Reinstall Windows 7

Posted on 2013-06-04
Last Modified: 2013-06-04
I have a Win 7 pc that will not boot up.  I have tried the repair option and last known good but still no luck.  I have a lot of data on the drive that I unfortunately don't have backed up.  Is there a way to reinstall the OS without losing any of the data?
Question by:NytroZ
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ID: 39219145
Please read this article. As it has many tips of how to proceed
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ID: 39219149
When you say you tried Repair, did you try the Repair Install?  This is supposed to leave data and programs intact. See the tutorial below.

Another thing you can do is start with a bootable CD, start the machine and back up the data. You can also remove the hard drive, put it in a carrier with a USB adapter and connect it to another machine. That will also allow you to back up the data. You should use one of these ways to back up the data. That will allow you to install Windows 7 fresh.

.... Thinkpads_User

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by:M Roe
ID: 39219150
do a reinstall and windows will make an old windows directory as long as you do not format the drive
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ID: 39219220
Will a reinstall write over only the windows directory?  What about the Users folder where most data is saved to such as My Doc, My Music, My Pictures?
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by:John Hurst
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I suggest you back up as I suggested in order to be certain about your data. I have done a reinstall when I did not care, and there was data I had saved that was not in windows.old

It might work for you, but I suggest backing up instead.

.... Thinkpads_User

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ID: 39219252
I agree....thank you ThinkPad!  I think I will remove the drive and attach to another pc and get data liked that.
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by:Scott C
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Your safest way to go is to slave your drive that will not boot off of another machine then simply copy your data off to a safe place.

If you don't have access to another computer you can boot with a "live" Linux distro and then copy your data from your HD to a flash drive or a portable drive if you have one.

Ubuntu works very will and is very easy to use.

Once your data is safely copied proceed with your reinstall then copy your data back.
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by:John Hurst
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@torszula - You are most welcome and I was happy to help you.

.... Thinkpads_User

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