Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade  


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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #1300

    anion said:
    I actually turned off my computer right after I posted that comment lol. Nothing bad happened luckily.
    Oops. Hopefully, it'll pick up where it left off and continue.
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  2. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Pro Versoin 21H2 OS Build 19044.1766
       #1301

    Brink said:
    Oops. Hopefully, it'll pick up where it left off and continue.
    I'm actually planning to delete the C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\ folder so it can do the whole thing from the beginning. And since I can't delete it even with admin permissions, I'm planning to take ownership of the folder then delete it. Is this a bad idea?
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  3. Posts : 62,316
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #1302

    anion said:
    I'm actually planning to delete the C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\ folder so it can do the whole thing from the beginning. And since I can't delete it even with admin permissions, I'm planning to take ownership of the folder then delete it. Is this a bad idea?
    You can try an option below to delete it first.

    How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 108
    Windows 10
       #1303

    It is stated that you can't do a repair install (keeping files and apps, aka everything) outside of Windows 10. You need to be in Windows 10 and use the .iso from there.

    However, if you take the boot drive from one pc and put it into another, are you able to repair install from within Windows 10 to a different drive? Or only the drive you're currently booting from?

    I'm just wondering if there is a workaround that lets you repair install if you can't get into Windows 10. There's a lot that can go wrong and a lot of them gets you stuck in a bootloop.
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  5. Posts : 18,620
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1889 (x64) [21H2]
       #1304

    yesir360 said:
    It is stated that you can't do a repair install (keeping files and apps, aka everything) outside of Windows 10. You need to be in Windows 10 and use the .iso from there.

    However, if you take the boot drive from one pc and put it into another, are you able to repair install from within Windows 10 to a different drive? Or only the drive you're currently booting from?

    I'm just wondering if there is a workaround that lets you repair install if you can't get into Windows 10. There's a lot that can go wrong and a lot of them gets you stuck in a bootloop.


    During an In-Place upgrade, there is no option to select which "drive" you do the repair install... on.
    It defaults to doing it to the drive you're booting from.
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  6. Posts : 108
    Windows 10
       #1305

    Ghot said:
    During an In-Place upgrade, there is no option to select which "drive" you do the repair install... on.
    It defaults to doing it to the drive you're booting from.
    That's unfortunate I suppose. I hope they'll at least make repair installs not from within Windows an option later, perhaps in W11
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  7. Posts : 18,620
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1889 (x64) [21H2]
       #1306

    yesir360 said:
    That's unfortunate I suppose. I hope they'll at least make repair installs not from within Windows an option later, perhaps in W11


    You can do a Startup Repair at boot time... Run Startup Repair in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 108
    Windows 10
       #1307

    Ghot said:
    You can do a Startup Repair at boot time... Run Startup Repair in Windows 10
    Well yes... if that even ever works...
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  9. Posts : 18,620
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1889 (x64) [21H2]
       #1308

    yesir360 said:
    Well yes... if that even ever works...

    You can always do a clean install. I would say, that that would be the easiest solution, at this point.

    Then, after you get it set all back to the way you want it... make a full OS image backup.
    The next time you have a no boot situation, you can just use the backup software's bootable rescue media to restore from a backup.

    Most of the regulars on here, use either Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Backupper (both free) for this.

    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition

    Free Backup Software for Windows | AOMEI Backupper Standard


    I have 37 GB on my C:\ drive. Using Macrium Reflect it takes me 2:30 (minutes), to make a backup and 2:05 (mins), to restore from a backup.

    Backup software is the modern day, "get out of jail free" card.
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  10. Posts : 16
    Win 10, build 18363.1734 (1909)
       #1309

    Ghot said:
    You can always do a clean install. I would say, that that would be the easiest solution, at this point.

    Then, after you get it set all back to the way you want it... make a full OS image backup.
    The next time you have a no boot situation, you can just use the backup software's bootable rescue media to restore from a backup.

    Most of the regulars on here, use either Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Backupper (both free) for this.

    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition

    Free Backup Software for Windows | AOMEI Backupper Standard


    I have 37 GB on my C:\ drive. Using Macrium Reflect it takes me 2:30 (minutes), to make a backup and 2:05 (mins), to restore from a backup.

    Backup software is the modern day, "get out of jail free" card.
    Ghot,

    I am getting ready to start a new thread about my issues trying to get Laplink's PCmover 11 to local (ethernet cable only) shift everything from my Lenovo (20H1) to my Dell Inspiron (finally "newer" (20H2) after a "reset" version of "clean install")--the issue that started my futile in-place upgrade adventure; but, your last comment had me wondering: could either of your backup suggestions be used in a "backup from one system, restore to another" scenario?

    Like I said, I'm probable going to have to start --full transfer (option 1)-- and/or --"home group" in Win 10 (option 2)-- threads.
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