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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.
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:
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