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Windows 7: Win 7 Repair

09 May 2011   #1
IrishLefty

Windows 7
 
 
Win 7 Repair

Is there an actual way to perform a Windows "Repair" using the Windows installation disc similar to how it was done with previous iterations of Windows? I've tried some of the things suggested here (and elsewhere) but they just do not work correctly. I do not want to completely reload Windows. Thank you.


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09 May 2011   #2
tgerbert

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's been a little while since I've attempted, but I'm relatively sure that if you boot from a Windows 7 DVD one of the options should be "Repair" - is that not the case? Is there a specific problem you're trying to fix?
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09 May 2011   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can perform startup repairs, or do a system restore from booting 7 dvd.

You cannot do a repair installation from boot if that's what you mean.

I believe you could do - in the olden days with xp .

Looks like they are bringing in a much improved method of doing that with Windows 8.

With Windows 7 it is only possible to do a repair install - if you can boot into 7.
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09 May 2011   #4
IrishLefty

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, I'm afraid you guys are right, Windows Repair no longer exists. I do not have the option for a "restore" or a complete re-install because I would loose way too much.

My problem is not that bad where I am willing to start all over again. I just lost everything except solid colors for my Desktop Background and nothing I tried will fix it. I know that Windows has at least one corrupted file that's causing it, and that's why I was hoping that someone found a way to run Windows Repair.
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09 May 2011   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
With Windows 7 it is only possible to do a repair install - if you can boot into 7.
Here's How Repair Install
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09 May 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can run a sfc /scan from WinRE to see if that may help, sometime it takes a couple runs to complete successfully and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.




SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot
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10 May 2011   #7
IrishLefty

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks guys. Unfortunately I've tried those techniques and they did not solve my problem. That's pretty much why I believe that I have at least one corrupted Windows file. Maybe Microsoft will reincorporate Windows Repair in Service Pack 2.
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10 May 2011   #8
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

Are you having a specific problem or just a bunch of different issues?
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10 May 2011   #9
IrishLefty

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Are you having a specific problem or just a bunch of different issues?
As I said earlier: "I just lost everything except solid colors for my Desktop Background and nothing I tried will fix it. I know that Windows has at least one corrupted file that's causing it, and that's why I was hoping that someone found a way to run Windows Repair."

It's not that important and I can live with it, but it irritates me that Microsoft would do away with one easy and effective way of fixing things that go wrong with Windows, i.e. Windows Repair.
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10 May 2011   #10
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IrishLefty View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Are you having a specific problem or just a bunch of different issues?
As I said earlier: "I just lost everything except solid colors for my Desktop Background and nothing I tried will fix it. I know that Windows has at least one corrupted file that's causing it, and that's why I was hoping that someone found a way to run Windows Repair."

It's not that important and I can live with it, but it irritates me that Microsoft would do away with one easy and effective way of fixing things that go wrong with Windows, i.e. Windows Repair.

Did you even try as Bare Foot Kid said? Running SFC multiple times? One thing I have had good luck with with "wierd" issues is System Mechanic by Iolo Software. You can download a 30 day trial and see if that will clear it up. That software has helped me a bunch of times with issues I was unable to solve, and rebuild was not an option. Free and wont take long, worth a shot if SFC doesn't work. Good luck.
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