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Windows 7: Can't install updates since April

4 Weeks Ago   #11
sykomora

w7ProSp1x32
 
 

Hello and thanks for helping

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Hi sykomora,


You could try un-installing the latest update to see if it works. It might be different to previously!
Yes but i think it's pointless - the problem appeared earlier.



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Just to clarify.
I hope this helps!
I distinguish reinstall from repair install.

I suppose a windows.old(copy of windows) is created during the repair install. Is there a switch that disables it?
I think I have not enough free space on partition and I prefer to make a copy of the whole partition instead
You say that the programs will remain intact, but will they all work the same as before (settings, etc.) for sure? This is the key question


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4 Weeks Ago   #12
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi sykomora,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sykomora View Post
Hello and thanks for helping.

I suppose a windows.old (copy of windows) is created during the repair install. Is there a switch that disables it?
Yes, a Windows.old backup folder gets created as it is part of the repair install process!

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I think I have not enough free space on partition and I prefer to make a copy of the whole partition instead.
SUGGESTION: The best thing to do in that case then is to make a system image to an external USB or HDD. This way, if things go wrong, you will be able to restore your OS back to the exact same state that it is now in a very short time. There are two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sykomora View Post
You say that the programs will remain intact, but will they all work the same as before (settings, etc.) for sure? This is the key question.
Yes, they should do. This has been done many times without people having a problem. If however, in your case they don't, then you can re-image the OS back to how it was before, using the suggestion above. Obviously this relies on the fact that you have made a system image beforehand, which I strongly recommend that you do anyway!

I hope this helps!
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4 Weeks Ago   #13
sykomora

w7ProSp1x32
 
 

Thanks. I'll write if I do it
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4 Weeks Ago   #14
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Without Reformatting by Britec

To free as much space as possible for Repair Install, run Disk Cleanup Extended with all boxes checked.
Disk Cleanup : Extended - Windows 7 Help Forums

Yes, as Paul Black indicated, you should perform a full disk image/backup beforehand.

Most on SevenForums recommend:
Macrium Reflect Free You don't have to enter your email, just click continue
AOMEI Backupper free
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3 Weeks Ago   #15
sykomora

w7ProSp1x32
 
 

I have 32bit windows installed. Can I use the 64bit version to do repair install? Will the installed programs work?
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3 Weeks Ago   #16
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Nope has to be the same.

You might want to try a Repair Install it replaces Windows7 and keeps all your installed programs, files, folder, music, pictures, etc.

Here's an excellent video by Brian at Britec Computer UK
Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 Without Reformatting by Britec

You will need your 25 character product key, you can obtain it from your computer with
KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean
You want the CD key not Product ID. I usually copy and paste it into, say, notepad and print it to avoid typos.

If you don't have a Win7 DVD you can obtain an ISO from
TechBench by WZT
The only working downloads are for Win7 Ultimate x64 and Win7 Ultimate x32
To make all version available use
eicfg_removal_utility.zip

You can't copy and paste an ISO file to DVD or USB Flash Drive, it has to be burned
To dvd Burn .ISO Image Files ImgBurn
To USB Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

To avoid days of updates, 230+ and counting, and numerous reboots, use
Website Dism++ | New Windows Utility.
Direct Download DISM++
Yes, it's from Chinese firm! When you run it, click on Updates, then Scan, Choose the updates you wish to install, and then click Install updates.

Any questions, we're here for you!
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
sykomora

w7ProSp1x32
 
 

This lovely repair install did not work for me. It's true I have not genuine windows installed (Volume_MAK channel) I'm annoying that the system informed me at the very end of the process about it - a few hours lost. I have bought a key, but I wanted to use the same version to be installed as it is installed. I left my laptop during repair for night and it greeted me with info it failed. A few hours of copying files back and forth! And nothing.
What is going on? I've used correct installation DVD. Ei.cfg:
[EditionID]Professional
[Channel]OEM
[VL]1
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3 Weeks Ago   #18
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Did you run repair install from within windows?
What what was the error message you received?
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