Vista "Repair Install" Are Installed Programs Preserved?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by PvdG42, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. PvdG42

    PvdG42 Guest

    I've read in various articles that the Vista equivalent of an XP Repair
    Install is to boot from DVD, then select "upgrade" to install Vista over
    itself. I'm having what appear to be unsolvable problems with USB mass
    storage devices on one Vista install (tried the delete INFCACHE.1 trick),
    and I've read elsewhere that reinstalling the OS may be the only solution.
    If I do the upgrade, will all the software I've installed remain viable?
     
    PvdG42, Jun 18, 2007
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  2. PvdG42

    mikeyhsd Guest

    no guarantees as usual, remember it's windows. but most likely.







    I've read in various articles that the Vista equivalent of an XP Repair
    Install is to boot from DVD, then select "upgrade" to install Vista over
    itself. I'm having what appear to be unsolvable problems with USB mass
    storage devices on one Vista install (tried the delete INFCACHE.1 trick),
    and I've read elsewhere that reinstalling the OS may be the only solution.
    If I do the upgrade, will all the software I've installed remain viable?
     
    mikeyhsd, Jun 18, 2007
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  3. No - you boot from the DVD and run the WinRE - Windows Recovery Environment
    and use the tools there first to recover your system.
    If you need to reinstall your OS to fix a problem (very unlikely) you do a
    clean reinstall NOT an upgrade as this may not rectify your issue.
     
    Mike Brannigan, Jun 18, 2007
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  4. PvdG42

    Rock Guest

    The counterpart of a repair install in Vista is to do an upgrade of the
    existing installation. To do this you run the Vista DVD from the desktop of
    the installed Vista OS, not by booting the DVD. Booting only gives you the
    option for a custom (clean) install.

    Yes it should preserve installed programs and data, however stuff happens so
    make sure there is a backup of important data, and you have the original
    installation media for all installed apps. I strongly recommend you use
    something like Acronis True Image version 10 to image the system before
    trying any repairs.

    Also try system restore and startup repair, which is accessible by booting
    the Vista DVD, before the last resort of an upgrade.

    The upgrade process lays down a fresh image of Vista, then brings in
    drivers, installed apps and data from the old installation. Yes it can fix
    some problems as attested to by several folks who have posted they had
    success with it. I don't know if it will fix your issues.

    I know of at least one post, from some time ago, where it made matters
    worse.
     
    Rock, Jun 19, 2007
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  5. PvdG42

    PvdG42 Guest

    Thanks very much, Rock!
    I had the first step wrong.
     
    PvdG42, Jun 19, 2007
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  6. PvdG42

    Rock Guest

    You're welcome.
     
    Rock, Jun 20, 2007
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