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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Force In Place Reinstall?


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03-Dec-2010, 04:53 PM #1
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Force In Place Reinstall?
Is there a way to have Win7 Ultimate x64 to force a reinstall rather than a repair?

Not sure if it's an issue with HDD or what at this point but here's what is going on...

I started getting some BSOD errors, then startup errors reporting bad system files. I tried to have windows do the repairs with the install DVD but it keeps repeating the process and the same errors come back up. I can't figure out how to get the actual Install to start to run a "Repair Installation" like Win2K and XP would do.

It is a single user(single install) license and if I change HDD's, will it let me re-run the upgrade install again without having to call Micro$oft for a new key?

Thanks in Advance!

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04-Dec-2010, 10:14 AM #2
First, replace the hard disk. You need a least three component changes before it will need re-activating Windows again.

To do in place repairs, type SFC /SCANNOW (SFC = System File Checker) and it will replace any corrupt files.

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04-Dec-2010, 04:14 PM #3
With Windows 7 the equivalent of the XP Repair Install is to do an "Upgrade" install. Best to uninstall non-Windows security applications or at least disable them while doing the "upgrade."
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