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which installation media for "in place upgrade" to repair windows 7

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September 10, 2013 4:06:48 PM

I have a friend with Windows 7 whose OS is corrupt (SFC finds and cannot fix corrupt files, unable to upgrade from Win7 to Win7 SP1 no matter how many troubleshooters/etc used with error ERROR_SXS_COMPONENT_STORE_CORRUPT(0x80073712)). She has a recovery partition from HP, but would have to essentially wipe and reinstall to go with that option. We want to avoid that.

At this point I am thinking an "in place" upgrade would be the best option before going nuclear. So I am wondering what the least expensive Windows 7 installation media would be to be able to perform an "in place" upgrade to simply refresh her Windows 7 system files. Could we, for example, purchase the "System Builder" version of Windows to perform an in place upgrade. The system is bootable by the way; it's just unable to install Service Pack 1.
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September 10, 2013 4:22:28 PM

Jensen said:
I have a friend with Windows 7 whose OS is corrupt (SFC finds and cannot fix corrupt files, unable to upgrade from Win7 to Win7 SP1 no matter how many troubleshooters/etc used with error ERROR_SXS_COMPONENT_STORE_CORRUPT(0x80073712)). She has a recovery partition from HP, but would have to essentially wipe and reinstall to go with that option. We want to avoid that.

At this point I am thinking an "in place" upgrade would be the best option before going nuclear. So I am wondering what the least expensive Windows 7 installation media would be to be able to perform an "in place" upgrade to simply refresh her Windows 7 system files. Could we, for example, purchase the "System Builder" version of Windows to perform an in place upgrade. The system is bootable by the way; it's just unable to install Service Pack 1.


Are her personal files still accessible? If so, copy those elsewhere and nuke it.
Otherwise, you might be chasing problems for weeks.
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September 10, 2013 4:24:24 PM

I would be doing a data backup and go the nuclear route.
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September 10, 2013 4:32:39 PM

A fresh install would be the way to go, but you can always just try the upgrade first, if you go here, you can get an image of any Windows 7 version, it's completely legitimate, this is where microsoft points you to download it:

http://www.w7forums.com/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-imag...

Then just use something like astroburn to burn it to a dvd, and viola, no need to buy a disk (besides a blank maybe)
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September 10, 2013 4:48:58 PM

Whatever method you use, copy her personal files elsewhere first. Anything else is fixable. Personal files aren't.
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