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Windows 7: Repair Install

28 Nov 2011   #720
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Larry. I'm happy to hear that you are back up and running fine again.


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30 Nov 2011   #721
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I'm curious... what does a repair install do with the old files it replaces? Does it delete them, move them to somewhere else, or just rename them (.old) and leave them where it found them?
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30 Nov 2011   #722
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Stevie,

A repair install is basically just an inplace upgrade install using the same edition of Windows 7 that's currently installed instead of the usual higher edition. Since this is technically an upgrade, it replaces all system files with default copies, leaves your user accounts and installed programs intact, and dumps a copy of your current installation in the C:\Windows.old folder as a backup in the new installation. Any discarded files that cannot be used in the new installation may also be dumped into a C:\$INPLACE.~TR and/or C:\WINDOWS.~Q folder in the new installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Dec 2011   #723
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
... it replaces all system files with default copies
I'm about to perform a repair install on an XP SP3 computer, back to SP2 (actually probably pre-SP2 then I'll apply the SP2 patch). Do you think this should work ok? I know to un-install IE8 first.

Sorry if this is (way) OT for this board...
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01 Dec 2011   #724
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Max,

I'm not sure how it will work with XP. I would recommend to backup anything that you do not want to lose in case it all goes south though.
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01 Dec 2011   #725
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm not sure how it will work with XP.
I figured you'd know this in your sleep!

Thanks, I'll backup and try it anyway...
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03 Dec 2011   #726
AlexGP

Windows 7 build 7600
 
 

Thanks for this great tutorial. My PC is a little sluggish and I was thinking if reinstalling W7 over an existing installation is possible (i remember doing it for XP a couple of times) and this tut answered my questions and then some.

Now, just need to find some time to do it (I still have some mid-term exams to go through).

Again, thanks!
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03 Dec 2011   #727
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Alex. To be extra safe though, backup anything that you do not want to lose before doing it.
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03 Dec 2011   #728
AlexGP

Windows 7 build 7600
 
 

Of course, After some unfortunate dealings with an old HDD, I`m always backing up my important stuff.
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05 Dec 2011   #729
dmxdex2020

windows 7
 
 

Upgrading throws up an error.

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

I look online for the fix and it said i needed to slipstream it or something which i just did and still the same error.
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