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Windows 7: Trying to reinstall Win 7 SP1 and not lost my stuff

04 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7.... 64 bit
Trying to reinstall Win 7 SP1 and not lost my stuff

I built my own computer and at that time I purchased a copy of Win 7 SP 1. I installed it without a problem and it has been working well for 2 years.

Lately things have started to slip.... my Windows Media Player stopped working and I tried everything I seen on YouTube to fix but can't get it.

So, I decided to reinstall Win 7 SP 1 and I am trying not to lose my programs and data. I do have backups but want to try and avoid that.

So, I put the Win 7 DVD into the drive, restarted and got the computer to boot from the DVD. I accepted the terms of use agreement and then I had two choices; 1. Install upgrade etc or 2. Clean install.

I know clean install is not what I want so I choose the top choice. When I clicked it a notice came up that I should stop the install, eject the DVD, let the computer start normally then reinsert the DVD and perform the install after computer boots normally.

So, I did that, inserted the DVD but nothing. The DVD does not even show up in my device list.

Any help would be appreciated.......

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Before you reinstall Windows, there might be a way to fix your Media Player. == Try a System Restore This will restore your PC to the way it was as of the date of the System Restore you choose. Go back to the date before you had the problem. If that does not solve your problem, try this next. == Follow this tutorial and do a Repair Install This WILL NOT erase any of your programs. It will repair any problems in Windows. Do that and get back to us and see if it helped. == One more thing that would help get things corrected is to fill your System Specs in completely so we know what your PC is.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7.... 64 bit


I will give that a try. I already did the system restore with no luck so it will be on to the next fix.

Thanks much,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Jul 2016   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

If you are still having problems, try this. Click on your "Start Button" and type in Device Manager and hit enter. See if there are any "Yellow Exclamation Marks". This is a sign something is wrong. Tell us what it is next to.
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04 Jul 2016   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

Before you do much of anything, backup your data. You never know when something will go wrong.
If you can. create an image backup to an external hard drive using a program like Macrium Reflect Free.

If you can't do that backup your important data (pictures, documents, music, etc) to a flash drive.

Most people don't backup until after they have lost important data. Don't be one of them.
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04 Jul 2016   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64

Why didn`t you ever create a disk image

All you have to do to correct everything is do a repair install.

You should not be storing data on your windows partition.

And why is it such a big deal to reinstall programs.

Once again, if you had made frequent disk images you would not have this problem, all you`d have to do is re image windows, it takes 20 minutes.
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05 Jul 2016   #7

Windows 7.... 64 bit

Ok, I finally got the Windows 7 software to reinstall itself and keep my programs BUT.....

I'm starting to panic. Everything went fine up until the step of: Transfering files, settings, and programs started. All went well and it made it to 72% restored. This is where it has stuck. I get a message at the bottom of the window saying, Please wait..... and the numbers are 1165432 of 1165748. And that's where it is staying. Just Please Wait, then how much was transferred and over and over again.

Anyone have any suggestions? It has been like 30 minutes and that is how far it got. It's 30 minutes of the transferring files and settings step.

Should I restart even tho the upgrade is technically still running?

Anyone.... please advise.

*** I tried to click the red X to stop the stuck screen but I got a message stating that stopping now may cause my computer to a potentially unstable condition.

So there you go.... can't quit it and unless it fixes itself and gets out of the "stuck" mode I guess I just have to turn the computer off and then back on to see what happens. I will wait for a response from this forum before I do that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2016   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

I am not sure what you are doing. It sounds like you are Reinstalling Windows. Did you do the Repair Install? If you are doing anything else besides a Repair Install you are going to lose all of your files. Please get back with us.
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05 Jul 2016   #9

Windows 7.... 64 bit

I did the install that said (something Like) Click here if you don't want to erase or lose all of your files etc."

It is on this screen......

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05 Jul 2016   #10

Windows 7.... 64 bit

Well, I have screwed it up royal now. I hit the reset button because the installation just kept on the transferring files, settings, and programs screen. All went well and it made it to 72% restored. After 2 hours I pressed the restart button.

Then I get this message......

"The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation."

When I click the OK button I get a message that "Setup will continue after restarting your computer."

And the computer just keeps doing that, over and over.

Do you think I have to reinstall the entire Windows 7?
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