Repair Install For Vista

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Repair Install For Vista
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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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Brink

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mvp
Hi Paul,

Yes he did. He needed to do that to make the DVD a newer version of Vista than what was currently installed. :(
 

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samarthrox

New Member
Samarth - Do I understand that you first uninstalled SP1 and then used your slipstream DVD (with SP1 incorporated) to start the repair install with the upgrade option?
Thanks - PaulTree

Yes that's what I did. The sp1 uninstall went smooth. It only took about 30min to do the full install. Just incase your uninstall fails and you pc becomes unbootable then you can use the oem vista dvd to boot and use the repair option to trigger system restore. After removing sp1 the upgrade option was available. The upgrade process was very very slow initially proabably cuz vista and other services were running as well but then after the first stage restart it picks up speed.

@Brink: Thanks a lot everything went smooth with the upgrade and my problems are solved. All previous programs are working except the ones with drivers such as virtual clone drive, hamachi, virtual audio cable etc. I just finished reinstalling all drivers and applications that use drivers and I'm back on track.
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
That's good to hear Samarthrox. Thank you for posting back your results. :)

Shawn
 

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    512 GB M.2 SSD

Mr GRiM

Vista Supporter
Vista Guru
Thought I would let you know that this applies to Windows 7 as well, I just tried it to see if I could get those disabled services back up and it all went smoothly and is now fully functional again, all programs and settings remained untouched aside for a registry tweak for the sidebar to work with UAC off.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Thank you Mr GRiM. A tut will be made for it today. :)
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    512 GB M.2 SSD

Mr GRiM

Vista Supporter
Vista Guru
Your welcome Shawn, thanks for the tutorial. ;)
 

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Brink

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
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    512 GB M.2 SSD

mpt087

New Member
Hi.

Recently my laptop stopped booting vista--it just sits at the screen with the loading bar--so I tried to do a repair install off the vista DVD, but it as far as the first splash screen with the cursor on the screen and never moves past this point. I've heard that it takes awhile for vista to load from DVD but after 45 minutes I get the feeling nothings happening.
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Mpt087, and welcome to Vista Forums.

It seems that you may need to restore Vista back to factory defaults (clean reinstall) using your recovery partition or CD instead. You will usually have to press a key at boot to do this recovery. It should be displayed briefly during bootup for what key you will need to press.

Sorry. :(

Shawn
 

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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Mpt087,

If I had to guess, I would say some form of corruption or even possibly the early stages of drive failure. Only a guess though.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

PaulTree

New Member
After this encouraging info I gave the Repair Install a try after uninstalling SP1. However, after successfully navigating the compatibility check, I got the failure message: Upgrade was canceled (and no changes were saved). "Windows cannot copy files required for installation. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation." Error code 0x80070001

So, it looks as if I'll have to resort to the clean install. Oh, well. It was worth the try....
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Sorry to hear that Paul. I hope the clean install goes smoothly for you.

Shawn
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

ingeborgdot

Pain In The Butt
Power User
I have a question for anyone that can help me on this. In step 13 or 14 where it says that if some of your files went missing go to the cleanup and find them. You can copy them. Can anyone tell me how to do that? Thanks.
 

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    Abit IP35Pro
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    HT Omega Claro
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    Sansung SyncMaster 2493HM
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    1 - external 2TB NDAS server
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dinesh

Vista Expert
Vista Guru
Do we lose all our data stored in My Pictures, My Documents and My Music after performing a repair install?
 

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    15"
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ingeborgdot

Pain In The Butt
Power User
You should not. But you know what, anything can happen. I would say not. 99.9%sure. We are talking a repair, right?
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
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    Q6600
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    Abit IP35Pro
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    4GB Crucial Ballistix
    Graphics Card(s)
    VisionTek Radeon HD4850
    Sound Card
    HT Omega Claro
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sansung SyncMaster 2493HM
    Screen Resolution
    1900x1200
    Hard Drives
    2 - internal seagate 500GB
    1 - external 2TB NDAS server
    PSU
    P&C quad 750 watt
    Case
    Antec P182
    Internet Speed
    6016kbps

dinesh

Vista Expert
Vista Guru
You should not. But you know what, anything can happen. I would say not. 99.9%sure. We are talking a repair, right?
Yes we are talking about repair install.
i m glad to hear that we do not lose any data.
 

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itwasntme187

New Member
Hi there,

I have come to a problem with my computer where it will not boot up anymore...
I have tried the Vista startup repair tool several times which does not work and comes up with the error "The partition table does not have a valid System Partition"

Now i have searched the internet and found numerous fixes but non work. I am now considering a repair install but as i have SP1 installed i am in the process of creating a new vista with SP1 slipstream DVD.

Now i could do this and it could all just fail so i am thinking of just doing a clean install but i have no idea what the product key is for my 32bit Vista ultimate is. i know with the repair install i do not need the key but in a clean install will i need it. is there anyway of getting the key from the machine without it booting up? or performing the clean install without entering the key?
I am not bothered about loosing files as all my documents are stored on a 2nd hard drive on my pc so it will not be affected.

Your quick reply is appriciated.

Thanks
Ash
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Ash,

If you have a OEM computer, then the product key number should be on a sticker on the bottom for a laptop, and on the back of the tower for a desktop.

If you have a retail Vista, then the product key number should be on a sticker included in your package, if you still have it.


If you do not have the above, then see if doing METHOD TWO in the link below may help. When you get to step 5 type active instead, and skip step 8. Afterwards see if it can start into Vista again for you.

Partition or Volume - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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itwasntme187

New Member
Hi Shawn,

I'm not sure if i will make much sense here but the pc that is not booting has been working for over a year now, and does not need activating, it just simply is not booting up today.
I have not yet installed a clean version of vista but am thinking of doing so.

I do not have the product key at all as i built the PC myself, and used a product key and have now lost it.

will the steps above help fix the issue i have or will that help in the event i reinstall vista?
 

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