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Windows 7: Problems with recovery

12 Feb 2011   #1
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Problems with recovery

I was considering doing a recovery to an earlier restore point because I was having problems with an installation, and when I tried to run recovery, it wouldn't work.

What I got was this:
Problems with recovery-screenshot008.jpg
Problems with recovery-screenshot009.jpg





Is there any alternative to backup and recovery, or a way to reinstall or fix it?

Thanks,

Carl




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12 Feb 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

Are you trying to recover using a stored image? Use your DVD Repair Console or Repair CD:
System Image Recovery

It's too late to make the image now. If you're trying to back up your files drag the active User folders to an external, another network computer or DVD.

Or are you trying to System Restore?

Your other options if you have a Win7 DVD are to Repair Install or to re-install windows 7

If you have factory OEM, you can also run your Recovery Disks or the Recovery Partition from boot after backing up your files.
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12 Feb 2011   #3
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you trying to recover using a stored image? Use your DVD Repair Console or Repair CD:
System Image Recovery

It's too late to make the image now. If you're trying to back up your files drag the active User folders to an external, another network computer or DVD.

Or are you trying to System Restore?

Your other options if you have a Win7 DVD are to Repair Install or to re-install windows 7

If you have factory OEM, you can also run your Recovery Disks or the Recovery Partition from boot after backing up your files.

I was actually trying to do a system restore. I tried that, and got the same result - it hiccupped on trying to set a restore point.

I have a Windows 7 upgrade disk - I upgraded from XP. Can I repair Windows 7 with that without having to back everything up?
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12 Feb 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you can boot into windows -- try this:

Repair Install
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12 Feb 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is always recommended to backup the user data before you do such a manipulation. In principle, a system restore from a restore point should not touch the user data nor should a Repair Install. But it is better safe than sorry.

The other day I had all partitions on seperate data disk (not a different partition but different drive) disappear to end up with a completely empty 320GB RAW disk. It even wiped out my Vista system that I had kept on that disk. Fortunately I have recent images for everything so I could bail myself out.
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13 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Just to clarify: You want to run System Restore and not set a Restore Point.

It seems you're confused about creating an image and setting a restore point. It's too late to do either. You want to restore now from either an image (if you have it) or a restore point which should be given in a list when you open System Restore:

Problems with recovery-capture.png from tutorial System Restore

If for some reason you don't have a Restore Point to try, then run a Repair Install


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13 Feb 2011   #7
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you can boot into windows -- try this:

Repair Install
If you do this repair install, are you going to lose files? Are you going to have reinstall programs?

thaniks,

Carl
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13 Feb 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

No, read the link which explains exactly what it does: Repair Install.

The type in light blue are links to tutorials which explain everything in depth.

First: do you have any listed Restore Points to System Restore from? Look at my post above.
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13 Feb 2011   #9
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
No, read the link which explains exactly what it does: Repair Install. The type in light blue are links to tutorials which explain everything in depth.

First: do you have any listed Restore Points to System Restore from? Look at my post above.
I'm doind what the tutorial says and I get this:

Problems with recovery-screenshot010.jpg
before it does anything. It just hangs there.


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13 Feb 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

OK, I see now that you have hangs when trying to start both Backup and Restore. How long before the utilities then open?

Is this new behavior? If you know for sure this type of corruption was not existing previously, booting Win7 Recovery to run System Restore may remedy it.
System Recovery Options
System Repair Disc - Create

If not, then I'd try the Repair Install as it can fix problems like this.

If not, you'll need to consider a Clean Reinstall. Clean Install Windows 7
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