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Repair Install of Windows 7

Q: Repair Install of Windows 7

I have an Acer Apsire 5733 laptop with an OEM version of Windows 7. One of the RAM modules fails MemTest86 (errors reported) and I think this has resulted in corruption of some of the Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM) system files. When I run sfc /scannow it flags up errors but is unable to repair these errors. I want to avoid a factory reinstall - is there a way to do a repair installation of this OEM version Windows 7? I have a Windows 7 SP1 DVD (non-OEM) for another computer. Can I use that?

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Preferred Solution: Repair Install of Windows 7

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


All of a sudden, my computer crashes every time when starting up the computer. When it gets to the "Windows" screen with the small moving dots that form the windows logo, it crashes just as they start their animation.

I've tried using Startup Repair, as well as command line repair (possibly the same thing?), but they are telling me that they aren't finding anything wrong. Also reverting to a previous state results in an error and I can't do a system restore because I have no system restore points. I was able to backup all of my most important files, thanks to that excellent guide on here which tells you how to use the "load driver" window to do it. So, I'm confident that my hard-drive is still mostly functional, since searching through it went fine, with no corrupt files or anything noticed. At first I thought the problem was something other than my hard-drive/installation, so I put my hard-drive into another computer (which was working fine) and experienced the same problem.

I read about the "repair install" option and got really excited that this might fix my problem. However, I read that you can only do it while logged in (which, again, I cannot do) and this was confirmed when I tried to do it anyway. This sounds like the perfect option for me, but I can't get the computer to let me log in, whether in safe mode or not.

Does anyone have any other ideas about what I can do? I'd really like to avoid doing a fresh install of Windows 7, if at al... Read more

A:Windows 7 crashes on startup. Can't restore, repair or repair install

Have you tried running a sfc\ scannow from command prompt?

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Hi all

Half way through the Windows 7 Repair install the monitor drivers seem to have corrupted. The screen works fine up to the Windows logo on a black background, then the screen goes dead.

Everything is still working underneath, key presses seem to affect the hard disk, caps lock works, I can even hibernate with the sleep key, but I can't get Windows running so I can install the monitor drivers (or do anything else).

Repair Install did ask me to uninstall the ATI Catalyst drivers, but the screen worked fine after.

I have tried:Restarting
Typing my Win 7 license key and pressing return
Connecting to an external monitor via HDMI
Booting from a USB and DVD Win7 installer disk and trying the Startup Repair, Restore, installing drivers (I think they only go into memory), etc.
As above but using the DOS prompt, copying fresh copies of the monitor driver files inf/monitor.pnf inf/monitor.inf and sys32/drivers/monitor.sys then rebooting
Trying every option in the BIOS (although nothing was promising - was hoping to turn off PnP but there was no option)
Trying a new repair install by booting from the Win7 disk - it boots, loads fine, but at the compatibility check demands I start Windows then run the installer from within Windows
Is there any way to avoid a fresh Windows install? All I need to do, I think, is install a different video driver, and I have full access to the file system.

Huge, huge, huge thanks for any leads at all, been on this a few days now and this Win... Read more

A:Windows 7 Repair Install screen black before install finished

Sorry but a quick bump. I've edited to make it clearer - was writing the original at 5am cross-eyed after hours at the screen.

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I did a repair install of W7 Ult. x64 SP1. Applied all updates, but if fails to install IE10 update :

Attachment 286642

(as you see it is a dutch version).

If have run sure & sfc /scannow. Both report no problems.
CBS files are attached.
Please help ?

A:Windows update fails to install IE10 after repair install

Ok, it is working now. Steps I took :

1) Hide the update for IE10
2) Download and tried the installer for (my localized) IE10 : failed to install
3) Started windows update, suddenly there where 43 optional updates available including IE9
4) Installed all optional updates except IE9
5) Retried the installation of IE10 (not visible any more in updates) : succes

Hope someone else can bennefit,

Regards, Jan

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

A:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this https://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008...tory-settings/

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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So I was backing up my computer last night with SyncBackPro, and encountered a BSOD (kernel_stack_inpage_error). Restarted computer, got other BSODs. Now, I haven't formatted my computer in quite some time, but I have the vast majority of my files backed up. Next, this morning my computer would start up, but it had a different boot screen and no programs will run("gdiplus.dll was not found"). I think I should at least do a repair install of XP, but I only have a SP1 disk from Dell. I've read about slipstreaming, but I don't fully understand the idea. Ideas? The computer is old, but has been treated very well. What can I do to revive the computer?

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I have Vista Home Premium 32-bit, on Dell Inspiron 6400.

After a repair install, I now have two problems:

- Although there are 75 Windows Updates in the list, I have tried several times over the last two days to install these. So far, only a few are marked "Successful". The great majority are marked "Failed".
- There is no SP1 available in the list of updates.

Here is the history:

- My laptop was pre-loaded with Vista (no SP1). The OEM DVD was also SP0.
- I installed SP1 when it became available.
- A few days ago, I neede to do a repair install. So I uninstalled SP1, and did a repair install as specified in Brink's tutorial:
Repair Install For Vista
- As far as I know, the repair completed successfully. There were no "Files discarded by Windows Upgrade" (Maybe this is important!). I was not asked for my product key, or asked to activate Vista.
- Immediately after the repair, I launched Windows Update, and found the two problems noted above.

BTW: To the best of my knowledge, my laptop is working fine. The minor glitches that prompted the repair install have disappeared

I would be grateful for any assistance.

A:Repair install: windows updates won't install

Hello Oldgrantonian,

There is little problem. You can't repair Vista sp1 using Vista dvd without sp1. I guess you will have to clean install Vista using your dvd and next install Service Pack 1.

You can download standalone SP1 on the Microsoft site. Download details: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone (KB936330)

Hope it was helpful.


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Hi, does a Windows XP Repair Install, install the same files as a full install?

A:Windows XP Repair Install VS Full Install

Hi a repair install - repairs the Xp installation files.
Those that need repairing.
Data and programs should remain untouched.

But best to back up any valuable info that you do not want to loose.
Some info here.

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hi guys

after several attempts to repair some corrupted system files without success, i'm attempting to do a repaire-install.

i've already downloaded "windows 7 ultimate x64 sp1-u ISO" and a copy of "7ZIP" from my digitallife.

according to the tutorial here at the forum, the ISO file should be saved on a seperate partition from the drive where windows is currently installed....in my case the (c) drive.

my problem is, inside computer management, i don't see any unallocated partition to creat a new one from. what i see listed are:

1) recovery partition-no amount listed

2) system reserved (E)-68.6mb free....when i double clicked on it in windows explorer it showed up as "empty folder"

3) system (C)-153gb free

can i creat a partition from any of these? if not how do i go about creating one?

A:Need Help With Windows 7 Repair-Install


Really don't know what you are talking about with separate partition.

You can put the iso on dvd with win 7. Just click on the iso and choose BURN.

To put the iso on a usb, stick then:

Run CMD.EXE as administrator
Type following commands and hit ENTER key after each command.
? DISKPART starts the DiskPart program
? LIST DISK shows numeral assigned to disks
note the numeral assigned to your usb stick
The numeral 2 will be used in this example
? DETAIL DISK the info shown will confirm the correctness of your selection
? CLEAN ALL the entire usb stick will be overwritten with zeros
? CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY create a primary partition on the USB stick
? FORMAT FS=NTFS format the partition
? ACTIVE the partition can contain operating system startup files
? ASSIGN the next available letter is assigned to the USB stick
? EXIT exit from the DISKPART program
? EXIT exit from the command shell

Now use 7Zip , choose Extract Files and select you usb stick as the destination.

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So my windows explorer randomly stopped responding, I restarted my computer and when it turned back on windows didn't boot. After several attempts at restarting i decided to change bios to launch windows from disk. I put my disk in, still nothing.
I restarted and up popped the windows install screen.
I have attempted everything i can think off.
I have tried just repairing. My laptop doesnt allow it.
I have tried system restore but there is no where to restore from. I have tried deleting, reformating and cleaning disk and partitions both on the installer and in the admins commands.
I cant even just right up install it, as it says windows cannot be install on to the disk/partition,

Please, please, please help I'm about to go insane.
My laptop is the Acer Aspire 5733z

A:I Can't Repair or re-Install Windows 7

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I am wishing to undertake a windows repair install using a Windows XP Professional cd.

What i want to know is will it result in my files and programs being deleted?

A:Windows XP Repair Install

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I'm trying to do a repair install on my computer (gateway) that I bought less than a yr ago. Windows 7 was already loaded when I bought it and repair discs aren't working so I got a windows 7 home premium disc. I get to the part where it asks for User name and password. I put user name in and no password because I never put one on my computer, it then states "the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted", I've tried other user names I have, administrator and WORKGROUP, nothing is working and I really don't want to have to do a clean install because of pictures and personal files I have and can't get off, any ideas to help with how I can get past this is appreciated as I really need my computer as I start school Monday. Thank you
I'm also not on a domain.

A:windows 7 repair install

You can only do a Repair Install from the Desktop.
Repair Install

Can you start Windows?

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i messed my 7 while messing with the authui file . i need to reppair install it.
my comp dosn't read dvd so please can u tell me hw to install w7 without deleting the files(i can't logon)
sorry this in a hurry so spelling mistakes

A:Repair install windows through usb

Hello juman, welcome to Seven Forums!

Use this tutorial at the link below to put the Windows 7 installer on a USB stick, then boot that and the first thing to try is an sfc /scan, have a look at this second tutorial and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

You have to be booted into Windows to run a repair install.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

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This was recommended to me by John Will on another thread: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.html. I have to say that it is not for the faint of heart. It took me a week to clean out my files and folders, not a bad thing to do anyway. Today, it took me hours to wade through the procedure.

John, if you find another set of instructions that's written more clearly, I'm sure many people would appreciate it.

At one point I had to download a utility, VIA Vinyl AC'97 Codec Combo Driver 6.70b (09/18/2006), from my laptop onto a flash drive, then into the computer. Nothing in the instructions prepared me for that!

Having finally finished this project, is there anything I need to post here?

A:Windows XP Repair Install

I guess you can mark the original thread as "solved"

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Is it possible for someone to do a Repair Install from a USB instead of a DVD? I've been trying to install Microsoft Office 2010 on my Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit but it keeps on encountering an error when installing. It doesn't really specify an exact error, but after digging around through the logs it says it's an Error 1603, which is a permissions related kind of error I think? I've been taking ownerships of all sorts of folders including the Installers folder, the Temp folder etc. I still get the error. I even ran the Microsoft Fixit Office Cleaner program and uninstall any left-behind Microsoft Office registry keys, files and folders, but I still get the problem.

I've also renamed/deleted the Microsft Help folder and I still get the problem, so I thought I should just start afresh with a new Windows. But I don't want to reinstall all my programs and re-set everything so a Repair Install sounded like the best option. I just don't have the Windows 7 CD with me, but it's on my USB.

A:Repair Install Windows 7 from USB

Hello Acidboot3r, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you sure could if you like as long as you do it while logged in an administrator account in Windows 7.

Repair Install

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OK..first off, I have no idea what I am doing. My brother the computer guru was helping me, but I have become a burden to him..blah, blah.

Anyway......my laptop went off on a tangent and decided to not allow me into Windows anymore and after much trying with my brothers aid, we decided just to crash it and start over. I have gotten as far as being able to reinstall (dont know if this word is right so bear with me here) my Windows XP...................................now the problem: I get as far along as puting in my reboot (another word im not sure of) disc and it tells me "Cannot find the End Licensing User Agreement" please cancel or whatever. WTF am I supposed to do now????

As you can see, I have no idea what I am doing and god forbid asking the soon to have a laptop shoved up his nether regions brother. So, if anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it, as this is my last ditch effort to fix this problem.

Thanks in advance for any help or name calling

A:Windows XP Repair Install??

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I'm trying to do a repair install of my Windows XP installation, but I've run into a bit of a snag. Everything goes well with the repair install until I reach a certain point during the repair install where it prompts me to find the appropriate file for the computer to copy from the disk to the folder it needs to be in.

Now, I do this, but it still won't copy the files from the Windows XP disk. I can't think of any reason why my computer won't copy the files to folder, so I'm at a lost and need your guy's expert advice.

Much appreciated in advance,


A:Repair Install of Windows XP - Need Help

You may be using the wrong CD. You didn't mention with version of XP but it sounds like Media Center. It prompts for a 2nd CD at one point. Once it's done reading the files, you return to the first.

I wouldn't worry about it if it can't find the right files. I'd just click cancel and the installation should complete. Once you complete the installation and boot to the Desktop you can then start checking for anything that is missing and go from there.

-- Andy

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I have read online that you can repair your windows 7 install by booting into windows, running the setup from the windows 7 disk, selecting update and letting it update to the same edition you have.
I have a stubborn computer i cannot fix but this method seems to not work anymore. I have tried on more than one computer but the problem is that it says if i want to upgrade from one edition of windows 7 to another that i need to use the windows anytime upgrade.
Is there any way to do a non destructive install of windows 7 anymore.
The OS on the computer is Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x86 the disk i have downloaded the ISO to was an ultimate disk but i erased the ei.cfg file and i am sellecting Windows 7 Home Premium from the menu. The disk is also SP1 and it is also x86.
Thank you for any answers.
Scott M.

A:Windows 7 Repair Install

Where did you get .iso file from. Is it also HomePremium?

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When trying to upgrade I get this error: Your current version of Windows is more recent than the version you are trying to upgrade to.

I'm trying to do a repair on my windows because initially I had a problem with windows updates(not being able to check for updates) and then I noticed SFC wasn't working ~probably connected, not sure.

The windows 7 .iso I have doesn't have SP1. And I don't think my PC does either(since I deleted all installed updates while trying to repair the windows updater).

A:Cannot repair install windows 7

Where did you get the ISO?

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I hope somebody can help me with this one.
I am trying to do a repair install but at the installing windows part of the setup, it stays at "setup will complete in approximately 34 minutes" for 3-4 hours.
At this point i stop it and start again but it seems to halt again at 34 minutes.
The screen still scrolls and the timer squares at the bottom right still go back and forward.
Have i done something wrong or does it take hours?

A:windows xp repair install

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I have problem which came out of nowhere. Just yesterday everything was working fine, today I switched on my computer and I was directed to the Windows EMS recovery system. These are the things I've managed to find out so far:

-You cannot bypass the Windows 7 EMS (there isn't even a safe mode)

-I cannot repair automatically, because the EMS setup does not an operating system..

-However when I press "Load drives", I can navigate through my hard disk easily, although I do not know what drivers I need to find.

-I used the bootrec command; it does find Windows installed, but it cannot repair, because it write "Cannot find specified path", although it did find Windows installed

- I ran Windows Memory Diagnostics, but it passed the test a few times, so no problems with my RAM I guess.

- Switched the eSATA in bios OFF/ON, does no change a thing

- I cannot install a new copy of windows, because of the error code: 0xC0000005

Anyone has an idea what might be the problem?

A:Windows 7 - no run, no repair, no install

Hello Gaderas and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry to hear you're having these problems. Have you tried booting your computer using a System Repair Disc?

System Repair Disc - Create

Couple of other troubleshooting guides prepared by one of the Forum experts:

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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ok i am not asking how to do this

what bugs me there myst be some way for this issue

pc stuck at 34 minute doing repair install

with debug mode it works and win will install but takes more time

but the question is u wan stop the windows repair install and continue using windows that was working with some minor issues so

question is
can i tell the windows that i dont wan to continue with repair instalation i just wan my old instalation back in action
thanks in advance i know someone has the answer and i sucseeded once to stop the repair install but i dont now how i did that

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When i try to do a repair install of windows 7 pro 64, it says i cannot upgrade win 7 pro 64 with win 7 pro 64.  I have been doing this every 6 months for years to keep my OS fresh. What changed? Why am i unable to reinstall the Windows 7 Pro 64 that
i pay for?

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after a recent onslaught of program issues, i am at a total loss... i have a refurbished hp nc6000 with authentic xp professional installed... accidentally, operating folders and/or shared folders have been deleted... i do not have a original xp disk and am in the middle of costa rica, so even as a last resort, finding an xp prof in english will be a task... how can i repair the windows operating system and or restore it to its original format with all of its files and folders installed... i have tried way too many things and am exhausted at this point... these missing files dont allow me to install explorer 7 fully and even with my print shop disk, i am unable to run it after install... other programs have been loaded and run fine, but some no... i think i have some missing files in my oem and dont know how to restore them without the xp disk... help please

A:need to repair windows xp install?

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I am trying to repair install windows xp pro on my laptop...It says that the product key(which is on the COA) is invalid...
I am using an msde cd with windows xp sp2 and I am sure that the COA is genuine. I also have a feeling that the cd I am using is a retail one and I need an OEM one...If so, how do I get it. My laptop is a HP Compaq nx6110...
Any help is most gratefully appreciated.
NOTE:I cannot install windows 7 or 8 or vista as it does not support these operating systems and I do not want to use them either...I prefer Windows xp...

A:Repair install of windows xp

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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I started a repair install on an older computer at work. I have done this many times but I have never run into this problem. A little over halfway through the repair install, a system restore window pops up and it freezes the repair install as soon as it happens. I have tried over and over again and the same thing happens every time. Does anyone have any knowledge that could help me out?

A:Windows XP Repair Install

You may have a bad hard drive. Try booting to a command prompt and run "chkdsk /r" to attempt to repair the bad sectors. If this works, it will only be temporary, and you should replace the drive anyway.

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Hey there all, my Windows 7 install is officially screwed up and I need a repair install to fix it. I was displeased to find that this feature has been removed since I did it last in XP. Is there a way to force an upgrade install of Windows 7 WITHOUT actually starting it first from the hard drive (since this is not working; starts to a mouse pointer for ten or so seconds, then reboots; safemode used to work, now does the same thing)?


- 2 Bunny

A:Need a way to repair install Windows 7

Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in



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hi i`ve been having a few probs with pc not starting in safe mode after doing a bit of research it seems that only solution is to re-install windows but my problem is that when i try to reboot with xp disc in the drive all i get is a blank screen
tried to reboot then hold f8 but just goes to blank screen not sure wat to do next it was saying the file missing is c;/windows/msconfig/system b4 the screen went blank on me but not been able to get to do re-install

A:cannot repair or re-install windows (HELP)

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How can I do a Repair Install of Windows 8?

I am working on this computer for someone. Its an HP Pavilion 17.

It has multiple drives installed. 2 partitions are hidden.

I would like to get to the factory settings and restore it.

I have 2 Product keys for it. The one for the Windows 8 OS that someone installed on top of the factory Windows 8 OS and the factory Windows 8 OS.


OS - Windows 8 64-bit
Processor: AMD A4-515M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook PC
Serial Number: 5CD3328MP7
Product Number: E0J76UA#ABA

Help needed please as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance!

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there are lots of threads saying running a repai install is a good idea to get sp1 going properly

I have one question.

Certainly in the UK you get no windows 7 disc when you buy a new PC (you havent for years)? So how is one to run a repair install?

A:windows 7 repair install?

Hello Gunneradt,

Unfortunately, you will not be able to do a repair install on a OEM computer since it uses a factory recovery disc instead of a retail or student copy of Windows 7.

Without knowing more about what your SP1 issue is, hopefully the "Possible installation issues" at the link below may prove to be helpful.


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How can I do a Repair Install of Windows 8?

I am working on this computer for someone. Its an HP Pavilion 17.

It has multiple drives installed. 2 partitions are hidden.

I would like to get to the factory settings and restore it.

I have 2 Product keys for it. The one for the Windows 8 OS that someone installed on top of the factory Windows 8 OS and the factory Windows 8 OS.


OS - Windows 8 64-bit
Processor: AMD A4-515M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook PC
Serial Number: 5CD3328MP7
Product Number: E0J76UA#ABA

Help needed please as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance!

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I installed a clean win xp professional OS on a new rig (quad processor), no issues. Then I did a Acronis recovery from a uniprocessor pc, and installed the correct mobo drivers. Still no issues. The I did a restart and a repair install to load the mobo sata and AHCI drivers. The pc restarts, but everytime I open a program from windows, for example Windows Explorer, or Software from the configuration screen, or Network Connections, I get a window with "Windows Installer", waiting for something to load.

The version of windows on my old pc is sp3, after the repair install (I used a win xp slipstreamed with sp2), I see sp2 on my info screen of computer properties.

What should/can I do to solve this Installer window?

A:windows xp repair install

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So I have to do a repair install because I have tried items in the forums here and in other websites to fix a Windows 7 update problem. Nothing has worked; even the FixIt's from Microsoft, sfc /scannow is also broken and I have been at it for a few hours; no viruses (did 7 scans with different A/V's) so probably faster to just do a repair install.

I will copy my profile and backup other things like my Firefox profile and what not. But a question, if I do this

Repair Install

What about my installed programs; will they still be there?

Or do I need to make a list of them so I can reinstall those after I get my system up and running.


A:Got to do a Windows 7 repair install, but questions

You should be able to keep most of your programs and user data/profiles following that guide, however, its always best to create a backup and make a list (or simply use the Snipping tool) of your installed programs.

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After long, hard fought battle against various ailments of my computer, (documented here: http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/904096-more-computer-issues.html) My operating system decided to not run anymore. Of course after all this I decided to finally break down and buy a new computer (besides my machine was about 7 years old), but I do want to salvage some data from it. Now after doing some research, I read about the whole repair install and from this board even, I got the link to these instructions: http://www.informationweek.com/news...articleID=189400897&pgno=1&queryText=&isPrev=

I was wondering if any of you have tried this, how well it works, how long it usually takes, how safe is it, and ect.

Thanks in advance.

A:Another Windows XP Repair Install thread.

DGoines said:

After long, hard fought battle against various ailments of my computer, (documented here: http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/904096-more-computer-issues.html) My operating system decided to not run anymore. Of course after all this I decided to finally break down and buy a new computer (besides my machine was about 7 years old), but I do want to salvage some data from it. Now after doing some research, I read about the whole repair install and from this board even, I got the link to these instructions: http://www.informationweek.com/news...articleID=189400897&pgno=1&queryText=&isPrev=

I was wondering if any of you have tried this, how well it works, how long it usually takes, how safe is it, and ect.

Thanks in advance.Click to expand...
I wouldn't normally hesitate to trust anything Fred Langa wrote but I have seen systems which have gone through this procedure and lost files along the way. It really depends how important those data are - you say only "want to salvage" and not 'desperately need' - make a choice.

While you have two computers, you could network them together and transfer the data to the new place of safety and then run the Repair process with impunity. Networking is simple and if you don't have two monitors, buy a cheap KVM - keyboard-video-mouse- unit to command two computers from one setup.

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Hi, I am extremely incompetent and something happened and my bootloader got messed up, or I think Only my bootloader got messed up...

Now whenever I turned on my laptop, I get a black a black screen with a blinking text cursor on the top left corner, right after the BIOS is loaded. Nothing happens after that, even when I waited around 15 minutes, just to see if it's slow. I tried using windows 7 installation disk and it's repair install function. I also tried bootrec /fixmbr, /fixboot, /rebuildbcd, bootsect /nt60 .... etc through command prompt. Doesn't fix anything. What can possibly be wrong? What else could I try?

By the way, my system triple boots Windows Vista, 7, Ubuntu(through Wubi). Now all I care about is booting into windows 7. I have nothing important on the other 2. I am pretty sure my data is safe, as I can actually browse them through that "load driver" option in windows' installation disk. If there is nothing that can be done and my bootloader is completely messed up, is there anyway to copy my files elsewhere without booting into windows?

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 can not Boot; Not even after repair install


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im new here so i hope i post properly.
i have a toshiba satellite that had windows 7 on it. i purchased windows 8 and installed it and then i started having problems with it being slow so i did a restore to factory settings hoping that i could start fresh. well now i cant start windows because there was an error during restore. i tried to install my windows 8 disk but it says there is no operating system to install to. now for some reason when i try to use my windows 8 disk to try and install it gets stuck at the blue windows logo. then it says there was an error and cant install and restarts computer. i tried pressing f8 but it freezes and then tells me ntldr is missing CAD to restart. pressing 0 to doesnt work it just goes back to ntldr is missing. i dont know what to do and i cant afford geeksquad. is there a way to get to command prompt from startup with out going to f8. i also tried going to f12 and using HDD restore but it just freezes on the blue popup saying yes or no to the restore. any help would be appreciated. thx.

forgot to add im an idiot and tried to use a windows xp upgrade disk to try and repair.. that might be where the ntldr is missing is coming from.

A:Solved: cant repair or install windows 8

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I upgraded from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 10 32-bit successfully. I wanted to install chrome since the internet was bugging out so I plugged in a flash drive and my computer started to shut down. After this my computer did disk check and couldnt repair itself. I cant system restore since I have no restore point (I though when upgrading to Windows 10 it did this automatically but its not showing up anywhere). I couldnt repair either. What do I do?

I read somewhere that I have to clean install Windows 10 but Im not exactly sure what will happen. Will I have the same programs with the clean install even if I didnt back up before I upgraded? I think I have an Acronis backup (.tib file) but I cant get Acronis on my computer that isnt working (this computer cant download it for some reason so cant make a bootable drive).

A:Windows 10 repair/ clean install

Is the computer not booting up? The post gives that meaning to me.
Well, you can do a clean reinstall anytime, but before that better you try to revive the present installation.
Get a windows 10 ISO. Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 ForumsBoot to Advanced Startup Options from Windows 10 Installation USB or DVD (Option FIVE)Try a startup Repair. Startup Repair - Run in Windows 10 - Windows 10 ForumsRun Startup Repair for three consecutive times with restarts in between those.
Then try to boot to the computer back. Does it work?

If not, you have to opt for a clean install, as repair install does not work for a non-bootable computer.

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Hi, I switch my old MB and CPU for new ones. On start up it would tell me to pick:Windows XP Pro or Debug mode. Then next it asks window xp, last known working, safe mode, etc. No matter what I pick, a loading bar appears at bottom, loads 1/3 of bar then restarts. I figured cause of the new hardware so I did a Repair Install on XP. First time it froze at the saving configuration part, I restarted and then it was able to get past that on the second try for the repair. After it restarted to boot windows XP, I wait for the part to hit no key and wait for it to boot xp. What it does is go blank, show a loading bar at the bottom, loads half way then reboots again. I repair again and it does the same thing. I can't get to the part to boot xp to finish the install repair to go through windows install.

Am I missing something?
I did a recovery console check disk and it did find some errors, idk what those are or how to find out what they are...

A:Windows XP Repair Install issues

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Hi, I did a Windows Repair using the original Dell XP CD that came with the computer. Well during this process an error message popped up stating: Software Installation has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility. This software will not be installed. Contact your system administrator. So I clicked to continue. I got back onto Windows desktop and a few errors popped up. One of which is McAfee. I can't get McAfee to work at all. The icons are there and when I clicked them nothing comes up. I tried to uninstall McAfee and it won't even do it. It just hangs there during the uninstall. So I put the Dell cd in to install it that way. That didn't work. I went and downloaded AVG free so I would be secure. I would love to know how to uninstall and reinstall McAfee. This is not my computer it is my Uncle's. If it was my choice I would stick with AVG free. Also when you do a Windows Repair you lose the Service Pack 2. So I tried to install that and it failed halfway thru. I used the SP2 cd I had and also tried it off Windows Update. No luck. I tried doing it in safe mode still no luck. Any solutions to fix these problems? I wanna exhaust all possibilities before I go with the format the drive and do a fresh XP install. Thanks.

A:Windows Repair error during install!!!!!

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I am having problem with the sound (!Failed to play test tone). I tried all possible methods including reinstalling the latest audio drive (Realtek).

I have not taken backup of any image.

I tried 'sfc/scannow' and restored two corrupt files (they have nothing to do with audio). Bur audio stil not working.

At last I tried, the option of repair install windows 7 using the original 'Windows 7' installation CD as per the procedure given in the tutorial.

I stopped the McAfee 'Realtime scan option' with 'Never start' option.

Everything went on well, but it stopped in the following screen. (Sorry! I have not taken the screen shot)

Upgrading windows

That's all the information we need right now. Your computer will restart several times during the upgrade.
(TICK) Copying Windows files
(TICK) Gathering files, settings, and programs
(TICK) Expanding Windows files
(TICK) Installing features and updates
(no TICK but in BOLD) Transferring files, settings, and programs (62%...)

Transferring files, settings, and programs (316895 of 419269 transferred)
Please wait ......


The above screen remained for nearly 24 hrs without any change. Mouse was also not working. When I pressed the ESC key, the following message was displayed

! Setup cannot be canceled at this point. Doing so could leave your computer in a potentially... Read more

A:Repair Install Windows 7 Unsuccessful

When you say upgrading windows, what is it that you are doing? You are repairing Win 7 right, is there the option of reinstalling windows 7 while saving your necessities to a thumbdrive?

or, I would make sure you don't have a virus. uninstall McAfee if you will and install Malewarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. Update and then run both of those. defragment as well. I would go a step further and remove programs you didn't need or use. After this, I would try another system repair. If this doesn't work, someone else may have to guide you to do something else

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All Win Xp users should print this out and keep it for future use / sooner or later you WILL need to use it / spyware will see to that !!


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A:Windows XP Repair Install Guide

Hi Joe,

Real nice link. Thanks for posting it.

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I had an issue with the .MSI Windows Installer (imbedded in Windows 7).

I followed some bad advice and deleted via Regedit. Windows Installer 5.0 is NOT available for download as a stand alone program.

So I'm pondering doing a Repair Install.

Will doing so Reinstall the Windows Installer Program ?

A:Will a Repair Install Fix the Windows Installer 5.0 ??

Yes it should seeing as its a windows file.
Repair install replaces the Windows files from the disc.

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I started a win xp repair install thinking I would not require the product key. As I now know this is not the case and I don't have the old product key, but I do have a new product key which will not be accepted. Does anyone know how I can backout of this ?


A:windows xp repair install and no product key

your legal product key should be on the computer case - give it a try.

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I started a thread months ago at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/556073/infected-with-stolendata-and-trojanagentai-ccleaner-question/  and have had alot of interaction the staff member bloopie. Malware was rules out for my computer issues, but I was very relieved to see that I could re-install the OS without reformatting it. I carefully went through the instructions from the following 2 links :
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_repair_faulty_windows_installation_without_reformatting  (method 2)
I was wary at first with my confidence of doing this without screwing up my computer, but I believe I can do it. I carefully went over the steps from the links, made a text file I'm gonna print out for reference, downloaded produkey to get my windows product key, and plan to hopefully have the installation run while I sleep. I'm running a backup now for my important files on my internal hard drives just in case in the meantime. I don't think I really need any assistance with this surprisingly, but thought it couldn't hurt to post a topic here just in case. I do have a question though. If my computer is unattended for hours when it asks for my product key and to activate now, would that be an issue? I plan on entering the product key and activating when I wake up. I don't think it should be an issue. Afterwards, I will do all the necessary updates until all of them are... Read more

A:Doing a windows 7 repair install as suggested...

The PC "should" wait patiently for you to get back to it.

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Hey guys and gals, got a question...:yes:

My MS support contact advised me to use the Operating System Cd...Microsoft Windows
XP Pro SP3 to repair my system...

Everything went well on the CD install until it rebooted...

Now I'm looking at a black screen that states "We apologize for the inconvinience, but
Windows did not start successfully..."

The screen with the 'Start Windows Normally, Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking...etc" and the 30 sec countdown...

And this cycles endlessly. I've tried all the options etc yet to no avail...
And the only way to shut down in manually turn off...

This has me totally puzzled...

System Info...

Computer Manu: Dell
Computer Model: Precision Work Station 360
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80 GHZ
Motherboard: Dell OW2563
Phy Ram: 2.37 GB
OS Name: Win XP Pro SP3 (build 2600) x86

Any ideas would be appreciated...(haven't heard back from my ms contact in days)...
so I'm a little irritated...


A:Windows XP won't boot after CD Repair install

Hi .<<My MS support contact advised me...>>I guess that I don't understand why you didn't get back to this contact...when problems arose.Your system is a Dell, which, IMO, means that you should have contacted/searched the Dell website...regarding a solution to whatever your unspecified problem was which preceded this attemptd reinstall.Since you have provided no details about what preceded this stage of your problems....IMO, it's hard to advise/suggest what may have taken place and what the next step should be.Dell Instructions, Reinstalling O/S.Louis

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So randomly I went onto my laptop today and I saw an error that said the PC needs repair, something about a UEFI installation or whatever. Basically I need to do a recovery or whatever so I figured **** it, Ill just do a completely fresh install. I have windows 8.1 downloading now and I will throw it on a USB stick and do the fresh install.

Is there anything special I need to do? Ive never reinstalled on a laptop that has both an SSD and a normal HDD. Im assuming I just install windows to the SSD?

Also do I need to do anything to get to the windows install menu once I plug in the USB? I know I need to press ESC to access the UEFI menu or whatever, so I am guessing the USB stick will be there and I just press enter on that correct?

Thanks for your help, sorry if its confusing. Just frustrated that this happened this morning

A:Windows 8.1 needs repair...doing fresh install on SSD need help please

Make sure your USB Flash drive is UEFI: How To Make UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 8 | Next of Windows

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