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Windows 7: Repair Install

16 Jan 2014   #1460
fredde1985

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Repair worked like magic but now my windows key does not work

Hi,

Downloaded the Windows 7 Professional (swedish) SP1 iso as my disc said my system was newer than disc. Repair solved my issues in windows like a charm (windows installer crashing on both install and uinstall).

Afterwards however my Windows is unactivated. Since I only have a disc from Dell with Windows 7 x64 professional I don't (as I am aware of) have a product key printed. I used a key recovery software to find the key but the activation says its for the standard version.

I can not confirm if this key that is found is the one I was previously using or not.

I did make a Windows recovery point to my external hard drive before runing the repair install. Is there a way I could use that to find out what key I was using before?

Thank you in advance.

Fredrik


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16 Jan 2014   #1461
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fredde1985 View Post
Hi,

Downloaded the Windows 7 Professional (swedish) SP1 iso as my disc said my system was newer than disc. Repair solved my issues in windows like a charm (windows installer crashing on both install and uinstall).

Afterwards however my Windows is unactivated. Since I only have a disc from Dell with Windows 7 x64 professional I don't (as I am aware of) have a product key printed. I used a key recovery software to find the key but the activation says its for the standard version.

I can not confirm if this key that is found is the one I was previously using or not.

I did make a Windows recovery point to my external hard drive before runing the repair install. Is there a way I could use that to find out what key I was using before?

Thank you in advance.

Fredrik
Sure no COA sticker is on computer? Check the back of laptop, check under battery, check battery compartment.

"I did make a Windows recovery point to my external hard drive " how did you make that?
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16 Jan 2014   #1462
fredde1985

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fredde1985 View Post
Hi,

Downloaded the Windows 7 Professional (swedish) SP1 iso as my disc said my system was newer than disc. Repair solved my issues in windows like a charm (windows installer crashing on both install and uinstall).

Afterwards however my Windows is unactivated. Since I only have a disc from Dell with Windows 7 x64 professional I don't (as I am aware of) have a product key printed. I used a key recovery software to find the key but the activation says its for the standard version.

I can not confirm if this key that is found is the one I was previously using or not.

I did make a Windows recovery point to my external hard drive before runing the repair install. Is there a way I could use that to find out what key I was using before?

Thank you in advance.

Fredrik
sure no COA sticker is on computer? check the back of laptop, check under battery, check battery compartment.

"I did make a Windows recovery point to my external hard drive " how did you make that?
Nice! Now I feel stupid, didn't think to check underneath battery. There was a key different to what I found before and it worked! Thank you!

Not sure if I translated properly from Swedish. From control panel -> back up -> "create a system image" (translated)

Fredrik
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16 Jan 2014   #1463
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

@Fredrik.... no need to feel stupid. Underneath battery is not a place you think of. The key you found before was the OEM-registration key. A general licence key
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19 Jan 2014   #1464
OldYogi

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Notes on Successful Repair

Worked like a charm, thank you. The greatest difficulty, and the most time, was in freeing up the needed 26+Gb of free space in the 65Gb Win7 partition on my 128 Gb SSD. This is a dual boot machine, and the rest of the SSD is MintLinux, swap, and shared data. i had to move or delete over 12 Gb of files and programs. Adobe is the worst offender, in saving huge caches, and EULA notices in 26 languages, for each of 12 Abobe Suite programs.

the actual install is slow, and rebooted about 4 times .

What needed repair afterwards?
  • Most importantly, boot defaulted to a windows MBR, rather than the Linux Grub, so i had to change the boot drive to restore the dual boot.
  • Trying to preserve SSD space I turn off hiberfil, and have a minimal pagefile on the SSD. The install replaced the 1Gb pagefile with 16Gb (equal to my RAM). Easy to fix
  • Two utilities, related to a) the motherboard, and b) the soundcard, needed to be reinstalled.

No other problems so far.

thanks much.
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22 Jan 2014   #1465
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Can you boot into Safe Mode and while there, initiate System Restore?

Lesson #1: Never interrupt Windows Updates, or any update for that matter.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Do a "system restore" ... eventually from "win7 recovery environment"

System Restore
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubose View Post
Try booting up in safe mode and restoring to a previous restore point.
Unfortunately there is no system restore points.

Also I'm aware about never interrupting window updates but it appears someone has

Further symptoms:

Every time it boots it says "do not turn off, configuring updates, 35%, welcome, it then says windows explorer crashed" I then can't open any programs and the taskbar doesn't show. However in safe mode the taskbar shows but it still doesn't allow me to open a program/file.

It's running Windows 7 SP1, can I reverse the update?

How can I run an elevated CMD when my taskbar doesn't work?

How can I enable VSS Copy in Service using CMD?
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22 Jan 2014   #1466
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

...I've experienced it getting stuck (seemingly) at 35%, but if I wait long enough it finally completes. Maybe wait longer?
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22 Jan 2014   #1467
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
...I've experienced it getting stuck (seemingly) at 35%, but if I wait long enough it finally completes. Maybe wait longer?
I wait longer but when it loads it says explorer.exe crashed.

File New Task - Type explorer.exe before it lets me finish typing it crashes again.
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22 Jan 2014   #1468
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

That's too bad. A complete format and reinstall is about all that can be done. But hopefully someone else will have an idea.
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22 Jan 2014   #1469
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
That's too bad. A complete format and reinstall is about all that can be done. But hopefully someone else will have an idea.
Hopefully because that is the last thing I would want to do
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