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Windows 7: Repair Install

20 Aug 2011   #640
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisaMii View Post
Hello, this tutorial is really helpful, but I'm stuck at one thing.
See, I checked all the warnings of the tutorial, made sure everything was as it should be, but when I get past step 9 I get a message saying something like this (I've translated it from Dutch to English, so it might not be completely accurate):

"You cannot perform an upgrade from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Professional. You can install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, but that is not an upgrade and with this all the files, settings and programs won't be kept. You must reinstall all programs with the original disks or files. Make a back-up on an external location, like a cd, dvd or external hard disk if you want to save the files before you install Windows. Click on the button Previous at the top left corner and select 'Custom installation (advanced)' if you want to install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional."

But off course, I don't want to install a new copy. I want to keep my settings and definitely my installed programs. I first had the error message saying I couldn't upgrade because I had a newer version installed already, but that was because I still had the Service Pack 1 installed (which is now uninstalled, as was required like mentioned at the beginning of your tutorial).
So here I am, asking this question, hoping you might know what to do.

I can't afford doing a clean install, really. I'm a student, soon to start my third year in bachelor IT, and I have so many programs required for classes that I just can't reinstall them all...


So please, perhaps you know what I must do in order to get rid of this error message I get? I must absolutely do an in-place upgrade, because my system has some corrupt/damaged files. I've done all the possible solutions already to fix the system, but nothing helped, so doing an in-place upgrade is my last chance of hope.


I really do hope you might be able to help, I have all my hopes on your tutorial, and I eager to finish it.
Hello MisaMii, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type (student, retail, OEM, etc...) of Windows 7 installation disc do you have?


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22 Aug 2011   #641
fibola

Win7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

hi,
nice tutorial .
i have a question regarding the sp1.
when i right click on my computer and click on properties ,
i see that my windows ultimate 64bit has service pack 1 .
i also notice in the tutorial that in order to repair installation i need to remove the sp1 for be as my installation disc.
so :
1. how to i remove the sp1 ?
2. how can i be 100% that my cd installation isnt a sp1 ?

thx
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22 Aug 2011   #642
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Fibola,

Q1) Unless you have a "retail" Windows 7 w/SP1 installation disc, you would indeed need to uninstall SP1 before being able to do a repair install.

Q2) If it's a "retail" Windows 7 w/SP1 installation disc, it would have SP1 written somewhere on the DVD itself.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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22 Aug 2011   #643
Docfxit

Win 7 Ultimate x32, x64, Win 7 Pro x32, x64 Win 7 Home x64, XP Pro sp3
 
 

This is a great tutorial. Unfortunately there is an error that comes up that is not included in this tutorial. The error is:
The following issues are preventing windows from upgrading.

Your current version of Windows is more recent than the version you are trying to upgrade to. Windows cannot complete the upgrade.

There is instructions on how to resolve this issue at:
Non-destructive reinstall of Windows 7 | help.artaro.eu

With these instructions you don't have to uninstall sp1

Thank you for the tutorial.

Docfxit
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22 Aug 2011   #644
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Docfxit,

Thank you very much for this. The repair install tutorial has been updated for how to a repair install on a Windows 7 with SP1 installation with a "retail" Windows 7 without SP1 installation disc.
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01 Sep 2011   #645
mi963605

Windows 7 Professional Sp1 32 bit
 
 
Compatibility

When I get to step 5b, there is no option to check compatobility. ! am using the original installation disc which is without SP1, however the running version is WITH SP1.
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01 Sep 2011   #646
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mike, and welcome to Seven Forums.

At step 5B, you would need to right click on the setup.exe file and click on Properties first. Afterwards, you should see a Compatibility tab in the properties page.

If you are, then please post a screenshot of what you are seeing instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Sep 2011   #647
mi963605

Windows 7 Professional Sp1 32 bit
 
 

Shawn:

Don't find a compatability tab.

Mike


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01 Sep 2011   #648
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Mike,

You missed step 5A. You will need to right click on the DVD drive listed there, click on Open, then right click on the setup.exe file in the opened DVD window and click on Properties. Afterwards, you should see a Compatibility tab in the properties page.
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01 Sep 2011   #649
mi963605

Windows 7 Professional Sp1 32 bit
 
 
Compatibility

You are right.
Now I selected "Windows Vista(Service Pack 2)"
Click OK
Run setup.exe
UAC yes
Install now
Go online to get latest updates (and it does download a small update and restarts installation.)
I accept the license terms
Click Upgrade
Then I get this screen. "Windows 7 Professional cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional etc."

Mike


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