Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade  


  1. Posts : 18,620
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1889 (x64) [21H2]
       #1310

    erandalln said:
    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.


    I don't know how well backup/restore will work going from one laptop to another.
    Probably doable on similar desktops, but laptops will be much harder.
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  2. Posts : 151
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1586]
       #1311

    Many thanks Brink for this and other helpful tutorials need on the way.

    Success ! With a lot of help. Recommending to friends and family,
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  3. Posts : 62,315
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #1312

    PostmanPuzzled said:
    Many thanks Brink for this and other helpful tutorials need on the way.

    Success ! With a lot of help. Recommending to friends and family,
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  4. Posts : 151
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1586]
       #1313

    Repair install


    re Step 19

    Can I use Disk Cleanup to remove Windows Upgrade log files and Temporary Files without losing Windows old ?
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  5. Posts : 56,183
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #1314

    PostmanPuzzled said:
    re Step 19

    Can I use Disk Cleanup to remove Windows Upgrade log files and Temporary Files without losing Windows old ?
    I haven't used Disk Cleanup by itself for some time, but I believe the entry for Windows.old says Previous Windows Installations. If it is listed separately from all other choices, just uncheck it, and it will not be purged.

    Upgrade Log files is, so I believe it will be seperate.

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  6. Posts : 16,396
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #1315

    Hello @PostmanPuzzled,

    PostmanPuzzled said:
    Re Step 19

    Can I use Disk Cleanup to remove Windows Upgrade log files and Temporary Files without losing Windows old ?

    This might be help, just UNCHECK it . . .

    > OPTION ONE - Delete "Windows.old" and "$Windows.~BT" Folders in Disk Cleanup

    I hope this helps.
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  7. Posts : 95
    Win10 Pro, Version 21H2 (Build 19044.1706) (14.06.2022)
       #1316

    This is the first tutorial including the facts, what I lose and what I have to redo:
    • System Protection will be reset to the default of being turned off. It is recommended to turn on system protection after the repair install has finished to have restore points.
    • You will lose any custom fonts.
    • You will lose any customized system icons.
    • You may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection.
    • You will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install.
    • Windows.old will be created.
    • You will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that.
    Thank you very much for this!
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  8. Posts : 74
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #1317

    Is the procedure for doing an in-place Win 10 non-destructive repair still valid?
    I am on 21h1 of win 10 Pro x64. I created this as a fresh install onto a new SSD. I found some bugs in 21h1, which I reported. Now 21h1 appears trashed. I couldn't install the Windows update kb5006670. That seems to have trashed the windows logs so I can't diagnose the error. It also seems to have trashed VSS, so I cannot do any backups, or even clone the system to a HDD.
    It makes no sense for me to repeat the fresh install, so a non-destructive install is more attractive.
    I still have the 21h1 install thumb-drive. Can I run setup.exe from it?
    However:
    This might still leave me with a buggy 21h1. My friend was on 1903 and windows update brought him up to 21h1 and he doesn't have the problems I had doing a clean 21h1 install. So, can I do a non-destructive install from my corrupted 21h1 to 1903? I still have my 1903 DVD,
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  9. Posts : 21,423
    19044.1586 - 21H2 Pro x64
       #1318

    mfaklis said:
    Is the procedure for doing an in-place Win 10 non-destructive repair still valid?
    I am on 21h1 of win 10 Pro x64. I created this as a fresh install onto a new SSD. I found some bugs in 21h1, which I reported. Now 21h1 appears trashed. I couldn't install the Windows update kb5006670. That seems to have trashed the windows logs so I can't diagnose the error. It also seems to have trashed VSS, so I cannot do any backups, or even clone the system to a HDD.
    It makes no sense for me to repeat the fresh install, so a non-destructive install is more attractive.
    I still have the 21h1 install thumb-drive. Can I run setup.exe from it?
    However:
    This might still leave me with a buggy 21h1. My friend was on 1903 and windows update brought him up to 21h1 and he doesn't have the problems I had doing a clean 21h1 install. So, can I do a non-destructive install from my corrupted 21h1 to 1903? I still have my 1903 DVD,
    You can't downgrade using this method - 21H1 to 1903 is a downgrade. No way to go backwards without a clean install or restoring a backup image.

    You can run setup from your 21H1 to try a repair install and should keep your files and apps.
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  10. Posts : 40,004
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #1319

    If an in place upgrade repair can be performed and if it fixes the underlying problems then you're set.

    If the in place upgrade repair cannot be performed or if it fails to fix underlying problems then other options include:

    a) Windows refresh
    b) reset save files
    c) custom install
    d) clean install

    If there are no driver problems the drivers can be backed up and restored.

    Applications need to be reinstalled.

    After performing the above you can make free backup images.

    Then if there are any problems in the future you can restore backup images.


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