 2011   #696

windows 7 x32 ultimate

Hi fun from Macedonia

I have 1 hard disk with 200 gb memory...The hard disk is split on 2 partitions(local disk): C: and D: program files is in D: with my music,documents,films,pictures and i dont wanna loose this data...IT IS OK TO DO WINDOWS 7 REPAIR with this program files location ?! PLS help : (
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31 Oct 2011   #697

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Voritlas, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You would need to move your user folders back to the Windows C: drive to have them still available after a repair install. If you do not, the folders will not be deleted on D: , but you would have to manually copy the data from the user folders on D: to C: afterwards. When finished, you could move them back from C: to D: again if you like.

Since Program Files is on D: instead of the default C: , you most likely will have to reinstall your programs again. Even if you change Program Files to be on D: again afterwards.

Either way, it's best to backup anything that you do not want to lose to be extra safe.

Hope this helps,
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02 Nov 2011   #698

Windows 7 x32
Possible Ammendment to the Tutorial

The tutorial worked great for me except one part. Step 5c, when I set compatibility to Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) I got the following error during the compatibility check:

Windows 7 Professional cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.

So I went back and unchecked the box to run the program in compatibility mode and was able to proceed with the repair install.

I was working with Windows 7 Pro 32-bit. I didn't have the original OEM install disc, so I used a retail version to do the repair. (In case that has something to do with the above error.)
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02 Nov 2011   #699

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Enzernine, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That was probably the issue with use a retail disc on a OEM installation. Was it a factory or retail OEM installation?

Did the retail installaton disc that you used have SP1 included?
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