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Windows 7: Repair Install

01 May 2012   #870
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Karthikchopper, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately, you cannot use a Windows 7 multi-edition installation disc to do a repair install with for the reason you just discovered. You will need to use a one that is the exact same as what you currently have installed instead.


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01 May 2012   #871
karthikchopper

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Hi, thanks for replying to my query. Thing is Dell didnt give me any installation disc, but asked me to create a recovery disc instead. So I am kind of stuck on this. I got this disc from a friend of mine. I read on the net that you can make a particular installation disc a universal disc by removing some configuration file (forgot which one). So can the reverse process be made? that is make this multiversion a single version.

Moreover one small clarification. Is a disc with Win 7 professional with both x86 and x64 considered a multiversion??

Can you kindly clarify this problem?? Or link me to a solution??
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01 May 2012   #872
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, anything that is not for a single installation version/edition will not work.

Since you have a factory OEM installation, you may not be able to do a repair install.
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01 May 2012   #873
karthikchopper

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Oh great... that sucks big time. My problem started after I got a BSOD with error code c000021a after which my multitasking has got affected a lot. Don know if it is a hardware or software issue.

Thanks for the help. If you can point out some posts/threads on the above issue it will be nice. Thanks once again

Ps. If this post doesnt need to be here in this thread you can edit it and remove it..
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01 May 2012   #874
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might also consider posting about your BSOD issue in the Crashes and Debugging forum area to see if we may be able to help with it there.
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11 May 2012   #875
santelm

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for this Sean even I can follow that I think.. A few questions though if you would'nt mind having a look at please. Is this method still relevant today (11th May 2012)?.. I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Sp1.I have the original Microsoft W7 64bit installation disk (pre SP1 that is)..SP1 was installed by Windows Update when it became generally available.. I understand that I will have to uninstall SP1 using the elevated command prompt which will then allow me to use my W7 disk to do a clean repair (upgrade) by following your method.. Assuming all goes to plan,and any hints or updates would be much appreciated,How do I reinstall SP1 and all of the subsequent Windows Upgrades that presumably I have just wiped out when I did the clean repair?..
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11 May 2012   #876
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Santelm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yep, the tutorial is fully up to date and still applies.

You could use the Windows 7 x64 SP1 ISO from Digital River to do a repair install using step 4 if you like.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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12 May 2012   #877
DocM

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Repair Install for Windows 7 Professional x64 fails

Following your instructions my Repair install fails with this message, after your instructions 5.8 - Upgrade:
Windows 7 Professional cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.
I used the Digital River ISO X17-59186.iso.
I have an OEM version installed but I don't want to lose all my programmes and settings in fixing the parts of Windows 7 which are broken (Restore Points, Media Centre).

What should I /can I do next please?
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12 May 2012   #878
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello DocM, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you use step 4 since you have SP1 for both?
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13 May 2012   #879
DocM

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your response Brink.
No - definitely not because I didn't have a Retail Windows 7 with SP 1 version.

I followed these instructions from your Warning section:
You can do a repair install on a factory OEM installation with the latest official Windows 7 with SP1 ISO file here: Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River « My Digital Life, and use Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO to do the repair install with.
From this I created a bootable DVD and followed through to Step 5.
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