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Windows 7: REAL repair install win7/64 - NOT booting system

05 Feb 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

gregrocker - i'll never be you & you'll never be me.

i'll only consider 7 ready for prime time when it does do a repair installation, even if via workarounds. as you know, repair is a very powerful tool not only in crash-recovery, but in transporting a software environment to another box without having to re-install / re-tweak each apps settings. and various other situations.

i work with video & need so many complex apps in the system that a fresh-install would take weeks, or months. & if that week is when a client is awaiting delivery i'll just have lost that client.

i was suspecting that there may be some versions-check happening at the start of the install that determines whether upgrade dialogue appears - something like this:
How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release) - How-To Geek

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05 Feb 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP


We use that workaround a lot here to change Win7 versions that won't be unlocked by Anytime Upgrade.

Please keep us posted on what you find. This is indeed very interesting and potentially useful.

You can also migrate OS using SysPrep: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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05 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

sysPrep looks promising, and of course i've never even tried it. still, it seems that you're far likelier to end up in re-activation hell than you would with a repair. and it needs the source box up / running.

btw - off subject - revo is not as good as i 1st thought - on its last two full backups the software hive was size 0. and it doesn't store the backups to the user configured-directory despite the option being there. let's start a fund-raisinig initiative to get mr. lederer to update erunt!
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05 Feb 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP


SysPrep removes activation so it is a fresh slate on startup on the new hardware, or when reimaged.

I've never used Revo for anything but uninstaller.
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