I had issues with my computer timing out when connecting to my LAN setup.
I posted my problem in the NETWORKING forums with no resolve to my issue as to why my LAN connection timed out before actaully connecting.
Through frustrations and confusion, I got to thinking how I resolved my issues with Windows 98--Windows XP when things just couldn't seem to be fixed.
I gave it a shot and put my Windows 7 DVD installation disk into the DVD drive and waited for it to load. (Note: This is done while logged into Windows)
Once it did, the only option available was INSTALL. So I clicked install.
It then gave me two options.
Option 1 was full NEW install (which wipes any previous copy of Windows.)
Option 2 was UPGRADE this version of Windows.
Now being that I already have an Authentic Genuine copy of Windows 7 installed, I tried the upgrade option to see if it would work.
The installation went through just as if I was upgrading an earlier version of windows.
You will need to have your Windows DVD product key available near the end of the upgrade.
Re-activation might also be needed but won't fail unless you changed a lot of hardware during the upgrade (which is highly unlikely)
During my upgrade several Windows files and .Net Framework client 4 was found to be corrupted, those files were repaired and when the computer rebooted, my Local Area Connection was fully repaired and connected instantly to Windows Activation Central.
My LAN is now repaired, all my files, programs, desktop shortcuts are all fully intact and functional.
The reason for my post is because I have not seen this yet mentioned here in these forums as a repair option. (Only the boot to the DVD repair option, which requires a backup system image or system restore point to do the repair, and if you don't have either this might be your best option)
The reason for the re-install is to have windows replace the missing files or repair corruted ones right from the installation disk. But the object is not to have it over-write your present installation while doing it.
Before I attempted this, I noticed a few things slowing down and acting weird. Now my Windows performance has increased like it was when I first installed it, without the loss of my programs!
If your operating system is on an OEM repair disk your options are slightly different, this post involves a commercially purchased Genuine copy of Windows.
Sorry this post was a bit confusing, but perhaps if you follow my instructions, you might resolve your problems too.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 26 February 2010 - 12:41 AM.