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PostSubject: Repair Install For Vista   Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:50 pm

How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista



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This will allow you to repair your Vista installation and keep all of your personal user account files, settings, and programs. You will be performing a Upgrade Install from within your currently running Vista.



NOTE
  • You will not be able to do a upgrade install in Safe Mode.

  • You must have Retail Full or Upgrade Vista installation DVD to do this. Some people have had problems with a Full version letting them do a upgrade install though.

  • A OEM (retail version) Vista installation DVD that you buy at a store and does not come with the computer are usually the same as a regular retail (full or upgrade) Vista installation DVD, but have a OEM license (product key number) instead of a retail license (product key number).

  • If you have a OEM Recovery Vista installation DVD that came preinstalled with your OEM brand computer instead, then it will most likely only be a clone of the hard drive with Vista allowing you to only do a clean install with it instead. These OEM computers often have a Recovery D:\ partition that does the same thing as the OEM Recovery Vista installation DVD.

  • If you have a Anytime Upgrade Vista installation DVD, then you will not be able to do this.

  • The Vista installation DVD that you use to do the repair (upgrade) install must be the same or newer version of Vista with the Windows Updates and SP level than what you currently have installed. If the DVD is a older version, then you cannot do a repair (upgrade) install with it.

  • IF YOU HAVE THE VISTA SP1 INSTALLED:

  • This will not work if you have SP1 installed unless your Vista installation DVD includes the SP1, or you create a Vista SP1 slipstream installation DVD (See below). When the SP1 is installed, it will give Vista a newer version number than what is on the original Vista installation DVD.

  • You can only do a Upgrade install if the currently installed Vista is the same or older version than what is on the Vista installation DVD.

  • To create a Vista SP1 slipstream installation DVD to use to do a Repair (upgrade) install, see: How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD . Note that this does not always work to use for a Repair install.

  • Another option is to uninstall the Vista SP1, then run the Repair install and install the SP1 again afterwards. To uninstall the SP1, see: Microsoft Help and Support: How to uninstall Windows Vista SP1 as a troubleshooting step

  • IF YOU HAVE THE VISTA SP2 INSTALLED:

  • This will not work if you have SP1 and SP2 installed unless your Vista installation DVD includes SP2.

  • Be sure to backup any important data you have, just in case something goes wrong during installation. You may need to reinstall some of your drivers. You do not want to do this if you are dual booting with XP and Vista was not installed as the primary boot drive. It can cause XP to not startup anymore.




Note
  • If Vista is still not working properly afterwards, then a Clean Install would be recommended.

  • You may need to reinstall some of your drivers after the Repair (upgrade) install.

  • You will not be able to do a upgrade install in Safe Mode.
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