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Windows 7: Startup Repair

22 Jun 2009   #20
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Couldn't TheRepearWaits simply select the upgrade option while booted from the 7 dvd rather then waiting until booted in Windows first?

Instead of clicking on the custom install option the upgrade option would start up while booting from the dvd without Windows loaded to accomplished the same results of preserving all programs already installed as well as the files and folders.

When simply choosing the custom option to proceed from there the Windows, Program Files, and users directories will automatically be rolled up into the Windows.old folder so the only way you would actually worry about files being lost would be if the primary 7 was going onto was reformatted or needed to be for some reason.

It does sound like you saw a bad install to begin with. You can try the upgrade option for a repair install to see how that goes first. If that runs into further problems a partition wipe in order to see a new clean install would be the last option once your files are first backed up.

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22 Jun 2009   #21

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Night Hawk,

If he had a older OS or older version of Windows 7 install, he may be able to do that option. However, since it is the same version as the one installed, he can only do a upgrade from within the running Windows 7 instead to save his current files.
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22 Jun 2009   #22
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I'll have to try that here with the 32bit RC since you know I already saw some excellent results trying the repair install on a couple of occasions while booted in the RCs.

If TheReaperWaits is able to get up in Windows and start up the installer to see this done it will take about 50 minutes or so depending on how many programs and how large those are to complete. But that can save on the hours of starting off all over with the possible loss of various files! That certainly would stink!

The best thing now will be backing things up to be on the safe side if things don't work out and a fresh install is necessary.
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23 Jun 2009   #23

Windows 7 64 bit

Hi dudes I have wiped off windows seven and have done a fresh install. It would not boot into windows at all. All seams to be running well again, I do back up my data every week and I should of done before I moved the computer.

The system would'nt boot at all as some of the boot files where corrupt which is why I was trying to repair the install.
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23 Jun 2009   #24
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Sorry about the typo earlier! and the need to see 7 installed all over again. The repair install does generally work out however and can save quite a bit of time installing everything else fresh along with Windows.
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26 Sep 2009   #25

cannot detect windows 7 installation

I accidentally overwrote the boot sector on my Windows 7 install, and when i try to use the startup repair, it cannot detect any previous installations to repair.
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27 Sep 2009   #26

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Welcome to Seven Forums Peaches941 ..

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11 Dec 2009   #27

Windows 7 Professional x64

Shawn, can you include that it might take 3 runs for it to work?
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11 Dec 2009   #28

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Done. :)
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26 Dec 2009   #29

windows 7
Turning off External Hard Drive during reboot helped

I had the same issue after upgrading to Windows 7. When I finally turned off the external hard drive, it seemed to do the trick and the system was able to boot properly.
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