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#1 589661

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:26 PM

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.

 

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:50 AM

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


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

I got it from the my digital life windows 7 repository, it includes all the editions inclding home premium



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

Make sure you follow instructions from here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

For instance if you want to run repair using .iso you have to extract it into your hard drive.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

I have done this to the T but it doesnt work, maybe is it because i am using a disk that has a deleted ei.cfg file so tht you have the ability to install any edition. Could this be posible, I will try again with just a home premium disk



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

Give it a shot.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:42 AM


I always check out
this website before downloading registry software for pc/mac -
www.microsoftapple.com - My personal favourite is smart pc fixer because it's
just incredibly simple to use and does exactly what it's name suggests. A
good mac alternative is detox my mac for similar reasons.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

<<My personal favourite is smart pc fixer...>>

 

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes.  If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

<<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.>>

 

Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html

 

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