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Windows 7: Repair Install

07 Nov 2012   #1140
sduncan9

64 bit Windows 7 home premium
 
 

Good evening Brink,
Thanks again for your help and the well written tutorial. Would you have a suggestion on finding instructions for a clean install in my situation? I am mostly worried about getting the right drivers installed.

Best Regards,

Stuart

"Technology is a wonderful thing, unfortunately it does not always perform the way we would like..."


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07 Nov 2012   #1141
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Stuart,

Ain't that the truth.

Since you have Toshiba Satellite, the links below from Toshiba can help show you how to do a factory recovery to restore Windows 7 back to factory conditions if your recovery partition is still intact. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first though.

How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

and

How to recover a Toshiba notebook with the HDD recovery procedure
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19 Nov 2012   #1142
grsims20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hi Brink!
Thanks for writing such a thorough tutorial. I'm having an issue, however. I'm attempting a repair install on Windows 7 Home Premium from a Bootable USB with the ISO from the Dell website. After the installation process moved to the "Expanding Windows Files" stage, it reached 14% and then began to reboot, but it went to the desktop and said that the flash drive had to be closed before it could reboot (the message that you would normally get if you tried to shut down with a program running) with the option to cancel or force close. I didn't know what to do so I clicked force close. It rebooted and went back to the installation screen with the same stages. Now, it's still on the "Expanding Windows Files" stage and it's been stuck at 18% for over an hour. Do I have a reason to panic or should I just wait it out?

Thanks!
Greg
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19 Nov 2012   #1143
grsims20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Update: it got past that point and is now on the last step: "transferring files, settings, and programs" and has been stuck on 41% for over an hour. Hopefully, it'll break through this wall too.
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20 Nov 2012   #1144
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Greg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As long as you have HDD activity, you should go ahead and wait and let it finish. A repair install could take a long time to finish. Doing a hard shut down like that could corrupt the installation and force you to start all over.

Please let us know how it went.
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20 Nov 2012   #1145
grsims20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Will do! It's creeping slowly, but surely. I'm going to let it do its thing and go to sleep and finish up in the morning. I panicked about nothing, I'm sure.
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20 Nov 2012   #1146
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No worries. Hopefully it'll finish up for you without issue.
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20 Nov 2012   #1147
grsims20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Success! Running quite smoothly for now. Thanks BrinK!
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20 Nov 2012   #1148
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Greg. That's great news.
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24 Nov 2012   #1149
santelm

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Can I use Win 7 repair install to get rid of Win 8?

Hi Brink,, I have recently installed Windows 8 (by download) and I really don't like it. In fact it's falling apart before my eyes. The last straw was it forced me to do a 'Refresh' which wiped all of my games and programmes! I use a mouse controlled PC and previously used Windows 7 64bit SP1.. I have in the past successfully used your instructions for a repair install of Windows 7 using my original Microsoft installation disk.... I wondered if I could do a repair install to go back to Windows 7 and if I did how could I ensure I retain my library of files/photos etc?.... What do you think?... regards Rob
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