How to Repair a Faulty Windows Installation Without Reformatting

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To upgrade Windows, the Users, Program Files, and Windows directories need to be on the same partition. Upgrading when these directories are not on the same partition is not supported. Moving these directories so that they are on the same partition is also not supported. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.

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eltoro1

I would like very much to try this out for when I installed Windows Home Server 2011 Launchpad a while back, a login profile was made that I cannot get rid of:  _clientsetup_$ .  I'm hoping that reinstalling Windows 7 will be a remedy.  However, do I specifically need a MS Windows 7 Pro installation disc(s), or will my HP System Recovery and Reinstallation discs work (1 recovery disc, 4 reinstallation discs [3 discs marked #1-3, and 1 disc marked #1 but with a more recent date stamping])?  Furthermore, can I still do the reinstallation even though I have the Windows Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro installed on top of the original Windows 7 Home Premium that came with the system?  If anyone can help, it would certainly be most appreciated.

 

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FrostyWinnipeg

BootRec.exe /fixmbr

 

If Win7 fails to boot more often then not ^ this ^ should fix it.

 

 

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Ahmen7

When I reach the System Recovery Options screen in Step 2, there is no drive letter in the Operating System box-nothing at all.

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TerribleToaster

I use Norton Ghost...

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szore

It's all a lie.

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DoctorX

sometimes... uninstlling the sp and reinstalling it will fix a bunch of stuff.  I had one instance that the permissions got whacked.  I uninstalled sp1 and reinstalled it and no more permission issues.  You cannot uninstall sp1 if it is baked into the iso.  

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ZayLay

I have to try the command prompt scan for errors and attempt to repair.  But I still can't actually uninstall SP1 if i can't get to the windows desktop.  If you could, why would you need to repair windows?  Maybe it would be easier to simply burn a new windows installation disk from Microsoft that includes SP1, but they don't seem to offer that as a download yet, only an add-on installation.

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