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Windows 7: Unable to install games on Steam

22 Apr 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

If you wish to do a "clean install" of Windows 7, it would fix all the issues you've been experiencing, but you will lose all of your data unless you back up what you wish to keep to an external hard drive or USB flash drive. This means you would have to re-download all of the games you currently have installed on Steam or backup all of the games through Steam but you would need an external hard drive/USB flash drive with a large capacity and it would take quite some time. On top of that you would have to re-install every program you currently use after the clean install and you would lose all data for them but once again you could probably back them up, but I've never done that for a clean install. In other words, you lose everything except what you back up. If you want more info on clean installing Windows 7 check out this thread.

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24 Apr 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Is it possible to install an operation system without losing data, or would I have to use an external hard drive? Also, another issue. The same window comes up asking for SPInstaller when I try updating windows with the service pack. I can't take this any longer.
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25 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Final update: Guess what? I figured out what the problem was! After looking at the problem, my mom suggested that we contact ESET Tech Support (ESET is my antivirus software). So this morning we talked with the representative from ESET, and he identified the problem as a virus which messed up the part of the computer system that associated file types. After some short touch ups, he managed to vanquish the virus and now I can install my games! But thanks anyway to the people who posted on this thread to try to help me. Thanks guys!
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05 May 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Its a virus that pops up the window to choose the file to open the .exe
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