Tuesday, 12 June 2012

How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7

This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers. Do a Repair installation if: * A System Restore did not help fix your Windows 7. * There is no other easier option left that can fix your Windows 7. * You DO NOT want to do a Clean reinstall of Windows 7. * You DO want to preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers. ITEMS THAT WILL BE RESET TO DEFAULT OR AFFECTED: Sounds Services Visual Effects Settings Device Drivers - Be sure to have these handy to reinstall. They do not always remain after the repair (upgrade) install. You may loose your custom themes due to not having permisions set on the old themes. Go to the themes folder at C:/Users/Your User Name/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Themes, then Take Ownership of the themes folder and you will now have all your themes back. It has been reported that you may also lose your Media Center gadget after doing the repair install. WARNING You will not be able to do a repair upgrade install in Safe Mode. The Windows 7 installation DVD that you use to do the repair install with must be the same or newer updated version of Windows 7 (ex: Windows Updates or SP level) than the currently installed Windows 7. If the DVD is an older version, then you cannot do a repair install with it. Here are steps you need to follow o Repair install Windows 7

 Step 1 Start the Windows 7 and log on to administrator account

Step 2 Disable the 3rd party antivirus, firewall or any such security program. These may interfere with the repair upgrade installation of Windows 7.

Step 3 Load the Windows 7 installation DVD into the DVD drive. Now click on the Run Setup.exe option in the Autoplay window from within the currently installed Windows 7.

 Step 4 Next click on the Install Now button to start the installation

 Step 5 Uncheck the I want to help make Windows installation better box. Following this click on the Go online to get the latest updates for installation option.

 Step 6 Windows 7 will search online to install any available installation updates.

Step 7 Look for the I accept the license terms box and check it. Then click on Next.

 Step 8 Follow it by clicking on the Upgrade option. Now the installation of Windows 7 will begin.

Step 9 After the final restart a blank screen appears

 Step 10 Type in your Windows 7 product key number, check the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box at the bottom.

Step 11 After this click on the Next button.

Step 12 Now click on the Use recommended settings.

 Step 13 Choose your Time Zone. Set the time and date setting and click on the Next button.

 Step 14 Click on the option for your computer's location to select the correct network location type setting that has to be applied for the location.

Step 16 Now Windows 7 prepares your desktop to startup

 Step 17 It's not over yet. Now, ensure that you are not missing any user file.


 Step 18 Check to see if you are missing any user files. If you are, then you can copy them from the

C:\Windows.old or the hidden protected operating system C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\WINDOWS.~Q backup folders. Step 19 Run the Disk Cleanup. For this click on the Clean up system file button. After this check the Files discarded by Windows upgrade box. Step 20 Refresh the Windows Experience Index (WEI) score. Finally you are done with the repair work. Activate the Windows 7
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