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Windows 7: Win7 won't boot. Can I re-install and keep my user settings?

17 Feb 2018   #1
Hunnicat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Win7 won't boot. Can I re-install and keep my user settings?

I have two questions:


My Windows 7 won't boot! I have Dell with Windows 7 pre-installed.

During boot, it suddenly has begun to fail with a blue screen, which says something about a "vital execution thread has suddenly stopped", or something like that.

Then Windows runs System Restore, which concludes by saying it cannot help me!

It says:

"Unknown bugcheck.

bugcheck f4

0x3
0xfffffa8005943b10
0xfffffa8005943df0
0xfffff800033c9d30"

What does that mean?

Since it said it couldn't recover, I wanted to re-install Windows 7 over the old one, and keep all my settings, installations, etc. But reading a couple of articles on the internet, they all seem to say that one can only do that, if one can get Windows to boot! That's a catch-22!

I find it completely incredible that there wouldn't be the option of re-installing on top of the former installation, keeping all user-settings, etc., and just replacing any system files that might have been damaged.

Is that really the case?

I am at my wits end, trying to find out what I should do.


Isak


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17 Feb 2018   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Should be fine, there are some items that will be reset but not data and important stuff,

Our full tutorial is Here ... Repair Install - Windows 7 Help Forums

Have a read through the tutorial and if you have any questions you are best asking the question at the end of the tutorial thread although you are welcome to ask here of course.

Also ask any questions and be sure you are confident on how to proceed before you start
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18 Feb 2018   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

If you can't boot, a repair install can't be done.

Fist of all, you have to do a disk check.
Boot from windows installation disk, go to repair and launch a CMD window.
Type:
Diskpart
list volume
exit

Then type
chkdsk x: /f (replace x with windows volume you found above)

Pay attention on the results, specially bad blocks or bad clusters.
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