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Windows 7: Stuck in a failed update loop.

17 Nov 2013   #21
total confusion

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hope this goes better than the kitchen I'm designing, stupid program just put an island right in the middle of the kitchen sink


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17 Nov 2013   #22
NoelDP

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At least you caught it in the design stage and not after some idiot chippy had built it that way!
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17 Nov 2013   #23
total confusion

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Yeah, cause I'm the idiot who is going to be building it
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17 Nov 2013   #24
NoelDP

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OK I've had a look at the files, and it seems to me that the problem is simply a case of missing data, rather than corruptions.

Paradoxically, that makes a repair harder rather than easier, as the usual corruption is only a single bitflip, which allows a quick repair. Missing data has to be built up from scratch - or the detection system fooled.

All of the affected registry entries are for SP1 rather than an ordinary patch.


I suspect that your best (and safest) option is going to be a repair install of Windows, and then updating again.

See the instructions here..


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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17 Nov 2013   #25
total confusion

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks for all of your efforts Noel. I've dreaded doing that. Question: If I do a repair install do I lose all of my personal files?
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17 Nov 2013   #26
NoelDP

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A repair install should keep all your data intact, although you will lose a few system settings as they are restored to default.

As always -- back up to external media first, just incase....
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17 Nov 2013   #27
total confusion

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks Noel
I just read all of those instructions for creating a useable ISO DVD repair disk. Sounds easy enough (then why is my gut tied in a knot). Sure wish there was an easier way.
I made a repair disk (SP 1) from digital rivers before. Am I to understand that this would be a different one that includes the updates or am I just praying out loud?
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17 Nov 2013   #28
NoelDP

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Repair disks are a whole different ball-game to install disks. - and usually contain a minimum number of files, just sufficient to gain access and control of a dead installation so you an find out what's wrong and put it right. I prefer to use full install disks for that purpose anyhow.
Unfortunately there's no such thing as a downloadable disk that's been updated past the basic SP1 install.
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17 Nov 2013   #29
total confusion

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

So the ISO image I got of the 7 Pro with SP1 before will be the same one as the one I just downloaded??? If it is then I should just be able to back everything up and run that. I don't need to make another one Yes, no?
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17 Nov 2013   #30
NoelDP

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Assuming it's the full SP1 disk, yes, it'll be the same .

Good luck!
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