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Windows 7: Repair Install

22 Nov 2015   #1940
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just to diffuse any misunderstandings, right click and "run as administrator", right? Having an admin account does not help in all cases.


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22 Nov 2015   #1941
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by laidbacktokyo View Post
Shawn, it's nice to hearing from you...

well, OF COURSE NO! The worst thing that I truly hate is to do/restore all my personal settings after z clean win7 install. So I yet stay away from clean install when I'll loose all precious settings in this case...

And what do you mean by clean install @ boot? To load win7 from install media - dvd or flash - and 1. repair the current installation OR 2. upgrade the current installation? Is there any difference when I'll loose all my settings in both options? right?

Thanx.
Yeah, boot from installation media, delete all partitions on Windows drive during Windows Setup, and start over. It will wipe everything that you don't back up to another location first.
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22 Nov 2015   #1942
laidbacktokyo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1u OEM Dell & OEM Asus
 
 

GokAy, u r correct. absolutely.
admin account plus Run as admin!

however pls be noted that for instance in case of nVidia driver install the install of control panel is just a part of the whole installation sequence... and thus is beyond of my personal control when it starts at some moment automatically.... but main setup file is surely being started as admin at the beginning...
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22 Nov 2015   #1943
laidbacktokyo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1u OEM Dell & OEM Asus
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

Yeah, boot from installation media, delete all partitions on Windows drive during Windows Setup, and start over. It will wipe everything that you don't back up to another location first.
oops. it's a pity. and what if I'll start clean install at boot and choose upgrade of the existing win7 install? w/o erasing SSD current partition structure?

well I guess you got my point stated at the beginning... I consider this my win7 issue as very much odd but not critical... when this win7 operates just nice...

and if now I have a choice to keep current install but still experience some minor inconvenience while its updating once per month OR just erase everything and get the very fresh clean install... then I prefer 1st option.

any other idea on optional remedy?

why I can't start in-place repair? damn m$!
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22 Nov 2015   #1944
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by laidbacktokyo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

Yeah, boot from installation media, delete all partitions on Windows drive during Windows Setup, and start over. It will wipe everything that you don't back up to another location first.
oops. it's a pity. and what if I'll start clean install at boot and choose upgrade of the existing win7 install? w/o erasing SSD current partition structure?
I'm afraid that it's not possible to do a repair install at boot since it's an inplace upgrade to the same edition.
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22 Nov 2015   #1945
laidbacktokyo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1u OEM Dell & OEM Asus
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by laidbacktokyo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

Yeah, boot from installation media, delete all partitions on Windows drive during Windows Setup, and start over. It will wipe everything that you don't back up to another location first.
oops. it's a pity. and what if I'll start clean install at boot and choose upgrade of the existing win7 install? w/o erasing SSD current partition structure?
I'm afraid that it's not possible to do a repair install at boot since it's an inplace upgrade to the same edition.
ok. got it. and if i'll do same with win7 sp1 enterprise dvd? is there any difference to be mentioned in-between Ultimate & Enterprise?
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22 Nov 2015   #1946
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you mean to do a repair install with Enterprise edition installation media, then it won't work on an Ultimate edition installation. The installation media must be the exact same as the current installation for a repair install.
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22 Nov 2015   #1947
laidbacktokyo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1u OEM Dell & OEM Asus
 
 

oops. confused. lost your logic:

Brink said:

1. I'm afraid that it's not possible to do a repair install at boot since it's an inplace upgrade to the same edition.

2. The installation media must be the exact same as the current installation for a repair install.

last time I was asking about repair=upgrade install at boot of installed Ultimate by use of Enterprise DVD...
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22 Nov 2015   #1948
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Let me try to help. Explain

A repair install (upgrade)
1. You must be booted into the operating system. (Windows 7/SP-1 Ultimate 64)
2. You must use the same exact same DVD for the repair install as the operating system you are booted into. (Windows 7/SP-1 Ultimate 64)

Be assured that Brink will correct me if I'm wrong.
I have use Brinks Repair Install (upgrade) several times, it does work.

The use of the word (upgrade) makes things sound a little confusing.
My understanding is you are not really (upgrading) from one operating system to another operating system. You are (repairing) the system you are booted into already.

A Clean Install is the other option but unlike a Repair Install you will loose everything that has not be saved to another drive as a example.

You start a Clean Install by booting from the desired Microsoft DVD with the desired Windows 7 operating system. Example, Windows 7/64 SP-1 Ultimate .
It will format your drive and if the instructions are follower you will end up with a clean install of Windows 7/64 SP-1 Ultimate. Then you get all the needed updates and install your desired programs.

With a Repair Install or a Clean Install you will have to enter your proper COA key to complete the activation.
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22 Nov 2015   #1949
laidbacktokyo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1u OEM Dell & OEM Asus
 
 

ok. no problem. it's all clear. so:

1. I don't need any option of clean install, either at boot or any other, accompanied with all previous win7 settings lost

2. what I need is any possible way of repair/in-place upgrade of my current Win7sp1x64u Ultimate installation, either online or at boot, to any edition of Win7sp1x64... because if 'at boot' procedure requires edition different than installed.... there is no problem for me to downgrade edition with my Ultimate OEM key & certificate... and after repair I can perform same procedure again to upgrade back to Ultimate...

any ideas why my online in-place upgrade failed as described above?
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