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    Question Win7′s no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

    When I try this reinstall, I don't get the options to update or choose to upgrade or do a custom install. The disk goes to "Copying Windows Files" to begin the install. Help!

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    Your previous installation had to have been bootable.
    The non destruct reinstall has to be done while the operating system is up and running.
    put the disc in your CD/DVD drive then follow these instructions.

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    I followed the instructions to the letter. The previous installation was bootable and I ran the reinstall while in that Windows installation. Any possibility that my dual boot can cause a problem?

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    Just tried the nondestructive reinstall on a Toshiba laptop and didn't get very far. 1st time I got as far as telling the install to go on line and use the latest updates but received this error message: "Windows could not update the installation files. To install Windows close Setup and restart installation. Error Code: 0x0". I tried it the same way again and receive the same error message again. 2nd time I told it "Do not get the latest updates for installation." and then I received this error message: "Compatability Report (Saved to Desktop) To upgrade from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7, use Windows Anytime Upgrade. Cancel the upgrade, open the Start Menu, and search for Windows anytime Upgrade.". There was no "Compatability Report" on the desktop. Now What Do I Do???

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    Were you using the a DVD for the same Windows version you have installed?

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    This procedure is not 100% effective. It works most of the time.

    One thing that can mix things up. Is the DVD non-SP1 and the install is SP1? If so you either have to download the Win 7 ISO which includes SP1 or uninstall SP1 prior to the reinstallation using this method.
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    Along with what Ted said...
    The Windows 7 DVD, either the genuine disk itself, or one made via the OS, may also not work if it is pre SP1 and you have since updated to SP1.
    Dual booting with another OS may also be a factor.
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