Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Repair Install

12 Apr 2016   #2030
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Unfortunately, a repair install would only work if the installation media you are using is at least the exact same version/build or newer than what you currently have installed.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
13 Apr 2016   #2031
RP McIntosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Unfortunately, a repair install would only work if the installation media you are using is at least the exact same version/build or newer than what you currently have installed.
OK. I've checked the registry, and my Windows 7 SP1 is build number 7601. So, are you saying that if I can locate a Windows 7 ISO file that is build number 7601 or later, it should work? I have no idea what the build number of the ISO file and product key I referred to earlier for $35.00 is, but I could ask them before I buy, IF the answer is that a build 7601 or later should work. I know I'm being stubborn--but there are things installed that I simply cannot replace by installing fresh and starting over. Since everything is running fine except for Windows Update, I can creep along for a while, simply running without updates. But eventually, I would either become increasingly vulnerable, or things would start to not work, or both.

Once again, thanks for your patience and help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2016   #2032
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In theory yes, but there isn't an official Windows 7 ISO with that current build released.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2016   #2033
RP McIntosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
In theory yes, but there isn't an official Windows 7 ISO with that current build released.
OK. Understand. Would like your take on the following, which I found online. This set of instructions on making a Repair Install. It contains the following statement: "Many users have faced a failure notice during compatibility check, saying, "Your current version of Windows is more recent than the version you are trying to upgrade to." Windows cannot complete the upgrade." It goes on to say, "To prevent this message from appearing, open the Windows 7 DVD n Windows Explorer, and right-click setup.exe and choose Properties. Click the Compatibility tab on top. Click to check the Run this program in compatibility mode box and select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) from the list. The original Windows Vista without any service packs, and any earlier version (XP, 2000, NT) do not support upgrading to Windows 7 (and upgrading is what we will be doing.)

It then says to double click the Setup.exe program to launch it.

If I understand what this is doing, it makes the setup program think that it is upgrading Windows Vista instead of Windows 7. Does this make sense to you?

The same article suggests as an alternative, uninstalling SP 1 from Windows 7, then running the Repair install. Do you think that this would work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 Apr 2016   #2034
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, but it wouldn't be a repair install then.

It'll just cause more issues to try and uninstall updates until the installed Windows is the same as the installation media. It would be faster to do a clean install instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #2035
RP McIntosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yep, but it wouldn't be a repair install then.

It'll just cause more issues to try and uninstall updates until the installed Windows is the same as the installation media. It would be faster to do a clean install instead.
OK. I'd certainly be willing to go through a slower and more lengthy process if I could salvage my installed data and programs. Are you saying that if I uninstalled SP1, then used an ISO file of Widows 7 SP1, that it would NOT retain my installed programs?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #2036
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would if the ISO was the same or newer build than what you currently have installed.

Sometimes it may not be so easy to uninstall SP1 since there were so many updates afterwards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2016   #2037
novelist11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 OEM repair install

I have a Toshiba Windows 7 OEM. If I do a repair install will it reinstall all the crapware that was on the computer when I bought it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2016   #2038
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello novelist11, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No. A factory recovery would restore all the bloatware instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2016   #2039
novelist11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So I guess if a repair install will install all the bloatware anyways I might as well just reformat and reinstall?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Repair Install




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 crashes on startup. Can't restore, repair or repair install
All of a sudden, my computer crashes every time when starting up the computer. When it gets to the "Windows" screen with the small moving dots that form the windows logo, it crashes just as they start their animation. I've tried using Startup Repair, as well as command line repair (possibly the...
General Discussion
Windows 7 Repair Install screen black before install finished
Hi all Half way through the Windows 7 Repair install the monitor drivers seem to have corrupted. The screen works fine up to the Windows logo on a black background, then the screen goes dead. Everything is still working underneath, key presses seem to affect the hard disk, caps lock works,...
Installation & Setup
Is 'Upgrade install even meant to function as a repair install at all?
http://i61.tinypic.com/v3zi93.png Is this what the future has come to? When I have a fatal problem with my OS I have to start all over again? XP repair install is way better than this.
Installation & Setup
Windows update fails to install IE10 after repair install
I did a repair install of W7 Ult. x64 SP1. Applied all updates, but if fails to install IE10 update : (as you see it is a dutch version). If have run sure & sfc /scannow. Both report no problems. CBS files are attached. Please help ?
Windows Updates & Activation
Startup Repair loop, how to do a repair install
My wife's PC crashed today and got into a startup repair loop. I'm hoping that I can do a repair install, but I can't figure out how to do so. Here's the details: Her system is just a few months old. Here are the specs: ASUS P8Z77-Mpro motherboard Intel i5-3570K (not overclocked) - intel...
Installation & Setup
how to do repair install with start up repair infinite loop?
hey guys i kinda screwed up my gfs toshiba laptop anyways it's in the start up repair infinite loop but i think i found the perfect fix i need where i can keep her files on the computer too i'm trying to do this https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html i tried doing this...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:58.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App