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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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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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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'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 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?

A:Repair Install of Windows 7

Did you replace the RAM module? If not, remove all but one RAM Module and run Memtest on each module separately. If you get an Error (Red) that module is bad and needs to be replaced. After replacing the RAM module.
If SFC /scannow has errors it can't fix, then start a Command Prompt as Admin as previously done. At the Elevated Command Prompt type
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth and press enter, then type
DISM /Online /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RestoreHealth and press enter

If that fails, Try running a Startup Repair. Start the computer from a cold start, not a reboot and press F8 continuously. In the Advance Boot Menu select Startup Repair.
If that doesn't work, you can use the Recovery Management. Restart the computer hold down the Alt key and press F10. This will set the computer back to Factory Defaults. https://us.answers.acer.com/app/answ...tail/a_id/2631

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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My x230t Windows 7 64 bit machine just started doing a blue screeen of death crash, about 5 minutes after bootup. There's no virus, no new programs installed, just strange. Is there a way to do a Repair Install of Windows 7?  in other words, I dont want to revert to factory settings.  I know that before, there was a way to do it if I had a windows disk, but it didn't come with one. Thanks,John

A:Is there a way to do a Windows 7 repair install?

When i restart my X230 and press F11 a couple of times it gives me various options, maybe some of them are of use.

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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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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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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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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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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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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!!!!!

You should slipstream SP2 to the install cd
Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD

You are probably going to have to manually remove McAfee, just had to do the same on a machine I am working on. Add/Remove Programs brought up only a blank windows as well as the install cd. This requires editing the registry, make sure you back it up before attempting the manual uninstall. Direction are in my sig.
Click Start/Run and type in regedit
Click Edit/Find and type in McAfee, delete every mcafee file it finds in the right window pane

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So my computer went from running perfectly fine to barely functional in a day. So I decided to reformat and reinstall. The plan was a complete reset. Factory defaults. So I backed up my stuff. Loaded up the install disk, formatted both my drives, combined some partitions and installed windows. Now this was a mistake, because I wound up with two windows 7 installs (it's been a while since I last did this, I forgot the steps). But whatever, I'll load it up, remove the second install. But every time I try to load either windows copy I get the error:
Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start.

A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."

3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

*sigh* alright lets repair. However Startup repair cannot repair either install automatically. So I did some research and was told to make a few command prompt calls to restore default windows boot files however, despite my keyboard working enough to get me to the startup disk, the command prompt won't accept any key presses. Also any restart fails to start back up, I have... Read more

A:Windows install failed, can't repair

First off, you should never install anything with multiple drives connected. Remove all drives/usbs from your system and leave only the hard drive you want to install Windows 7 on plugged in. (You can either disable the drive in BIOS or you can open the PC and physically unplug the extra hard drives.) After that, follow the steps in the tutorial below to perform a perfect install. At this point, its best to just start over. Since you have backups already, this should be easy.

Proceed with step one in the following turotial. Keep in mind, only step 1 is necessary. If you wish to move on to further steps, you can but its not mandatory)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Now follow this guide to create a perfect install
Clean Install Windows 7

Complete these tasks and report back.

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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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A VSS Writer System File was corrupt in Windows 7 and I decided to try a repair install. The repair appeared to be running fine (up to step 9 in the tutorial on this site) but hung while attempting to reboot.

My boot manager is showing 3 systems...the attempted repair setup, my original Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

I've tried booting Windows 7 thinking I'd try to rerun the repair after disconnecting all of my devices. Windows 7 starts normally but I can't access my C drive and when I try to run setup from the DVD I get an access denied message. Any way I can get control of my DVD?

I've also booted from the Windows 7 install disk and tried the repair option. I get a message saying that repair is unable to help.

I considered booting from Vista and running the upgrade but I don't get to choose which system to upgrade and I don't want to upgrade my Vista.

I may have to redo a fresh install of Windows 7 but I'd really prefer to retry the repair install.

Please share your suggestions....Thanks!!

A:Repair Install Hangs in Windows 7...Help


You can try booting from the Windows 7 DVD and selecting 'Repair Options' then command prompt. Once open type sfc /scannow this will scan all system file integrity & replace any that have been changed or become corrupt.

Hope this helps


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First, see this thread for original problem:

I have tried rebooting, rebooting in debug mode, rebooting in safe mode. Nothing works; the computer is just looping within the setup, stuck at installing devices, 34 min. Can't get into anything, tho w/ shift and F10, I can get to the dos command prompt. But I don't have the skill to know what to command it. :)

I do have some text files I need for Grad school. I have scoured the web, and whereas this seems to be a common problem, the only fix offered is to del the last.inf file seen in setuplog. I couldn't figure out how to even browse .inf files.

Please please help me. I have a DEll 1525,running XP

A:Windows Repair Install Freezes at 34 min

This is all very unclear.

Do you have an XP disk ? HD errors may be the problem, and it's easy to fix them or rule them out.

You can boot to an XP disk, run "Recovery Console", and at the "C:\" prompt, type "chkdsk /r".

Disconnect all unecessary hardware during a Repair Install, printers, thumbdrives, etc...

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I am trying to do a repair install on windows 7 using the Windows 7 disk. It was at the point of the compatability issues and gave me the following warnings:

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

Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing.

Can anyone help? I downloaded the tutorial on Repair Install and am following it to the letter until these errors came up.

A:Newbie needs help with repair install - windows 7

This can happen if your installation disc is pre-service pack 1 and you have since updated to service pack 1.
Unfortunately the best thing to do in this scenario is backup data you want to keep then do a proper clean format and install
Here's our tutorials on both methods:
Repair Install

Clean Install Windows 7
(this method assumes you have made a backup of important data)

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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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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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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

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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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After having tried for a long time to fix a number of problems (see Not Running Genuine Windows Error 0x8004fe21 for the details), I've tried to do a repair install.
This fails however during the "compatibility check" with the following error message:
"The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.
An error prevented a required compliance check from completing. Cancel the installation and try upgrading again."

Does anyone understand what this error message means and how to solve the problem?

A:Windows 7 Pro 64 bit repair install fails

get a valid version of Win 7.

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I have a nasty problem where I can't create restore points, actually they get created but then disappear in about 10 seconds. multiple posts on multiple forums have not resulted in any fixes. please see posts here for more information.(restore point created but goes away, create restore point success but disappears) I know from working with xp doing system work, there was a repair option that was available with an install, I was wondering if that same option exists for win7? At this point I'm hoping something like a major repair where most if not all of the os is inspected and replaced could fix this severe nasty problem.

A:windows 7 install - is there a repair option like for xp


Plus you may want to make images

Imaging with free Macrium

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