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Windows 7: Think Outside Microsoft's Box-How to Boot Win7 DVD and Upgrade to Win7

23 Jun 2012   #11
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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I'm in the same boat as the author. I'd like to be able to do a repair installation too, any suggestions are welcome.

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24 Jun 2012   #12
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

You will need to Repair Install Windows 7.

Steps 1-3 and 5-7 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 will help you get installation media, backup any important files (just in case), and obtain your license keys for software (just in case) and the Windows license key (you will need this key).
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25 Jun 2012   #13
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
You will need to Repair Install Windows 7.

Steps 1-3 and 5-7 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 will help you get installation media, backup any important files (just in case), and obtain your license keys for software (just in case) and the Windows license key (you will need this key).
Did you even read the post? The point is to be able to do that without booting Windows (and running it from a "live" Windows CD doesn't work either). Anyway, I didn't get answers soon enough and really needed to get some work done, so I took the "easy/timekilling copout" and just fresh installed. It still really bugs/disappoints me that there is no way to do an upgrade installation without being able to boot into Windows, because that is when a "repair" installation is most useful. Why "repair" if there's nothing to fix?

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25 Jun 2012   #14
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

My apologies for not reading the long original post; I have been overworked the past couple days catching up on 200+ threads... Thought you were just trying to repair install.

For future reference: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot may be of use if you have similar issues.
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25 Jun 2012   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't think any one has figured out how to do it that way yet.

I have another way - it relies on there being shadow copies - otherwise it won't work.
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26 Jun 2012   #16
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
My apologies for not reading the long original post; I have been overworked the past couple days catching up on 200+ threads... Thought you were just trying to repair install.

For future reference: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot may be of use if you have similar issues.
I didn't ever get a chance to actually follow that guide, but I do remember trying a lot of it ("startup repair", "bootrec" command in command prompt, "sfc" in command prompt, redoing the boot files from a bootable "partition wizard" CD, etc.). It just really surprises me that there wouldn't be a way to do a repair install, it would make a lot of people's days easier, at least it certainly would have for mine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I don't think any one has figured out how to do it that way yet.

I have another way - it relies on there being shadow copies - otherwise it won't work.
Even though it's too late for me now, do you remember how you got it to work with that method?

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26 Jun 2012   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, it is a simple idea- I made a little app. that shows the contents of your shadow copies from within booted winpe.

You just then copy what you want back , either replacing only the registry hives ( which often fixes things) , or

copy back the entire os.
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