Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

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

17 Feb 2018   #1

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


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.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2018   #2

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2018   #3

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.
list volume

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

Pay attention on the results, specially bad blocks or bad clusters.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How can I restore Win7 settings after a Win8 install attempt
When trying to install Visio 2013, a Windows 8 installation automatically started; telling me not to shutdown my computer. Thus my own automatic reaction of pulling the plug. Unfortunately, some aspects of Win7 appear to be broken, including the spell check, macro functions (ie. can't load...
Installation & Setup
Win7 clean install keep settings
Hello. I will make some hardware changes in the computer. A new MB, a new CPU and a SSD. At the moment I have only a 1TB HDD who has 3 partitions. C - System, D - Games, E - Others. I wolud like to make a clean instal of Win7 (but not so clean :) ) on SSD and to keep settings from old Win7 in...
Installation & Setup
How to reset Win7 to factory settings with Ubuntu dual-boot
Hi. I need to reset my Gateway Desktop PC's Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits installation to factory settings using the restore utility from the Desktop PC boot, my problem is that I have Ubuntu 11.10 too on dual-boot so I'm not sure what should I take into consideration. There are two options:...
Installation & Setup
Dell T5400, Clean Install Win7 Pro x64, SSD, V4900 - Settings?
Hey everyone, I am new to the forums and generally new to Windows too (always have had Apple products - don't shoot). I am a Design Engineer, and the past few years I have been running Windows XP, then to Windows 7 via Boot Camp on my iMac with Pro/E WF4 (now Creo Elements..). Anyway, I decided...
Installation & Setup
Restore Factory Settings after Clean Install for Win7
HI, I just want to know if I can still bring back the factory setting of my notebook after I clean install a win7. Will I be able to bring it back to vista? If not, I also happen to have a backup dvds for vista because the tech guy from where I bought the notebook told me to do so. Thanks:D
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38.
Twitter Facebook Google+