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Windows 7: Repair Install

17 Feb 2011   #430
NTAuthority

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

dang. my windows 7 is extremely messed up, so right now i'm copying all my programs to a different partition in linux, then using a repair function which apparently fixes up windows, but only preserves files under my user folders.


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21 Feb 2011   #431
lafargeotte

Win7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Enterprise x64
 
 

Can anyone help.

Windows 7 Ultimate, tried to install SP1, but keep getting errors.
So decided to try a repair install with a slipstreamed SP1 Disk.

Unfortunately keep getting this message 'To upgrade you need to be running Windows 7 with SP1 installed. Close the installation and install SP1'.

So my question is, will a slipstreamed SP1 disk not do a repair 'upgrade' install. If it can be done, can you please tell me how?

TIA,
Paul
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21 Feb 2011   #432
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Paul,

To be able to do a repair install, you must use a installation DVD that is exactly the same as what you have installed. In your case, you will have to use a installation DVD without SP1 since your installation does not have it.
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21 Feb 2011   #433
lafargeotte

Win7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Enterprise x64
 
 

Hi Brink,

Thank you.

Paul.
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21 Feb 2011   #434
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Paul.
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26 Feb 2011   #435
BlueScorpion33

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi, I am need to do a repair instal of Windows 7 64 bit to fix the registry and I was just wondering if I need to uninstall all the Windows Updates that are currently installed on my PC as one of the points in the warning box in the first post states that "The Windows 7 installation DVD that you use to do the repair install with must be the same or newer updated version of Windows 7 (ex: Windows Updates or SP level) than the currently installed Windows 7. If the DVD is a older version, then you cannot do a repair install with it.".

The Windows 7 installation DVD that I have is the first retail Windows 7 Home Premium DVD with both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions (I had preorderd Windows 7), so the install disc won't have any of the updates that are currently installed.

I did uninstall Windows 7 SP1 from my PC but is that enough for a repair install using my install DVD or do I need to uninstall all the Windows Update that are listed in Installed Updates section of Programs and Features in the Control Panel?
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26 Feb 2011   #436
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello BlueScorpion, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have any restore points available, then you could do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you had this registry issue to fix it instead with your current Windows 7 installation DVD.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Feb 2011   #437
BlueScorpion33

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello BlueScorpion, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have any restore points available, then you could do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you had this registry issue to fix it instead with your current Windows 7 installation DVD.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Yes, I thought of doing a system restore when I first realised (back in September 2010) that there something wrong with the registry but the problem wasn't a big one. Basically Windows Media Player wouldn't open (server execution failed) and some programs like iTunes wouldn't update. So I couldn't be bothered to do a system restore as I was planning to to a clean install of Windows 7 soon anyway.

However I now need to fix this problem as I am trying install Intel SSD Toolbox v2.0.1 to erase/reset a slightly used Intel X25-M 80GB SSD I bought recently on which I plan to do a clean install of Windows 7 64bit and have the SSD as my system and app hard drive.

The problem is that I can't install Intel SSD Toolbox because of the 2738 error (could not access VBScript run time for custom action) and I tried all the solutions I could find to fix the 2738 error (like regsvr32 vbscript.dll on cmd, etc...) but it looks like I willl have to reinstall windows or repair install windows to fix this problem. Doing a system restore to a restore point several months ago doesn't seem ideal to me right now.

So I just want to know if I need to uninstall all/most the Windows Updates that are currently installed (SP1 is already uninstalled) to do a repair install using my retail October 2009 Windows 7 installation disc or can I just leave the windows updates installed and do a repair install anyway to fix my problem?
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26 Feb 2011   #438
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

BlueScorpion,

The only problem would be that there is no exact way to know for sure which Windows Updates would have to be uninstalled to be able to allow you to do a repair install with your retail Windows 7 installation DVD. Plus, if you did manage to get it to work, you would have to reinstall all of them again afterwards.

Since you were planning on doing a clean install anyways, you could do a custom install instead. This is almost like a clean install except that you will have your current installation completely copied into a C:\Windows.old folder in the new installation after the new installation is finished. Afterwards, you could copy what you wanted from within the C:\Windows.old folder back into your new installation and delete the C:\Windows.old folder when finished. You will still have to reinstall all your drivers and programs though.
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26 Feb 2011   #439
BlueScorpion33

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Brink.
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