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Windows 7: Repair Install

28 May 2011   #550
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Daler,

It sounds like it may be a retail "OEM" copy then. If the OEM installation disc doesn't have SP1 included with it, then you would need to uninstall SP1 from your current installation before you will be able to use it to do a repair install with if that was the same disc you used to install your current installation with. If you are not able to boot into Windows 7, you will still not be able to do a repair install though.

However, with that much trouble and risk, you might consider just biting the bullet and backing up anything that you do not want to lose, then do a clean install instead.


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29 May 2011   #551
emptysorrows

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Unfortunately, my DVD drive is not working. Will this work via virtual disk?
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29 May 2011   #552
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Emptysorrows,

Yes, but I would recommend having the attached VHD file be on a different partition or drive than the Windows 7 partition.

You could also do so from a USB flash drive.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 May 2011   #553
emptysorrows

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you Brink. But just to be sure, I should create a second partition (on the same drive) and place the VHD on the second partition. Then upgrade from that. Then extend the first partition into the second later. Is that what you mean?

Sorry. I meant to say: Can I mount the Windows 7 ISO I made from my installation DVD using DaemonTools and upgrade from the virtual DVD.
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29 May 2011   #554
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since you have a ISO, it would be much easier to just burn the ISO to a USB flash drive at least 4GB in size, then run the repair installation from the USB drive.

For how, see the Part 2 section here: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
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29 May 2011   #555
daler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the info, Brink.

To clarify, will I also be able to use the Slipstream+SP1 installation disk (I made up from the original retail OEM install disk) for the Update once SP1 has been uninstalled and, failing that, can the Slipstream+SP1 install disk be used for my fresh new install?
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29 May 2011   #556
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Daler,

Sorry, but a slipstreamed installation disc can only be used to do a clean install with. It will not work to do a repair install with.
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15 Jun 2011   #557
pharish10

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

I have a small doubt..I have only 1 partition as "C" which is about 280GB.. and all my data, documents and other stuff are located in drive "C". Now my doubt is that, when I perform a repair Install , does the data in the "C" drive get erased.. does it format or delete all the data in the drive C or deletes only the data which is related to Windows... Can you please explain my doubt so that I can perform a repair install.. Thanks in advance for the help....
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15 Jun 2011   #558
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello pharish10,

I would always recommend to backup anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.

The yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial will give you more details on what will be affected, but basically a repair install affects Windows 7 system files and sometimes drivers. Anything in the User folders will not be affected.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Jun 2011   #559
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

This worked very well for me. Well written amd simple, or should that be simply well written?
Thank you Brink
Odin
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