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Windows 7: Repair Install

07 Feb 2015   #1770
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Abyrne,

I think it may be time to consider doing a clean install instead.

Clean Install Windows 7


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07 Feb 2015   #1771
maxseven

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Abyrne,

I think it may be time to consider doing a clean install instead.

Clean Install Windows 7
Yeah I must say that having done a Repair Install for the very first time in my life this week, I was surprised to learn that it requires a working Windows system to implement!

Abyrne yours seems too badly hosed for this repair method.

In the future you should make image backups of your hard drive to avoid disasters like this.
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07 Feb 2015   #1772
abyrne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How can I do a clean install if my laptop won't read DVDs and USBs properly?
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07 Feb 2015   #1773
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey Abyrne,

Got a fee questions for you.

Did you already check your BIOS settings to make sure it's set to allow USB at boot?

When you created the USB, did you use the method in the tutorial I posted above?

Are you able to user your motherboard's boot menu to select to boot from a USB or DVD?
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08 Feb 2015   #1774
abyrne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, thanks for the help so far guys...looks like I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and do a clean install...

Before I do, what is the best way for me to 'transfer' or save my settings, files, programs etc. so I can use them again on the new install? Don't fancy completely starting from scratch, I'm already transferring my music to my cloud! I know you can use Windows Easy Transfer if you're moving to a new computer, anything I can use in this case? Thanks!
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08 Feb 2015   #1775
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello mate try this for getting your data back / saved .
BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

This can also be done with a Linux Mint MATE set up but try this first it works in much the same manner. You just have to copy / paste the data to an external but make sure you use TRY


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09 Feb 2015   #1776
adj

7 ultimate
 
 
Query re Ubuntu data recovery posted by ICIT2LOL 9feb15

Hi ICIT2LOL, this is superbly clear, much better description than I have seen before.
Just to clarify:

a) Once Ubuntu running, you can remove the Ubuntu disk and replace with an empty disk to download your data, right ?

b) you say "copy and paste": but would that not mean having to open every file and copy each individually ? Is there not a way to just send the whole of e.g. My Documents to the empty disk ?

Sorry if these are daft questions, and thanks again for the explanation, adj
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09 Feb 2015   #1777
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adj View Post
Hi ICIT2LOL, this is superbly clear, much better description than I have seen before.
Just to clarify:

a) Once Ubuntu running, you can remove the Ubuntu disk and replace with an empty disk to download your data, right ?

b) you say "copy and paste": but would that not mean having to open every file and copy each individually ? Is there not a way to just send the whole of e.g. My Documents to the empty disk ?

Sorry if these are daft questions, and thanks again for the explanation, adj
Hiyya mate glad you found it helpful and no - no such thing as daft question if you don't ask you will never find out and as a general rule most of us "oldies" will never criticize your questions - if they are rude or plain idiotic or begging for an argument the you will find they get short shrift but if you think you have been unfairly treated then just hit the report button - but to answer your queries

a) no I have never had to do that but I guess you can try
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b) no I just copy / paste whole libraries etc because most important data is usually in pictures or documents - if you did say pictures one by one it would drive you nuts

AS for programs I am not sure because I have only ever needed to retrieve data.
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10 Feb 2015   #1778
maxseven

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

It appears that the Page 1 links to the various W7 iso files no longer work. Although I've not tried it yet, it seems that this page

Microsoft Software Recovery

is only for Retail versions of the software (and not e.g. OEM)?
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10 Feb 2015   #1779
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
It appears that the Page 1 links to the various W7 iso files no longer work. Although I've not tried it yet, it seems that this page

Microsoft Software Recovery

is only for Retail versions of the software (and not e.g. OEM)?
Unfortunately, that link is found to be very unreliable. I tested it with an old retail W7 HP copy I had, and it said it wasn't available in English when that's what it was. LOL

Hopefully the site at the link in the tutorial will be back soon.
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