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Windows 7: Question for all virtual users w/Win7....

25 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 
Question for all virtual users w/Win7....

Have you successfully installed SP1 for Windows 7?

I want to eliminate the possibility that running a virtual disc is causing my problem installing SP1.

Thanks


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25 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If you have a VM ware or run the XP Mode the vhd is mainly isolated from anything involving the host OS Windows 7. I have the MS Virtual PC as well VMWare Lite Workstation that both run the XP Mode as well as VirtualBox running other OSs but never caused any problem.

Note you shouldn't be running any VM ware, XP Mode, or even av, firewall programs when going to install since those could interfere with the SP install.

The fact that I restored a full system image to the main drive however prevented the SP1 beta and RCs from going on the 64bit Ultimate here until the final release was out this week. Then the error informatio revealed the solution to see results from the SP installer's problem accessing the host volume.

If you are running into a specific error there should be a link to an MS page that will hold some options to try to solve the install problem. Note that the Windows Update Readiness Tool and another update are required to be installed prior to either going through the WU site or download of the stand alone package to see results.

You will also want to review the steps MS has up prior to the next attempt. Steps to follow before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the Microsoft Download Center
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25 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, Night Hawk. I have covered all steps mentioned - several times. I won't go too much further with my issue, as I know this is the wrong forum for this. I want to be able to rule out the possibility that having a virtual disc may be contributing to my problem.

I have finally emailed MS Support & provided my CBS.log file for their review. After researching my error codes & coming up with no solution myself, I hope they will come up with the answer. After all, they created this!
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26 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When you hear back from MS support and if you still continue to have problems start a new one in the Windows Updates & Activation forum there. In fact you may want to review the various problems others are having to see if someone else is having the same error.

Here I will be compiling a list over time of any known problems that come up and the working solutions for them to keep onhand for further reference later at least until SP2 is eventually out being the next large installment for this version of Windows.

As far any interferences by VM wares or any other softwares the best thing when trying again would simply temporarily disabling any unnecessary startup items along with system protections to give it a clean slate to work with. Practically load Windows in an almost safe mode and taking notice of the error will be a large help in seeing the SP go on.
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26 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, Night Hawk - will do.

I do have a question that should be pertinent to this forum:

I am currently performing a repair install of Win 7 64-bit - via the instructions on this site - on my PC that has the SP1 non-install issue.

The guest OS is Win 7 32-bit on my virtual disc. Do I need to do a repair install of the 32-bit OS on the virtual disc also?
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26 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I wouldn't think you would since the repair is being performed on the host OS not the vhd. If you should run into problems running the VPC or VM ware, VBox program being used afterwards you would then need to redo the 32bit VM all over.

A good repair install generally aborbs just about all programs seen on the original installation with some exceptions at times for device drivers mainly. The registry usually remains untouched while exporting and later importing a backup of that would have been one advice before the repair began.

Here I had previously installed Vista on a vhd for running that on the Virtual PC now no longer valid having restored a full system image to the drive some time later. That installation will have to redone due to that while you should stil be able to run the VM as usual once complete.

If anything goes wrong however you would likely see the 32bit VM simply fail to load up fully and stall on you leading to deletion of that for a totally fresh install on another new vhd. This is why the one big advantage the XP Mode sees over other VMs is the access to main drives in order to backup anything you have going on one. They can be fragile at times.

The best thing for now however is see how things go once the repair is complete. If the VM loads up normally you should be all set.
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27 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, Night Hawk. I finally had success installing SP1. The story is here: SP1 - My Story & Ordeal

I'm still trying to figure out how to solve the "no networks available" on my VMware VM. I have performed a repair install of the VMware tools, but that doesn't fix it. All else seems to be working. I may try uninstalling the VMware tools & reinstalling them.

BTW - 32 bit Win 7 was updated to SP1 without a separate install.
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27 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Great news then! I had to use the command prompt option here to clean up the install problems here but finally got the finished SP on anyways!

On the OS being run on the VM change the network adapter if you see more then one listed in under Device Manager>Network adapters. When seeing the 32bit as well as previous versions installed onto VHDs as well as VBox and saw connection problems.

That's where I would simply switch from a Realtek Gigabyte(ohysical nic card) whatever to the shared NET virtual adapter or vice versa to then connect online immediately. Since you are running in a virtual environment you'll find that the shared virtual adapter is what will see you connected there.
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28 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 
All is good now

I finally solved the problem by reinstalling/repairing VMware Player. Everything is back to normal now!

Thanks for your help.
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28 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Sometimes that's what it takes! You may want to note what is seen for the network adapter in the VM's device manager however so you will know which one works in case any other problems appear. That should be a shared type adapter there since the connection is being shared with the host OS.
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