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Windows 7: Repair/Install as in XP

13 Sep 2009   #1
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 
Repair/Install as in XP

One thing that gave me the warm fuzzies under XP was the ability to do a Repair/install or Inplace Upgrade whenever required such as when I replaced a mother board. It was simply a matter of boring down to the proper place on the XP CD.

I have not been able to find that capability on the CD I made from either the 32 bit or 64 bit Release Candidate downloads. Surely it must exist.

Would someone mind pointing me to it if it does exist?

Thank you very much.


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13 Sep 2009   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Afraid not. There is an upgrade/repair install feature - but you need to be booted into the o/s to use it.

Repair Install
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13 Sep 2009   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Afraid not. There is an upgrade/repair install feature - but you need to be booted into the o/s to use it.

Repair Install
you're just too quick for me
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13 Sep 2009   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's an option if you have access to a machine with 7 on it.


System Repair Disc - Create
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13 Sep 2009   #5
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Afraid not. There is an upgrade/repair install feature - but you need to be booted into the o/s to use it.

Repair Install
Thank you.

I think the link you provided will do the job
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13 Sep 2009   #6
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Here's an option if you have access to a machine with 7 on it.


System Repair Disc - Create
Thanks for the suggestion.

I created the repair disk just as soon as I installed the release candidate a few weeks ago.

I've often wondered how that disk differs from booting the installation disk and choosing 'repair.' The interface appears to be the same.

Would choosing the 'repair' option and then choosing the option that gives you the ability to fix the things that prevent Windows from starting? That is, in the case of a new motherboard not booting as I am sure I will be changing out the MB one of these days is history is an indication.

Thanks again.



Thanks
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14 Sep 2009   #7
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
Would choosing the 'repair' option and then choosing the option that gives you the ability to fix the things that prevent Windows from starting? That is, in the case of a new motherboard not booting as I am sure I will be changing out the MB one of these days is history is an indication.
jsquareg, I have done it (replaced motherboard and run repair install) and it worked with Win7, I could then boot it normally. I then had driver problems etc, meaning the best is to do a clean install. If you can, that should be the safe option.
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14 Sep 2009   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You might find running startup repair would allow you to boot into the o/s - then you could try the repair install.

I am not convinced it would work - depending how dissimilar the new hardware is.

There is a program called Adaptive restore - available on the boot discs of Pargon Hard Disk Manager Pro and Drive Backup Pro - that will restore the o/s to different harware.


It is based on the fact that these operating systems do not delete their distributive driver repositories after the setup, but simply make them inactive in the Windows Registry. These driver repositories can be made available during the restore procedure to let Windows automatically find and install any lacking driver.

Of course, it is possible the o/s did not include all the drivers needed for your new hardware in the first place - if so , they will need to be installed.

It is the same as if you clean installed the o/s on your new hardware - except, of course, you are transferring the existing o/s and don't need to reinstall apps., update, setup, etc.

Works on Server 2008 - so should work on 7.
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18 Sep 2009   #9
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
Would choosing the 'repair' option and then choosing the option that gives you the ability to fix the things that prevent Windows from starting? That is, in the case of a new motherboard not booting as I am sure I will be changing out the MB one of these days is history is an indication.
jsquareg, I have done it (replaced motherboard and run repair install) and it worked with Win7, I could then boot it normally. I then had driver problems etc, meaning the best is to do a clean install. If you can, that should be the safe option.
Thank you.

My problem is that I couldn't find the 'repair/install' type option. Is it the same as the repair option that is supposed to 'fix the things that prevent Windows from starting'?

I am aware of the potential problems associated with not doing a clean install but think it worthwhile to try before doing a clean install. The repair/install worked perfectly on 3 mb change outs under XP.

Anyway, I am just trying to anticipate what might be the case.

Thanks again.
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18 Sep 2009   #10
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You might find running startup repair would allow you to boot into the o/s - then you could try the repair install.

I am not convinced it would work - depending how dissimilar the new hardware is.

There is a program called Adaptive restore - available on the boot discs of Pargon Hard Disk Manager Pro and Drive Backup Pro - that will restore the o/s to different harware.


It is based on the fact that these operating systems do not delete their distributive driver repositories after the setup, but simply make them inactive in the Windows Registry. These driver repositories can be made available during the restore procedure to let Windows automatically find and install any lacking driver.

Of course, it is possible the o/s did not include all the drivers needed for your new hardware in the first place - if so , they will need to be installed.

It is the same as if you clean installed the o/s on your new hardware - except, of course, you are transferring the existing o/s and don't need to reinstall apps., update, setup, etc.

Works on Server 2008 - so should work on 7.
Thank you.

As I explained to wallyinnc, I am having trouble finding how to do the repair install. It was the second appearance of repair on the XP disk.

Oh well, no big problem. Hope I never have to do it .
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