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repair install W7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Joe, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Joe

    Joe Flightless Bird

    I had to change a MB in a W7 machine and since 775 socket MB's are
    becoming short in supply used an earlier board with P45 to P41 chipset.

    Is there a way to do a repair install in W7 like XP?

    I did manage to reload W7 but fortunately the PC had another HDD spare
    and eventually did a clean install on that.

    I know this hasn't solved the problem of keeping all the programmes and
    information which now need to be transferred onto the "new" C: drive.

    So what's the procedure as the MB change needed to reload W7 and the
    options as far as I could work out using the install CD would not work.

    Are there any suggestions how and where to look. this is my first
    instance of a W7 OS repair and could not find my own solution.

    thanks

    r
     
  2. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Joe <mesa@mine.gmail.com> wrote:

    >I had to change a MB in a W7 machine and since 775 socket MB's are
    >becoming short in supply used an earlier board with P45 to P41 chipset.
    >
    >Is there a way to do a repair install in W7 like XP?
    >
    >I did manage to reload W7 but fortunately the PC had another HDD spare
    >and eventually did a clean install on that.
    >
    >I know this hasn't solved the problem of keeping all the programmes and
    >information which now need to be transferred onto the "new" C: drive.
    >
    >So what's the procedure as the MB change needed to reload W7 and the
    >options as far as I could work out using the install CD would not work.
    >
    >Are there any suggestions how and where to look. this is my first
    >instance of a W7 OS repair and could not find my own solution.



    The installation software for Vista and 7 is very different from XP.
    I believe it is possible to do something like a repair install *if*
    you can still boot the OS, which it sounds like in this case you
    couldn't. But running the installer outside of Windows only lets you
    do a custom/clean install.

    However, backing up the data and software-installer files from the old
    drive, and transplanting them onto the new installation, should be
    easy enough.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  3. Joe

    Joe Flightless Bird

    On 24/03/2010 9:10 AM, Joel wrote:
    > Joe<mesa@mine.gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> I had to change a MB in a W7 machine and since 775 socket MB's are
    >> becoming short in supply used an earlier board with P45 to P41 chipset.
    >>
    >> Is there a way to do a repair install in W7 like XP?
    >>
    >> I did manage to reload W7 but fortunately the PC had another HDD spare
    >> and eventually did a clean install on that.
    >>
    >> I know this hasn't solved the problem of keeping all the programmes and
    >> information which now need to be transferred onto the "new" C: drive.
    >>
    >> So what's the procedure as the MB change needed to reload W7 and the
    >> options as far as I could work out using the install CD would not work.
    >>
    >> Are there any suggestions how and where to look. this is my first
    >> instance of a W7 OS repair and could not find my own solution.

    >
    >
    > The installation software for Vista and 7 is very different from XP.
    > I believe it is possible to do something like a repair install *if*
    > you can still boot the OS, which it sounds like in this case you
    > couldn't. But running the installer outside of Windows only lets you
    > do a custom/clean install.
    >
    > However, backing up the data and software-installer files from the old
    > drive, and transplanting them onto the new installation, should be
    > easy enough.
    >


    thanks

    Could not boot the system completely, asked to do a repair but this
    seemed only to use restore point - the OS needed new drivers for the
    replacement MB to be installed.

    Even the custom didn't allow for a repair this either.

    So it appears that the only option was a reinstall.
     
  4. Jack Gillis

    Jack Gillis Flightless Bird

    "Joe" <mesa@mine.gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hobcui$2h0$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > I had to change a MB in a W7 machine and since 775 socket MB's are
    > becoming short in supply used an earlier board with P45 to P41 chipset.
    >
    > Is there a way to do a repair install in W7 like XP?
    >
    > I did manage to reload W7 but fortunately the PC had another HDD spare and
    > eventually did a clean install on that.
    >
    > I know this hasn't solved the problem of keeping all the programmes and
    > information which now need to be transferred onto the "new" C: drive.
    >
    > So what's the procedure as the MB change needed to reload W7 and the
    > options as far as I could work out using the install CD would not work.
    >
    > Are there any suggestions how and where to look. this is my first instance
    > of a W7 OS repair and could not find my own solution.
    >
    > thanks
    >
    > r


    I, too, miss the old XP repair/install capability of installing a new MB.

    I had almost the same experience. Several here recommended using Acronis
    True Image with its Plus Pack but I couldn't make it work even with
    Acronis' help. Also tried the Sysprep method but it was beyond me. I gave
    up and tried Paragon's Drive Backup and its Adjust feature. First I used
    Drive Backup to create a backup set. Then I put the new drivers on an
    external HD. Restored the backup set with the Paragon Recovery CD and used
    Drive Back Up's Adjust feature pointed to the external HD containing the
    drivers. It went like clockwork. All my apps were up and running at the
    first try. No reinstall needed. I don't remember whether or not I had to
    reactivate.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Joe

    Joe Flightless Bird

    On 24/03/2010 10:52 PM, Jack Gillis wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Joe" <mesa@mine.gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:hobcui$2h0$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> I had to change a MB in a W7 machine and since 775 socket MB's are
    >> becoming short in supply used an earlier board with P45 to P41 chipset.
    >>
    >> Is there a way to do a repair install in W7 like XP?
    >>
    >> I did manage to reload W7 but fortunately the PC had another HDD spare
    >> and eventually did a clean install on that.
    >>
    >> I know this hasn't solved the problem of keeping all the programmes
    >> and information which now need to be transferred onto the "new" C: drive.
    >>
    >> So what's the procedure as the MB change needed to reload W7 and the
    >> options as far as I could work out using the install CD would not work.
    >>
    >> Are there any suggestions how and where to look. this is my first
    >> instance of a W7 OS repair and could not find my own solution.
    >>
    >> thanks
    >>
    >> r

    >
    > I, too, miss the old XP repair/install capability of installing a new MB.
    >
    > I had almost the same experience. Several here recommended using Acronis
    > True Image with its Plus Pack but I couldn't make it work even with
    > Acronis' help. Also tried the Sysprep method but it was beyond me. I
    > gave up and tried Paragon's Drive Backup and its Adjust feature. First I
    > used Drive Backup to create a backup set. Then I put the new drivers on
    > an external HD. Restored the backup set with the Paragon Recovery CD and
    > used Drive Back Up's Adjust feature pointed to the external HD
    > containing the drivers. It went like clockwork. All my apps were up and
    > running at the first try. No reinstall needed. I don't remember whether
    > or not I had to reactivate.
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >
    >
    >


    Yep thanks,it all adds to next time this sort of thing happens.

    My problem was the MB went US so I was left with no starting point to
    backup. Still have all the info just on another drive which was
    transferred over to the new drive.

    After a reload couldn't auto reactivate had to phone for the sequence
    and codes.
     

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