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Repair Install Windows 8

  1. #130


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello fellow Texan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, a repair install can only be done from within Windows since it's basically just an in-place upgrade install using the same edition.

    What issue were you having? Perhaps there may be another way of sorting it.

    Issue for Texan continued here: Stuck in the 'Automatic Repair' loop
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  2. #131


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    The tutorial says,
    You must have at least 8.87 GB + what is currently being used of free space on the hard drive/partition that Windows 8 is installed on.
    So this to me means If I have a 500 gig drive and 450 gigs are being used i need to have 8.87 gigs free plus 450 gigs free to do the repair install? If this is correct then only folks that have used less than half their hard drive space can ever do a repair install - is that right or am I reading this wrong?

    To me, that would keep a whole lot of people from doing the repair install. It seems to me most folks will have used at least 75 percent of the hard drive before they encounter a problem that requires a repair install.

    Brink.. do you know why Microsoft choose not to allow folks to do a repair install like we were able to do from the DVD for Windows 7?

    ( for those who don't know, Windows 7 allows you to do a repair install by doing an upgrade install of the same operating system version on top of the system you have now - all from the dvd, no need to be in windows)

    What if you cannot do a repair install because you cannot boot into windows? This sucks because the upgrade repair install for Windows 7 is what many folks used to get the Windows to function again. Why would Microsoft take away such a great repair option?
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  3. #132


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dark Rider,

    Answers inline.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    The tutorial says,
    You must have at least 8.87 GB + what is currently being used of free space on the hard drive/partition that Windows 8 is installed on.
    So this to me means If I have a 500 gig drive and 450 gigs are being used i need to have 8.87 gigs free plus 450 gigs free to do the repair install? If this is correct then only folks that have used less than half their hard drive space can ever do a repair install - is that right or am I reading this wrong?

    To me, that would keep a whole lot of people from doing the repair install. It seems to me most folks will have used at least 75 percent of the hard drive before they encounter a problem that requires a repair install.

    That is correct. It needs that much space since a repair install will save a copy of the previous installation into a Windows.old folder.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    Brink.. do you know why Microsoft choose not to allow folks to do a repair install like we were able to do from the DVD for Windows 7?

    ( for those who don't know, Windows 7 allows you to do a repair install by doing an upgrade install of the same operating system version on top of the system you have now - all from the dvd, no need to be in windows)

    That's not correct. Windows 7 can only do a repair install from within Windows as well. You can use a DVD or USB in both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

    How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    What if you cannot do a repair install because you cannot boot into windows? This sucks because the upgrade repair install for Windows 7 is what many folks used to get the Windows to function again. Why would Microsoft take away such a great repair option?

    A repair install is an in-place upgrade to the same edition currently instaleld, so it can only be done from within Windows.
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  4. #133


    Hello Shawn,

    First of all thank you for all this amazing tuttorials and big effort

    For this one I have some little correction with your permission


    1- Step 5/a, 5c and 5/d is unnecessary. Because until first restart install wizard allready copy all necessary files to a temp folder. Therefore only Mount the ISO and free to go.

    2- Step 5 last note

    If you installed 64-bit Windows with UEFI, then you can only use a 64-bit Windows ISO
    is unnecessary. Because UEFI install can only posible as 64 bit. So if you have UEFI instalation

    If you have 64-bit Windows installed, then you can only use a 64-bit Windows ISO
    definition is enough and cover all UEFI installation type.

    Greetings...
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  5. #134


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you nonpasaran,

    I've updated step 5, but I'll leave the bit about UEFI since that is not always clear for everyone with UEFI being so new still.
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  6. #135


    Thank you Shawn
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  7. #136


    Posts : 3
    win8.1


    Hi All,

    I have Win8.1 Pro installed that I want to repair and with Win8.1 Pro installation disc I follow the tutorial but after Step 6 I get the following:
    1. Setup is copying files
    2. Setup is starting
    3. Selection dialog box to choose the version of windows that I like to install (only one choice Win8.1 Pro)
    4. Selection dialog box to choose the disk where I want the Win8.1 to be installed

    If I choose the current disk I get a message saying:
    Name:  win81_repair.PNG
Views: 220
Size:  46.8 KB

    So I wonder if this is correct or if I should have some other installation disc?
    Should I get the Install Now screen?
    From experience with WinXP a special "full" installation disc was needed to make a repair (without loosing setting and installed programs).

    Btw. I downloaded different torrents of Win8.1 Pro but all give the same results!

    Please let me know what you think!

    Best Regards,
    Vladimir
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  8. #137


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Vladimir, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That is what you would normally see if you did a "custom" install instead of an "upgrade" install. You would want to do an "upgrade" install instead for a repair install.

    Did you mean after step 16 instead?

    Did you see what was at step 12?
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  9. #138


    Posts : 3
    win8.1


    But I am not being given any other options, what I wrote before are all the screens that I get.

    After step 6 (six) everything is different! I did not get to step 12.

    I do not get any of the screens that you have captured.

    Any ideas?

    Best Regards,
    Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Vladimir, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That is what you would normally see if you did a "custom" install instead of an "upgrade" install. You would want to do an "upgrade" install instead for a repair install.

    Did you mean after step 16 instead?

    Did you see what was at step 12?
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  10. #139


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Are you using an unmodified official "retail" installation disc?

    You should have at least seen step 9.
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