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Windows 7: Repair Install

22 Mar 2012   #820
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Jools,

It looks like you will not be able to do a repair install.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2012   #821
ksims

 
 
Retail Upgrade repair install

I have to admit, I'm stumped by the issue I have.
My 7 Pro x64 install became hosed, and unbootable, and the startup repair fails each time, whether I run from disk or from install media. I've tried booting to the upgrade disc, but, it will not allow me to perform an in place upgrade, to repair the boot files,unless I boot into Windows and run the upgrade from within; which I can't do anyway.
Is it possible to use my original upgrade disc to perform a repair and if so, what am I missing here?
Thanks for the help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2012   #822
ajfudge

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

ksims,

It seems to me that your hard disk is failing. If I may, I recommend that you buy a new hard disk. And hopefully you have made a OS backup/clone that you can recover/transfer to your new hard disk. That would save you the trouble of having to re-install or repair install Windows and other programs.

AFAIK, you won't be able to perform a repair install with an upgrade disk. But I believe brink have a more reliable insight on that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2012   #823
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ksims View Post
I have to admit, I'm stumped by the issue I have.
My 7 Pro x64 install became hosed, and unbootable, and the startup repair fails each time, whether I run from disk or from install media. I've tried booting to the upgrade disc, but, it will not allow me to perform an in place upgrade, to repair the boot files,unless I boot into Windows and run the upgrade from within; which I can't do anyway.
Is it possible to use my original upgrade disc to perform a repair and if so, what am I missing here?
Thanks for the help
Hello ksims,

Sorry, but you can only do a repair install from within Windows 7 since it's a inplace upgrade install to the same edition installed.

Before running off to get a new HDD, what brand is your current one? I'll look up the program from the manufacturer and post back with a link that you can use to test the HDD at boot with and see if it's actually dead or dying or not first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 Apr 2012   #824
maeve1941

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for this information, it sounds like the sort of thing I will have to check with my son who knows more than I do. I will try it out when I can get a chance. Thanks again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2012   #825
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Maeve. Please let us know if you have any questions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Apr 2012   #826
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I noticed it says you need to use the disc that has been installed. The disc that came with my computer was originally Home Premium and was upgraded to Professional. How do I do this since I don't have a Professional installation disc?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Apr 2012   #827
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Ben,

What did you use to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro with?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Apr 2012   #828
HairyScot

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Will a repair install fix issues with the BCD?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Apr 2012   #829
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jim,

Not always. You might post your BCD issue in a new thread to see if we may be able to help fix it first instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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