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Windows 7: Repair Install

22 Jun 2012   #950
quantumer

Window 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

i have a Window 7 Ultimate 32 bit and 64 bit in a single DVD. As window update stealthy updated window, i'm now using W 7 U SP1 x64. I could not repair install cause it say this
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	 The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.

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


You can’t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.


32-bit Windows cannot be upgraded to a 64-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 32-bit version of the Windows installation disc.
Any helps please.


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22 Jun 2012   #951
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

There should be 2 DVD's, one 32-bit and one 64-bit. They are never combined on one DVD, unless you obtained it from some unknown source.

Also to repair an OS the media would have to at least include the same service pack as the installed OS, i.e. SP1.
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26 Jun 2012   #952
web2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Stuck in Step 9

At step 9 I was greeted with a message to the effect, "Cannot upgrade Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Professional." The only alternative offered was a clean installation -- exactly what I'd prefer NOT to do.

I have a system configuration fault, and I'd rather try to fix it with a repair installation than having to reload the computer from scratch. The fault is obscure and doesn't seem to be a problem in general -- except there is a printer whose driver cannot work in its presence.

Has the repair installation process changed since this tutorial was posted back in 2009? If so, how may I find the latest version which WILL allow a repair installation from the Windows 7 Professional DVD?

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.
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26 Jun 2012   #953
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Web, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have SP1 installed, and does your Windows 7 installation disc have SP1 included?

Did you use step 4, 5, or 6?
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27 Jun 2012   #954
web2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for your quick response!! I was busy reading all the previous posts to see if my question had already been addressed. I was on page 20 when I decided to check in here again. Nice surprise!!

Yes, I have SP1 installed, but my DVD was made well before SP1 came out. So I used Step 6. The SP1 installation files don't appear in the Disk Cleanup dialog box, so I'm confident I removed them long (years) ago -- disallowing option 2. I figured option 1 wasn't any more efficient than simply proceeding with Step 6 as written.

If my question has already been addressed, just point me to the answer and I'll take it from there.

Thanks!!
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27 Jun 2012   #955
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Web,

In that case, you might give step 5 a try using a downloaded ISO file from the note box under step 5 to create a bootable installation disc w/SP1 to use.
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27 Jun 2012   #956
web2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hhmmm. Will my current license key work with the new bootable DVD? Or will I have to purchase a new license?

Digital River says that Windows will work for 30 days before the license is required. Are you saying that my installation will be working well before the 30 days is up, so I won't need to worry about re-licensing (for big bucks)?

Should I stop reading the earlier posts, searching for my question as posed by others?
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27 Jun 2012   #957
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Your current product key number on the COA sticker will work to activate it. You will not need to purchase anything else.

When you buy Windows 7, you are actually buying the key number for that edition. You can use any installation media for the same edition to activate with that key. It doesn't have to be the same installation disc that came in the retail package. This way if you should happen to lose your installation disc, you will still be able to install Windows 7 with your key number.
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27 Jun 2012   #958
web2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay. Thanks for the insight into licensing.

Like you, I'm in Texas and it's late. I'll get some shut-eye and tackle this again in the morning. G'night.
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27 Jun 2012   #959
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't blame you. I'm fixing to head off myself for some shut-eye. Goodnight.
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