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    Upgrading a dead win 7

    Hi all,

    Is the a way to upgrade with a dead windows?
    I can't boot into my windows and i've been using it for 2 years now with so many programs and settings done just the way i like them that i would like to try anything before i re-format my C:

    The following options don't seem to work: safe mode, startup repair...

    I have read mr. Langa's article:

    http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/...-reinstall/And

    i was hoping to find a way to do it to my dead win 7 before i attempt a re-format.
    Any thoughts on that would be helpful
    Thanx
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    ??What happens when you try to start Windows??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zig View Post
    ??What happens when you try to start Windows??Zig
    What happens is pretty much the same thing that happens here:http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...r-endless-loop

    i will try to look into getting a new laptop soon. But i need to get my stuff out of the current windows.

    Since my post i have tried using an old copy of ubuntu i found to boot onto a live distro to tap into my disk and even that is not happening.

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    Connect the drive to another computer as a secondary drive and then copy the data off.
    Unfortunately there is no way to do a non destruct repair upgrade install on a computer that will not bootup to the desktop.

    I recommend drive imaging with a tried and true means of revovery & hard physical backups of all your programs for future reference.
    A trusted third party tool with a bootable rescue disk for occasions like these will save your bacon everytime.

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    I was going to recommend Imaging, but in this case I will second what Clint wrote. The best method for backup is Imaging, IMO.
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    The fact that you cannot access the disk with Ubuntu may be indicative of serious problems with your disk. Not sure if it would be possible for you to get a bootable disk from Macrium or EaseUS and see if you could image your existing disk, either by booting directly from the boot disk or by removing it and attaching it to another computer. If you could do it, then other options could be usable, if not, I fear you will have to restart from scratch.

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