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    Multiple Questions re: Win7's no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

    I have Lenovo T61 laptop which has its own Recovery Disks (8 in total). The Recovery Disks are Windows XP. I do have the Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit software. I can download a Win 7 Service Pack 1 version via Microsoft.com. I do not know which file version to select.

    Fred Langa's article also mentions i need a standard Win 7 installation DVD .

    I do not know what to do next or where to begin for the reinstall.

    I appreciate assistance and any advice to avoid problems.

    Thanks much.

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    You should download the version of the iso file that is the same as the Win 7 version key you own. You are not actually reinstalling but Custome installing Win 7 over XP. There is a well documented method to Custom install Win 7 with the upgrade media. This will replace your XP installation with a Win 7 installation.

    Fred's method as discussed is to reinstall Win 7 over Win 7 when something gets messed up with Win 7. It is not used to install Win 7 over XP. For this simply insert the DVD, and boot from the disk and install Win 7.
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    StephenwjC,

    Just to be clear - you want to reinstall a Windows 7 OS that you currently have, while having only the original XP disks. Is this it?

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    yes i want to reinstall Win 7 OS while only having the original XP Disks (Lenovo calls it Recovery Disks).

    i am trying to get ready and be informed before i use Fred's method.

    Thanks Ted and ruirib for responding.

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    If you can get the iso from Microsoft, you need to to get the file that matches the Windows 7 version that you have currently installed. You can find that in Control Panel->System and Security -> System.

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    what i have done so far was:

    1) back up using a drive image program and saving it
    2) install Win7 Sp1 disk
    3) install the updates

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    i stopped here. i became confused. Lenovo send me three discs- a) Recovery Disc b) Operating System Recovery Disc c) Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc for the laptop.

    I was unsure what to do next- it was stated the recovery discs will delete all data from all partitions and re-install to the original factory contents. To me, that is a "no-no".

    So what do i do next? i still would like to my system files"rebuilt", "repaired" and "ready to go".

    Thanks.

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    The disk in 2 is what? A disc containing only the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7?
    If so, I admitted that you were saying that you could get a full Windows 7 installation disk - a Windows 7 setup disk already updated with the files changed in SP1. Can't you get this disc? If you can't, you can find it here. Download it, burn to a DVD and then execute if from Windows to perform the reinstall.

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    a tech friend of mine came over solved (i hope) this concern.

    i am now making a disc image backup.

    i have the Win7 SP1 Install Disc. i will install it. Once the installation is done, i will go to windows 7 updates and download and install the new necessary files. This should be end and everything should work nicely.

    my thanks to ted, ruirib and fred taking the time to help me.

    i will let you all know the final results. this should do it.

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    You're welcome. Hope all goes well.

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    it did not work. i started with setup using the Win 7 SP1 install now disc.

    it copied win files 100$
    it gathered files, setttings and program 100%
    it expanded win files and at 25% the program stopped and then the INSTALL NOW screen appeared with the win 7 sp1 window shown. i tried it twice.

    any advice? thanks

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    i am starting to wonder if i have the correct version of win 7 sp 1. the link ruirib presented gave several options. i have a lenovo laptop 32 Bit with home premium os.

    there are two choices: I chose #1
    1) Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO
    English x86: X17-58996.iso

    2) Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC (KB976932 Official Links)

    OR is there a 3rd and better choice?

    thanks everyone
    OR

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    The choice is clearly the #1 one.
    I am not sure about what happened. Did you follow directions similar to the ones given by Fred Langa here: http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/...ive-reinstall/?

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    yesterday i tried to install win 7 sp1 upgrade. my friend gave me the disc. it stopped installing 1/2 way (45 minutes). thinking it was the fault of the dvd disc. so i downloaded the Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO English x86: X17-58996.iso; burned it; installed it and at the same exact spot (and 45 minutes later) it reverted back to the original screen- Windows 7 install. so it is not the fault of the disc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    The choice is clearly the #1 one.
    I am not sure about what happened. Did you follow directions similar to the ones given by Fred Langa here: http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/...ive-reinstall/?
    i followed Fred Langa article. now, i am going to walk through this and maybe i am overlooking something.

    Background: Lenovo T61 laptop 32 bit, was originally XP version. about 12 months later i upgraded to win 7 home premium. about 6 months later i upgraded to win 7 home premium sp1. so now i am running win7 sp1 version.

    my current actions:

    i did a disc imaging backup.

    then i did a in-place re-installation by running setup as indicated in the picture (using win7, sp1 install disc)

    i clicked install and the setup started copying temporary files.

    i then i allowed online access to get important install-related updates.

    after that,i went and chose to do an upgrade installation and did it.

    after 45 minutes (at the Expanding Windows files section) at the 21-22% level, the installation unexpectedly switched back to the installation setup page. i tried it again and same results.

    now i am going to re-boot from scratch and try again.

    did i do something wrong? do you have any suggestions??? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenwjC View Post
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    i then i allowed online access to get important install-related updates.
    Hi Stephen,
    Just a Thought ... If you go on line and install the "updates" wait a bit and "check for updates" again ...repeat this until there are no more Patches \ Updates are offered... Many times a Windows install won't work (choke) unless all previous "P/U's (pun intended) are applied.One more thing did you get any error messages? Regards Fred
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