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Repair Install Windows 8

  1. #270


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It would be best to go ahead and create a new thread to get help with your issue instead since it's not related to this tutorial.

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  2. #271


    Tucson
    Posts : 21
    windows 8.1Update build 9600

    Setup for the repair questions


    I am about to do a repair on my wife's XPS 8700, Win8.1, 64 bit. I will use a current Win8.1/64 ISO on a second internal HD. I think I have a set of recovery tools prepared. I plan on disabling Norton until this is complete. I have two kinds of questions, all having to do with the process that takes place at the beginning. Do I need to do anything with TWEAKUAC? How about START8? How about the norrmal Autostart of apps? Do I need to do anything with Secure Boot, [I don't think so, currently ON]? Since I'm repairing a Dell installed Win8.1, I don't think I need to do anything about the license [I have it, but don't think I'll need it}. I have to admit I'm nervous about this, especially since it is my wife's personal machine. I could be in real trouble....
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  3. #272


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello desertdad,

    I'd go ahead and temporarily disable secure boot in addition to Norton before starting to help make sure it won't interrupt the repair install, and can enable it again afterwards.
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  4. #273


    Tucson
    Posts : 21
    windows 8.1Update build 9600

    ESD or ISO


    Assumptions are a killer...The ISO I will be using is really an .ISO file instead of the MCT downloaded ESD file. That file has a Sources\install.esd. After decrypting the ESD file I ended up with a real .ISO filetype containing a Sources\Install.iso. Whenever people talk about downloading the "ISO file", I just wanted to make sure my using the decrypted ISO file would be ok. I'll go ahead and disable secure boot, leave the machine in UEFI boot mode and leave Fast Start disabled.
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  5. #274


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Please let us know how it went.
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  6. #275


    Tucson
    Posts : 21
    windows 8.1Update build 9600

    I might be in trouble


    Doing the repair on another machine...Secure boot, Norton, firewall disabled... picked up some updates...didn't ask for license as expected...accepted the terms...keeping everything...successful started into checking for compatibility [Making sure you're ready to install, Please Wait spinning]...taking a very long time, infrequent small blips of disk activity, I would have expected this to go pretty quickly. Is this behavior to be expected? Just the compatibility check has been going for over an hour. Can I kill this anytime until I actually start the install? If this doesn't fly, I'm probably into a refresh.
    Any ideas? The thing that has me the most worried is the miniscule amount of disk activity.

    Update: I backed out of this at 2 1/2 hours of checking for compatibility. I really hate to start with the as-delivered state. What a PIA. I need to step back a bit. I turned secure boot back on and restarted Norton/firewall. Her system is back up and running crippled but usable.
    Last edited by desertdad; 07 Mar 2016 at 19:49.
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  7. #276


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    A repair install can take a long time depending on bad of shape the OS is in. Otherwise, you could do a clean install that would be faster and give you the best results, but you would lose anything that is not backed up first.
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  8. #277


    Posts : 41
    Win7x64 Ult + Win 8.1 Pro


    To run this on my Win 8.1, do I need to/ would it be better to SlipStream the Installed KBs/ Updates on my OS? (I ca see them) into Win 8.1 media?
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  9. #278


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello xbliss,

    Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to use slipstream installation media to do a repair install with.

    As long as the installation media is for the same version and language as you have installed, you would be able to use it for a repair install though.
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  10. #279


    Posts : 41
    Win7x64 Ult + Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello xbliss,

    Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to use slipstream installation media to do a repair install with.

    As long as the installation media is for the same version and language as you have installed, you would be able to use it for a repair install though.
    Ok. I can use original media, but that would over write newer SPs/ KBs right? Or those will remain? Wont those newer items block the Older Media update/ install?
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