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    Win 7 No-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

    Hi all,

    A while back Fred Langa wrote an article about this topic. I have Win 7 X64 ultimate installed on my computer. I was going through the article and it told me if my original DVD didn't have SP1 (it doesn't) to go to the control panel & remove SP1. I tried, both in Normal mode & safe mode and always get the following message: http://screencast.com/t/fKWZUpZ8bp Does anyone have any idea's on what I can do, so I don't have to format and start everything from scratch?

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    Download Windows 7 sp1 iso here and burn the iso to a dvd. Use it along with your product id to do the non destructive reinstall.

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    The iso download should work fine with your key if the key is a retail version. For an OEM key you might be able to use an app such as SIW to find the original key to use.

    SIW.jpg

    I am not positive because I have not used the iso file yet, but I have read that OEM keys will not work. Perhaps Jerry would know.
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    Jerry,

    Thank you so very much for your help, my computer has been saved. Your download worked like a champ!

    Ted,

    I didn't read your reply until after I started my recovery. On my Dell computer, I just took the product key off of the tag in the back, it was accepted, even though this was an OEM installed system with a DVD.

    One happy camper,
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    That answers one of my questions. It does indeed appear that a valid key, whether retail version or OEM version will work. That indeed is good news. The iso download has appeared in numerous threads and this just confirms the validity of the download.
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    Will this iso solve my problem?
    I too tried the no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall, but when I tried to uninstall SP1, I got "An error has occurred. Not all updates were successfully uninstalled."
    Or is there another way to uninstall SP1?

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    Hi,

    My uninstall of SP1 failed, here is a screenshot http://screencast.com/t/fKWZUpZ8bp I downloaded the SP1 ISO disk and did the non destructive reinstall and everything worked perfectly.

    Hope that helps,
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    Glad you guys had success. I did not.

    I downloaded Win 7 Home Premium (which is what I am running) and burned it to a DVD. My pc does not "read" the DVD. [The pc is an hp all-in-one purchased about May 2011. It had lots of memory, etc.]

    Any suggestions?

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    Did U burn it as an ISO, that is required to make it work?

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    That's what I tried to do, using the suggested approach.

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    So did the ISO burn work? Were U able to boot from the DVD by changing the boot sequence?

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    I didn't try that. Fred Langa's procedure said to start it from within Windows.

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    You might be able to do that if you find the set-up.exe file on the disk, I burned an ISO & booted from that, just saying what I did & it ran, see if U can find set-up.exe on the DVD in your drive & run it

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    I am unable to see any files on the DVD, but I know it took minutes to burn and followed the main burn with finalization activity.

    Perhaps I should try to burn it again. I still have the X17-24209.iso file as a download on another pc that I usd to download the file.

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