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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:32 PM

 
 
How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation
Windows 7 may be Microsoft's best desktop OS to date, but it's not immune to problems and corruption. We show you how to repair a misbehaving Windows 7 installation using the In-Place Upgrade option.

By Marco Chiapetta, PCWorld Nov 5, 2011 2:00 am

Every operating system needs an occasional repair job, and Windows 7 is no exception. Whether the source of the problem is corrupt data, a particularly brutal piece of malware, or some other serious issue, you'll occasionally have to reinstall your copy of Windows.

Wiping your hard drive and performing a fresh installation can be a huge headache; but fortunately there's a way to repair a corrupt Windows 7 installation while keeping all your programs, personal data, and user accounts intact. With Windows 7 you can perform an in-place upgrade installation to repair a flaky existing install. Though technically designed to upgrade older Windows operating systems like Vista, the in-place upgrade installation option can also be used to repair an existing installation of Windows 7.

Note that you must perform the in-place upgrade process from within Windows; if your PC can't fully boot to the Windows desktop, this repair guide is not for you. A few other limitations come up later in the article, so be sure to read the entire guide thoroughly before attempting to repair your corrupt copy of Windows 7. Performing a repair installation should be your last resort, and you should consider it only if you have already removed spyware from your PC, reinstalled your drivers, and unsuccessfully tried to restore from an earlier (working) version of Windows 7 using System Restore.

More of that how-to at:
http://www.pcworld.c...n.html#tk.hp_fv