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Windows 7: Repair Install

14 Oct 2013   #1390
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Don,

Is it giving you any installation has failed error messages before returning to the screen under step 8?

Windows Setup Log Files


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14 Oct 2013   #1391
DonGateley

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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

Is it giving you any installation has failed error messages before returning to the screen under step 8?

Windows Setup Log Files
Nothing that hangs around long enough to catch a glimpse of. I get "Setup is copying temporary files..." followed by "Setup is starting" and then right back to the "Install now" screen.
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14 Oct 2013   #1392
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might check your logs to see if anything may stand out in them, but I'm guessing something caused it to fail. If so, then you may need to do a clean install instead.
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14 Oct 2013   #1393
DonGateley

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might check your logs to see if anything may stand out in them, but I'm guessing something caused it to fail. If so, then you may need to do a clean install instead.
Thanks, Brink. Where might those logs be?
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14 Oct 2013   #1394
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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14 Oct 2013   #1395
DonGateley

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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OMG! Thanks anyway but I'm not able to make heads or tails of that mess.

The depth of my hatred for Microsoft is admittedly pathological and getting deeper. 1) They shouldn't allow their .net to screw itself up to where you need to reinstall it. 2) It's reinstall should not fail or else they should know how to fix the problems that prevent it. 3) OS reinstall shouldn't fail and leave one that doesn't have a certification with a blank stare. 4) A highly functional running system should not be required to overinstall one that is this screwed up. 5) A clean install leaves one with a useless and essentially throw away box when what's been cumulatively installed on it is what makes it functional.

Everything with MS is like this. I don't know how anyone with any self respect could work for them. Perhaps that's the problem.

There is software that can offload your application base and restore it to a new machine with amazing success. I've used it to migrate to a new machine and I'm willing to invest in it again to try to get this one back from a clean install to where it was. Can you point me to where a clean install from a bootable USB is described showing how to salvage the OEM license that goes with what you're got and use it on the new installation?

On a positive note, you've been attentively supporting this thread for going on 5 years now. That is above and beyond the call of duty and highly commendable.
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14 Oct 2013   #1396
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, yeah those logs can be fun to dig through.

As long as you are able to still startup into Windows, you should be able to get your product key using either option in the tutorial below. In addition, you may also have a COA sticker on the bottom or in the battery compartment of the netbook.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See
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14 Oct 2013   #1397
DonGateley

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
LOL, yeah those logs can be fun to dig through.

As long as you are able to still startup into Windows, you should be able to get your product key using either option in the tutorial below. In addition, you may also have a COA sticker on the bottom or in the battery compartment of the netbook.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See
Thanks again, Brink. I got that number via Magical Jelly Bean and of course it's different than the COA sticker. When I then boot X17-58997.iso from USB for a fresh install can I assume I'll eventually get to your Step 16 "Type your product key for activation" screen and can follow your activation instructions after that?

Which product key should I use, the one from Magical or the COA sticker? (Or will doing this from USB work at all.)
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14 Oct 2013   #1398
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would want to enter the product key on your COA sticker at step 16. The other one is a SLP key used by the OEM that will not activate for this.
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16 Oct 2013   #1399
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Sorry to see you're having trouble DonG; I have an AO721 so your post caught my eye. I have never tried a Repair Install, and have either always been fortunate to fix instead the problem-at-hand, or have a recent-enough backup to revert to that in the event of trouble. I also keep a detailed diary of program changes I make so I can recover to Today with not too much trouble.

Won't help you now, but for the future you'll want to get an imaging program e.g. Acronis True Image or Macrium or...there are many to choose from.
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