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Windows 7: Repair Install

05 Feb 2018   #2120
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 




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10 Feb 2018   #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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10 Feb 2018   #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

Upgrade to Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.
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05 May 2018   #2123
Efdy

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (primary partition) & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3 (on the same HDD)
 
 

Hello. Thank you for providing this tutorial. That helped me a lot, and the computer seems to be functioning normally again.

I was going to try the convenience update thing after doing a repair install, but the automatic update thing went right into action following the repair install.

Is there an installation option that will result in automatic Windows updates being switched off when the installation of Windows 7 completes? Would you just select "Ask me later" in step 17 of this tutorial, or does the installation option in step 17 pertain to more than how Windows Update will be set to function at the conclusion of the repair install?

Also, this is a suggestion. When I got to step 12, compatibility check, the only thing listed was iTunes, so I guess that's still a thing, but anyway the tutorial instructions say "12. Windows will now check for any compatibility issues. If any are found like in the example below, take care of them first then restart the repair install process over again." And the onscreen instructions the installation provides say to "Cancel the upgrade..." and uninstall the program[s] listed. I didn't know if that meant click the red X to cancel the repair install or if I should click Next because that would be telling it to do what should be done next, like cancel the installation of Windows 7. Do you know what I mean? So maybe it would help to just mention in the tutorial to click the red X to cancel the repair install.
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06 May 2018   #2124
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Efdy, :)

Step 17 would indeed be for Windows Update after the installation has finished. You can always change your Windows Update settings though.

Good point for step 12. I've updated it to help make it more clear.
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06 May 2018   #2125
Efdy

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (primary partition) & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3 (on the same HDD)
 
 

Hello. Thank you for making a reply. Thank you again for helping me. Thank you for Seven Forums. I hope you will have a good week.
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5 Days Ago   #2126
Efdy

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (primary partition) & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3 (on the same HDD)
 
 
Thank you.

It's been a few months since the repair install. That Windows>Logs>CBS folder was increasing in size by GB per day--I have no idea why, really; it kept doing that even after errors were fixed with help from Snick and others--but it doesn't do that anymore. I still don't know how to use a computer very well, but at least this one works so much better again, and the older one is better off after Snick helped me resolve a bunch of errors on that one related to using Avast, I guess. I got the Malwarebytes premium for both PCs for real-time protection and bought that Macrium license for multiple PCs and set that up as best as I could figure out how to do. Maybe I will be all right until Windows 7 is no longer supported, or whatever. I hope I didn't just jinx myself somehow.

Thank you to the administrators for SevenForums and to everyone who takes time to offer help here. Sorry if I put this in the wrong place or if it was stupid to post it.
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5 Days Ago   #2127
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm glad it was able to help @Efdy.
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