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    Windows 7 Pro "Dirty Install" instructions needed.

    Windows 7 Pro "Dirty Install" instructions needed.
    Is there a link here or elsewhere for a Windows 7 Professional [I own the MS blue 64 & 32-bit set] "dirty install?"
    Reason for asking: Both of my OS image files are corrupt; Since I cannot do a full-image restore with either image -- an error eventually crops up & everything comes to a screetching halt -- even after doing Folder by Folder by Folder restoration, using both images"
    computer posts, but never boots into Windows Safe or UnSafe modes. Can boot USB sticks or CD-DVDs all day long
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    I assume you mean the non destructive reinstall. It can't be done if you are unable to boot into Windows. You have to do a Clean install when booting from the Windows 7 install disks. If you do a reinstall to the same Windows directory, it should create a Windows.old directory with your old data and Windows files.

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    Have you tried using F8 during boot and then System Restore?

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    When you boot up with either install USB or DVD can you get into the RE to select Command Prompt as it's possible your HDD is failing and running a chkdsk would be an idea.

    During the navigation to the RE, does it find the location of the OS ?

    You can confirm the OS partition letter with this command bcdedit |find "osdevice" and then enter (assuming C) chkdsk c: which though in read-only mode, should report any KBs in bad sectors.

    Data can be lost when running a chkdsk c: /r but could get you back in normally to back up your personal stuff if bad sectors were found.

    Enter the command exit to close the command window.
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    Thanks all! Believe it -- I was able to do a "dirty install" onto my Laptop S03. First using Acronis Disk Director 12 to make sure all other partitions were logical, and only C-partition was Primary and Active.
    After making a mistake with USB-booted MiniTool Power Data Recovery/Partition Manager and using same to get back all four partition, I continued onward with Acronis Disk Director 12. Finally, using Acronis Tue Image, after restoring my desktop OS image onto S03 laptop, then restoring via Folder/File checkboxes the original S03-OS imsage onto said S03 laptop. First few boots were 800x600, moved up to whatever top end resolution; am now in the process of removing software meant for only the desktop. If anyone's interested: Before the above, I tried restoring S03 Folders & Files only, after many many noBoots, gave up and went with the above plan.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    Glad you were able to get that sorted, Roland.

    When you can't boot normally and can't get into Safe Mode, it can be a symptom of a failing/failed HDD - hence my suggestion.

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