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Windows 7: Repair Install

03 Apr 2013   #1270
Kaktussoft

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Can this be done from within win7 safe mode?


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03 Apr 2013   #1271
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Ron,

Sorry, but a repair install would not work at boot or in Safe Mode. It can only be done from within Windows since it's basically just an in-place upgrade to the same edition.
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04 Apr 2013   #1272
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Ron,

Sorry, but a repair install would not work at boot or in Safe Mode. It can only be done from within Windows since it's basically just an in-place upgrade to the same edition.
I have a friend and tried startup repair (all tests status 0x0 so success). It concludes it can't boot, but No root cause found. system restore doesn't work... no restore points at all. sfc/scannow /offbootdir (with logging) many errors.

On normal boot it enters recovery environment startup repair.

Only thing that works is booting in safe mode. Booting to safe mode is as far as I know, just a minimal normal mode. It uses the standard VGA-driver and only a few services are started.

What extra services do I need to start to be able to do a repair install? I did already try a Clean Startup by disabling all startup items and NON microsoft services by using msconfig.
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04 Apr 2013   #1273
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ron,

If it was able to boot when you did a clean startup, then it should be a matter of enabling each startup item one at a time to find the culprit causing it to not startup properly.

You may be able to do a repair install from within a clean startup since it's still technically in Windows and not Safe Mode.
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04 Apr 2013   #1274
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ron,

If it was able to boot when you did a clean startup, then it should be a matter of enabling each startup item one at a time to find the culprit causing it to not startup properly.

You may be able to do a repair install from within a clean startup since it's still technically in Windows and not Safe Mode.
clean startup does enter startup repair immediately. So not working.

How can I simulate safe mode in normal mode? I mean what do I have to disable so it's actually the same? Afterwards i can try a repair install (in place upgrade). Or can I simply boot to safe mode and then start the services needed to do the repair install? I'm not at his house (50miles away) otherwise I just tried it myself
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04 Apr 2013   #1275
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Could be video drivers then. While in Safe Mode, uninstall the video drivers, then install a version that was know to work to see if that may help.
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09 Apr 2013   #1276
1Engineer

Windows
 
 

This procedure is great if the user can actually login to Windows; however, often times the repair is required because Windows will not load and the login screen is not available.
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09 Apr 2013   #1277
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Could be video drivers then. While in Safe Mode, uninstall the video drivers, then install a version that was know to work to see if that may help.
Indeed it was a video driver problem!! Thanx
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09 Apr 2013   #1278
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news Ron. I'm glad that got it.
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09 Apr 2013   #1279
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Engineer View Post
This procedure is great if the user can actually login to Windows; however, often times the repair is required because Windows will not load and the login screen is not available.
Unfortunately, that's when reinstalling may be required.
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