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    Win7 No reformat nondestructive install - SP1 will not uninstall???

    My machines going downhill fast and I've reached the point where I want to do the nondestructive reinstall Fred explained. I went to Control Panel, followed his directions, locate the appropriate Service Pack, but it does NOT offer uninstall.

    Anyone know a work around?

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    Download and burn an ISO with SP1 for the Windows version that you have. You can use it with your existing key and there is no need to uninstall SP1.

    Here is the link: http://www.mydigitallife.info/offici...digital-river/

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    Just be advised the method described by Fred is not 100% effective. If it does not work the DVD you burn from the ISO file Rui pointed out can be used with your original key to reinstall from scratch if it becomes necessary. There is a chance you might need to contact MS to activate it, but otherwise it should work.

    Also, that ISO file was developed quite some time ago and will thusly need quite a few updates.
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    To all,

    I'm adding this note to several threads, because I don't feel it's been adequately discussed:

    For a successful reinstall, one needs to ensure that
    a.) All libraries (reparse points) are pointing to the original locations on the C: drive, and
    b.)The C: drive must have free space equal to the Windows partition size + 9 GB.

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    ...a little more...

    Any OS service pack that came integrated into the OS install disk will NOT uninstall.
    Likewise, if the DISM (removal of setup files) command, or any other setup files removal option is used, you will NOT be able to uninstall the service pack.
    Non destructive formats are NEVER to be fully relied on, so make certain you know how to do a proper clean install, or it's grotesque OEM equivalent.

    Slipstreaming a setup disk to include a service pack might be a decent option, depending upon your specific OEM setup, but it's a lot of upfront work.
    The ISO download from Rui's post, if you can work it into your specific setup, is probably the best option.
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