how do you do a repair of windows 7 home without reinstalling all the apps, etc.

Posted on 2014-08-12
Last Modified: 2014-08-12
working on a win 7 machine (inspiron one) an all in one PC / monitor.  lots of quirks.  I suppose a clean reinstall is the answer, but is there an easier way?  Can I run a repair / repair install so I don't have to reinstall all the apps / reconfigure things?

some of the issues:

IE doesn't allow you to download things - ie crashes at 99% of download.  we solved that by installing chrome, but not the real way to fix it.

hkCR\CLSID has NO keys under it!  But it IS working overall

errors about VSS not getting access to the root of one of the drives.
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    With no CLSIDs, you are going to be in installing apps. That's just the reality.
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    BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp --
    " Can I run a repair / repair install so I don't have to reinstall all the apps / reconfigure things?"
    Based on what you report you have nothing to lose by doing a Repair Install.  As long as you can get to Windows it should run.
    It should not affect personal data and usually preserves installed programs.  Back up personal data first.

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