Repair Install For Vista

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Repair Install For Vista
Synopsis
This tutorial will show you how to repair your Vista installation and keep all of your personal user account files, settings, and programs. You will be performing a Upgrade Install from within your currently running Vista.
How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista

information   Information
This will allow you to repair your Vista installation and keep all of your personal user account files, settings, and programs. You will be performing a Upgrade Install from within your currently running Vista.

You will have to use the exact same Vista installation media type that you currently have installed.

Note   Note

  • You will not be able to do a upgrade install in Safe Mode.
  • You must have Retail Full or Upgrade Vista installation DVD to do this. Some people have had problems with a Full version letting them do a upgrade install though.
  • A OEM (retail version) Vista installation DVD that you buy at a store and does not come with the computer are usually the same as a regular retail (full or upgrade) Vista installation DVD, but have a OEM license (product key number) instead of a retail license (product key number).
  • If you have a OEM Recovery Vista installation DVD that came preinstalled with your OEM brand computer instead, then it will most likely only be a clone of the hard drive with Vista allowing you to only do a clean install with it instead. These OEM computers often have a Recovery D:\ partition that does the same thing as the OEM Recovery Vista installation DVD.
  • If you have a Anytime Upgrade Vista installation DVD, then you will not be able to do this.
  • The Vista installation DVD that you use to do the repair (upgrade) install must be the same or newer version of Vista with the Windows Updates and SP level than what you currently have installed. If the DVD is a older version, then you cannot do a repair (upgrade) install with it.
  • IF YOU HAVE THE VISTA SP1 INSTALLED:
    • This will not work if you have SP1 installed unless your Vista installation DVD includes the SP1, or you create a Vista SP1 slipstream installation DVD (See below). When the SP1 is installed, it will give Vista a newer version number than what is on the original Vista installation DVD.
    • You can only do a Upgrade install if the currently installed Vista is the same or older version than what is on the Vista installation DVD.
    • To create a Vista SP1 slipstream installation DVD to use to do a Repair (upgrade) install, see: How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD. Note that this does not always work to use for a Repair install.
    • Another option is to uninstall the Vista SP1, then run the Repair install and install the SP1 again afterwards. To uninstall the SP1, see: Microsoft Help and Support: How to uninstall Windows Vista SP1 as a troubleshooting step
  • IF YOU HAVE THE VISTA SP2 INSTALLED:
    • This will not work if you have SP1 and SP2 installed unless your Vista installation DVD includes SP2.
    • To create a Vista SP2 slipstream installation DVD to use to do a Repair (upgrade) install, see: How to Slipstream Vista SP2. Note that this does not always work to use for a Repair install.
  • Be sure to backup any important data you have, just in case something goes wrong during installation. You may need to reinstall some of your drivers. You do not want to do this if you are dual booting with XP and Vista was not installed as the primary boot drive. It can cause XP to not startup anymore.
Tip   Tip
If you are have installation error problems, then see:
warning   Warning
If you changed the default location of the Program Files or Programs Files (x86) folder, then you will need to change it back to the C: drive, and change any shortcuts that pointed to the other location to also point to the C: drive before doing a repair install.

ITEMS THAT WILL BE RESET TO DEFAULT:





Here's How:


Note   Note

  • If Vista is still not working properly afterwards, then a Clean Install would be recommended.
  • You may need to reinstall some of your drivers after the Repair (upgrade) install.
  • You will not be able to do a upgrade install in Safe Mode.

1. While logged in Vista as an administrator, insert the Vista installation DVD into the DVD drive, or connect a Vista installation USB thumb/key drive.

WARNING: Do not boot the computer and run the Vista installation DVD from boot. A upgrade install will not work this way.

Note   Note
If you do not have a Vista with SP1 installation DVD/USB, then you can download an official Vista with SP1 ISO file here: Microsoft: Vista Direct Download Links, and use Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO to do the repair install.



2. Click on Install Now to start the upgrade. (See screenshot below)

NOTE: If AutoPlay does not load the Vista setup screen, then open your DVD drive in Computer and click on the Setup file.
Install_now.jpg
3. If you want Vista to check for updates during the installation, then click on that to select it. (See screenshot below)

NOTE: It will install faster if you select Do not get the latest updates for installation. You can install them later through Windows Update.
Updates.jpg
4. Do not type in a product key. (See screenshot below)

WARNING: If you do type in the same activated product key that you already have installed, then you can end up in Reduced Functionality Mode.



5. Leave the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box unchecked.



6. Click on Next.
Product_Key.jpg
7. Click on the No button for the Do you want to enter your product key now? prompt. (See screenshot below)
Product_Key_Confirmation.jpg
8. Select which edition of Vista you have. (See screenshot below)



9. Check the I have selected the edition of Windows that I purchased box and click on Next. (See screenshot below)
Windows_Version.jpg
10. Click on the Upgrade option. (See screenshot below)
Upgrade.jpg
11. Follow any instructions left until Vista is through installing and has rebooted to the final welcome screen on the Vista desktop.



12. Remove the Vista installation DVD.



13. Check to see if any files are missing. If so look in the bolded files shown in step 14 below to see if they are in there. You can then just copy them back.



14. Run Disk Cleanup.
A) If listed, check Files discarded by Windows upgrade. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: These will be the leftover upgrade files, C:\Windows.old, C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\$WINDOWS.~Q, that did not get copied over. If any personal username files are missing, it would be in these folders.​
B) Click on OK to delete it.​
Disk_Cleanup.jpg

15. Now all you need to do is to activate Vista.
A) Right click on Computer (Start Menu) and click on Properties, or open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the System icon.​
B) Scroll down a bit and click on: Activate Windows Now. (See screenshot below)​
Activate.jpg

That's it,
Shawn


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trembuzz

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I have a Vista x64 SP2 installation ISO file. CAN I mount it on a virtual drive and perform a repair install?
Thank you,
trembuzz
 
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Brink

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Hello Trembuzz,

Yes, you can do that as well. :)
 

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trembuzz

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The iso I have didn't have a repair option and it started clean installing before it could be stopped. I've reverted back to my original Vista OS but can't get a clean sfc /scannow so I want a Vista x64 SP2 disk (iso) that I can repair it with.
Any chance of that?
Thank you,
trembuzz
 

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Ex_Brit

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Did you follow the Information and Notes carefully at the very beginning of the Tutorial? Odd that an Upgrade Install wasn't offered if you did, (that's what it actually is).
Now I can send you a link to my Cloud stored ISO but I would need your email address to email it to as private messaging doesn't work for new members.
You can come back and edit the email out afterwards.
 

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trembuzz

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I tried to follow the instructions but that option didn't come up. This is where I got it from but probably isn't a good one.
 
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Ex_Brit

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Sent, good luck....I think that one youy edited out of your post is either Vista Gold (no SP) or at best Vista w/SP1 as MSFT never publicly gave download links for the OS including SP2 except to MVP's, Technet and the like. No wonder it didn't work.
 
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trembuzz

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You Da Man!
Thank you very much,
trembuzz
 

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Ex_Brit

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No problem. Hope it helps ;-)
 

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trembuzz

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This tutorial is 8 years old. Are there any updates for it or does all still apply?
thank you,
trembuzz
 
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Ex_Brit

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You did post a link. It's done using the Globe symbol (meaning world-wide-web) as in this picture (click to enlarge)
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Why are you posting those links again? You edited them out of your earlier one and I already told you those are for older versions of Vista probably with at the most, SP1 included.
I'll let Brink post an answer to the rest of your question as it's his Tutorial.
 

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trembuzz

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Sorry for the confusion. I didn't remember editing anything from my post and just wasn't sure you had checked out the download (for curiosity's sake only).

trembuzz
 

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No big deal ;-)
 

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    Onboard Soundmax® High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
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    Samsung XL2370 HD LED backlit 23" W/S 2ms response time
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trembuzz

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Sent, good luck....I think that one youy edited out of your post is either Vista Gold (no SP) or at best Vista w/SP1 as MSFT never publicly gave download links for the OS including SP2 except to MVP's, Technet and the like. No wonder it didn't work.

Ran into a bit of a glitch as I was trying to repair a cloned SSD installation but the repair install can't see the SSD (nor the OS). I had put all my drivers on a USB stick but the repair wants installation media and doesn't see the drivers.
I guess I have only two choices here.
1: Re-install original drive, run the repair install on it and re-clone the SSD.
2: Fresh install on the SSD.

If I have to fresh install is it possible to use my original OEM product ID with your ISO disk?
Thank you,
trembuzz
 
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It should work as long as it's the same machine.
 

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    Samsung XL2370 HD LED backlit 23" W/S 2ms response time
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My Computer

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    AMD Phenom 9550 Quad Core Processor 2.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON VIOLA 2.03
    Memory
    5 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI RADEON HD6570
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SHARP HDMI 42" Aquos
    Screen Resolution
    1080 p
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 737.96 GB (Cloned Sandisk SSD Plus 240 GB)
    D: (NTFS on drive 0) 12.19 GB
    E: (NTFS on drive 1) 1 TB
    F: (NTFS on drive 2) 3 TB
    G: (NTFS on drive 3) 1 TB
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Ex_Brit

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No I meant that an OEM license is for the machine it was allocated to only and can't be used anywhere else. So I assume that's the original motherboard etc.
 

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    24GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 6 x 4096MB
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    1792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295 Dual Core
    Sound Card
    Onboard Soundmax® High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung XL2370 HD LED backlit 23" W/S 2ms response time
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500gb SATA II
    1 x 1TB SATA II
    1 external eSATA LaCie 3TB
    (Non-RAID)
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    Alienware® 1200 Watt Multi-GPU
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    4 case fans @ CPU water cooling.
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    1gb/s up and down

trembuzz

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No I meant that an OEM license is for the machine it was allocated to only and can't be used anywhere else. So I assume that's the original motherboard etc.

Hey,
thanks again for the quick response. I was referring to the fresh install as opposed to the clone repair install.
would you know why the repair install doesn't see the cloned disk?
My machine is original except for a GPU upgrade.

Thanks,
trembuzz
 

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    5 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI RADEON HD6570
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SHARP HDMI 42" Aquos
    Screen Resolution
    1080 p
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 737.96 GB (Cloned Sandisk SSD Plus 240 GB)
    D: (NTFS on drive 0) 12.19 GB
    E: (NTFS on drive 1) 1 TB
    F: (NTFS on drive 2) 3 TB
    G: (NTFS on drive 3) 1 TB
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Ex_Brit

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No idea. Does it appear in Disk Management under Admin tools?
 

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    Asus® P6T Deluxe V2 X58 LGA1366
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    1792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295 Dual Core
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    Onboard Soundmax® High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
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    Samsung XL2370 HD LED backlit 23" W/S 2ms response time
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    1920 x 1080
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    2 x 500gb SATA II
    1 x 1TB SATA II
    1 external eSATA LaCie 3TB
    (Non-RAID)
    PSU
    Alienware® 1200 Watt Multi-GPU
    Case
    Unique
    Cooling
    4 case fans @ CPU water cooling.
    Internet Speed
    1gb/s up and down

trembuzz

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/m8530f
    CPU
    AMD Phenom 9550 Quad Core Processor 2.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON VIOLA 2.03
    Memory
    5 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI RADEON HD6570
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SHARP HDMI 42" Aquos
    Screen Resolution
    1080 p
    Hard Drives
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) * 737.96 GB (Cloned Sandisk SSD Plus 240 GB)
    D: (NTFS on drive 0) 12.19 GB
    E: (NTFS on drive 1) 1 TB
    F: (NTFS on drive 2) 3 TB
    G: (NTFS on drive 3) 1 TB
    Case
    Desktop

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Very odd. No idea why though. Hopefully someone else may know the answer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro x64 x 2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware ALX x58
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-975 Extreme O/C to 4.02 GHz, 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    Asus® P6T Deluxe V2 X58 LGA1366
    Memory
    24GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 6 x 4096MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    1792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295 Dual Core
    Sound Card
    Onboard Soundmax® High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung XL2370 HD LED backlit 23" W/S 2ms response time
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500gb SATA II
    1 x 1TB SATA II
    1 external eSATA LaCie 3TB
    (Non-RAID)
    PSU
    Alienware® 1200 Watt Multi-GPU
    Case
    Unique
    Cooling
    4 case fans @ CPU water cooling.
    Internet Speed
    1gb/s up and down
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