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Windows 7: Repair Install

17 Sep 2010   #330

Windows 7 Home Premium

If I disconnect my 1TB HDD to make the repair install go faster, will everything work as before if I just connect it afterwards?
Like, all the installed files and such will still be directed to the correct HDD - or would I have to install everything again?

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17 Sep 2010   #331

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
With that many issues, you might use the free program MalwareBytes to check to see if you have a virus or some other form of malware.

Otherwise, you may be better off doing a custom install to start fresh, copy over any files you wanted from the Windows.old folder, then delete the Windows.old folder when ready to regain that space.
Yeah, MalwareBytes would be great, but i'm 99% sure it would lock up like everything else I tried - even safe mode is slow. I was gonna go ahead with the custom install, but what If I get stuck at the same step and it hangs when trying to install the updates, what should I try after that?
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17 Sep 2010   #332

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Since a custom install is done at boot with your Windows 7 installation disk, you shouldn't have the same problem like you are trying to do a repair install (in-place upgrade) from within your current Windows 7 installation.
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22 Sep 2010   #333


Hi ya'll :)
Always here asking help
OK, I have a new installed Seven Ultimate 64 (new = 34 days) and in another partition my old Vista Ultimate 64: so I have a dual boot created by Seven.
All was ok until I tried to update the Lightscribe template Labeler as I wrote in a 3d here in the forum.
From that moment started my problems and now I have 3 different problem and all are related to "Services". I don't know what is the problem, but they don't start (not in automatic nor in manual) and I cannot change the situation.
I tried to create a new account as administrator (with password), I tried to run the application that needs the different services as admin, or "run as different user" then
enter the new account and pass and some other way suggested by different user here in tghis forum and in other technical forum (like lightscribe forum or services forum).
No solution: i switch from Error 1053 (the service did not respond to the start in a timely fashion) or The operation could not be completed Access denied or some others.
This morning a new one: I cannot reinstall one of my plugin because when I need to use the Licence manager to enter the manually moved license (from the Vista partition to the Seven partition) I only have this reply :" Unable to install Windows Service". The plugin's technician told that I need to have the AST service running, but mine is stopped (I don't know why) and I cannot start it
So Because also this it's a services problem like the previous two, I decided to try a repair of my Seven installation, that - apart this problem, it's perfectly running, without any problem - to try to repair all the services.
So I have read all this tut, but I'm some question.......
First of all, I don't want to lose my installed programs or all my works, the only think I need is to repair the services.
Is this possible? Is there risk to have to reinstall all from zero?
I have finally accomplished my perfect installation of all my programs, plugins, utility and so on.... so I really don't want to format and reinstall newly Seven and all my stuff.
But it seems to me that with this procedure, I reinstall a new Seven (on a Beta version for example) and not repair something going bad.
Have I misunderstood all? Can I try to run my Seven dvd and try to repair my installation?
I have not tried before to repair an OS, normally my installation don't need anything until the time to reinstall the OS newly, so in the repair situation I'm really newbie.
Can someone of you "guru" help me?
And, as always be patient with my bad english
Thanks in advance, I'll be here waiting for you all.
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22 Sep 2010   #334

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Lio,

If Vista was installed first, then Windows 7 later, you will be able to do a repair install of Windows 7 with a retail Windows 7 installation DVD as long as the DVD is for the exact same edition (ex: Ultimate) and type (ex: 64-bit) that you currently have installed.

While you should not lose anything at all, it is highly advisable to backup anything that you do not want to lose just to be extra safe.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2010   #335


hi Shawn,
thanks for the quick reply :)
So I can run my DVD and then boot from it, leave the setup process loading files, then select " Repair your computer" , select the Seven drive, and " Startup Repair ".
If I'll follow this procedure, do you think that my service permission and so on, will be reinstalled?
And the best choice is to boot from DVD?
But after doing all this, have I to erase all the installation files copied by Seven setup?
Thanks again for your patience :)

PS BTW, yes, Vista was installed 3 years ago
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22 Sep 2010   #336


Hello, it's me again!
Just a few things ...

I'm setting up a system backup and so I did a search.
Using Windows 7 Manager I've discovered this:

Maybe all my problems are here, but I cannot understand what's the meaning of this:
I have to delete that 2 exe (they are the same service that I cannot run) ?
And then, what I have to do?

Thanks for any help
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22 Sep 2010   #337

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm not sure what that is suppose to be in Windows 7 Manager. I suppose that you could let them be delete to see if it may help.

If not then, see if you might get lucky by doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you had these issues to see if it may be able to undo and fix it.

If still not, then......
A repair install (inplace-upgrade) has to be ran from within your current Windows 7 installation instead of at boot. You can look at a list of items that will be affected in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial. Services will be one of them, so all of them will be reinstalled and reset to default settings.

You would just need to follow the steps step by step while doing this, and you should be fine. You might print the tutorial if needed to make it easier while doing them.
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27 Sep 2010   #338


Hi Shawn,
finally I solved all my problems ....and without any repair!!
It's absolutely ridiculous :)
As I've written some days ago, I've found that "strange "Hijacked" (for Windows manager) files that was the same files that prevent me to install LSS Lightscribe program and the License manager for OnOne plugins.
All I did is to create a full image backup of my system with Acronis, then I deleted that 2 services through Seven Manager.
After that I rebooted my system and tried newly to install lightscribe and OnOne and all went well
As always, computer made me crazy, but I love them so much
Thanks again for your usual kindness and patience
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2010   #339

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Lio. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Thank you for posting back with your results and solution. :)
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