How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Friday, February 6, 2009

Are you in trouble with your installed Windows 7? Looking to repair upgrade install to fix Windows 7? I suggest first try out the System Restore or any other easier option to fix the installed Windows 7. A clean reinstall is not easy. Moreover, you insist to preserve your user accounts, data, programs and system drivers. The only way you could do this is to Repair Install to Fix Windows 7.

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

Step 11

First uncheck the Automatically activate Windows when I’m online box at the bottom. 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

In case some users files are missing copy them from the hidden protected operating system - C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\WINDOWS.~Q 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 and enjoy.


October 23, 2010: 3:22 pm

I have Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
and it keeps crashing when I boot it
I am about ready, to shoot it

September 11, 2010: 3:04 pm

i have windows 7 home basic and i have a problem that desktop gadgets has stopped working i need a solution ??????

Ken McAvoy
June 9, 2010: 12:57 pm

It is a really poor of Microsoft to not provide an option where you can boot from your original licensed Windows 7 DVD and run a repair/restore process. After all the main reason why people want to do that is because they cannot BOOT — DUH! System restore - repair as it exists in W7 is practically useless so hard to know why we are all paying for these very ineffective choices. Give me back the classic menu , let me have the standard office menu back and give me a repair /restore option like I had in XP and I might just feel W7 can be used. Until Microsoft do that I figure W7 is one big waste of my time and money. No need to slag me - its my opinion and after all as a paying client I decide what I like and wish to use not a software company.


Robert H Mercer
May 23, 2010: 12:31 am

This so-called Windows 7 [a mere "upgraded?" version of Vista] repair proramme is like the OS itself…pretty useless. After doing the usual checks and getting the info that my system would run on Windows 7 I paid out good money and changed the OS. BAD mistake! Got more BSOD’s than with XP pro! No problem I read, just go back to a previous system restore point. Having done just that my computer is now worse than ever! Seems that Windows updates tend to change/delete/modify files which no longer work as they should. Still, all these new OS’s keep Bill in the manner to which he has become accustomed I guess! Pass the Linux someone!

March 10, 2010: 8:09 am

Enjoyed it…

January 17, 2010: 5:11 pm

Thank you so much for this posting… I was struggling for the last 2 days trying to figure out how to fix an issue with a corrupted .Net install on Windows 7. Of course, I was hesitant to try this repair upgrade approach as it seemed like a last resort. After searching the web endlessly for solutions and failing several attempts to resolve this issue I finally gave in and decided to give this option a try. It worked exactly as you stated and it seems as though my problems have completely disappeared. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for saving me even more time trying to fix this…

For those of you experiencing .Net framework errors on Windows 7, I believe my issue came about after un-installing Visual Studio 2008 - for some reason the uninstall seemed to corrupt my .Net framework installation…

November 15, 2009: 4:14 pm

If you select upgrade windows 7 will all my files and programs that are installed on the pc uninstall, and be delted???

Thank You ,
best Regards

November 6, 2009: 11:51 am

I got a compatibility error! Even though I am running in 64-bit, I tried to repair install in 64-bit and it wouldn’t proceed because it said I can’t upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit as a repair install! What the hell?

Paul Barrett
May 6, 2009: 9:49 pm

But if the reason you need to do a repair install is that your Windows 7 installation has unfixable startup problems, you’re out of luck.
With XP you could do a repair install by booting the CD. Starting with Vista, you have to be running the OS, or start from scratch.
Very Annoying!

April 7, 2009: 3:01 pm

[...] Originally Posted by stuckonashelf did you repair or start from scratch? I performed a repair install per instructions on How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 [...]

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