How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2

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If you have already performed the emergency repair process and the computer still does not operate normally, you may want to do a repair/in-place upgrade of the existing installation.

 

For a Microsoft Windows 2003 version of this article, see 816579.

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An in-place upgrade is the final alternative before you have to reinstall the operating system.
Note that it takes the same amount of time to do the upgrade as to reinstall the operating system. Also, some of your customized Windows settings may be lost through this process.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Performing a repair installation will restore the current Windows installation to the version of the installation DVD. This also requires the installation of all updates that are not included on the installation DVD.

Note Performing a repair installation will not damage files and applications that are currently installed on your computer.

To perform a repair installation of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, follow these steps:  

  1. Close all the running  applications.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD in the computer's DVD drive.
  3. In the Setup window, click Install Now.

    Note If Windows does not automatically detect the DVD, follow these steps: 
       
    1. Click Start, and then type Drive:\setup.exe in the Start Search box.

      Note The  Drive placeholder is the drive letter of the computer's DVD drive.
    2. In the Programs list, click Setup.exe
    3. In the Setup window, click Install Now.
  4. Click Go online to obtain the latest updates for installation (recommended).
  5. Type the CD key if you are prompted to do this.
  6. Select the operating system in "Install Windows" page you want to Upgrade or Inplace.
  7. Click Yes to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
  8. On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, click Upgrade.
  9. When the installation is complete, restart your computer.
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

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Article ID: 2255099 - Last Review: February 21, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
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  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
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