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Windows 7: Repair Install

2 Weeks Ago   #2120
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 




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2 Weeks Ago   #2121
jerm

Windows 7 Home Prem OA 64 bit
 
 

Hello, I have an ASUS laptop, model number: K53E. I have Windows Home Prem OA and it appears to be an OEM version.

The Windows update on my laptop is not updating. When I try and do it manually I end up with an error that says "Windows could not search for new updates," with an error code 800f081f. My searching eventually led me to a thread here that suggested (another user) to do a repair install, with a link to this thread.

In attempting to download an ISO file for the repair install, I have to enter my key on the Windows site and it tells me I need to go the the manufacturer of the laptop. Apparently my laptop did not come with a recovery DVD, its on a hidden recovery partition. Is there any way to make a bootable flash drive ISO out of the recovery partition or am I stuck with doing a clean install/recovery?

If I can't do a repair install, can I do the free Windows 8 or 10 upgrade if I want to keep all my files/programs or will the error preventing Windows update also prevent the upgrade? I'm not particularly hellbent on keeping 7.

Thanks so much for any help!
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2 Weeks Ago   #2122
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello jerm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to do a repair install with OEM installation media. Only with retail installation media that is the same version as what you currently have installed.

Technically, the free upgrade to Windows 10 Home from Windows 7 Home is no longer officially available. However, many have reported still being able to upgrade for free to Windows 10.

If you like, you could try it by downloading the latest Windows 10 Home ISO file, and do an upgrade install using the ISO file. If prompted for a product key, enter your Windows 7 key to see if it will be accepted.

Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.
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