Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade  


  1. Posts : 61,518
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #510

    WindozeWasher said:
    I have 1511 installed and hit the issue with a couple of updates not installing so I can't install the Anniversary and follow-on upgrade so, using the Media creation tool, I created the Win 10 Home/Pro x64 v.1607 USB stick to perform an in-place upgrade/repair.

    Perhaps I missed this part reading through this thread; once you wade through the option selection process (keep files, apps, settings) and it starts the actual upgrade/repair, when do you remove the USB stick to prevent the PC from booting from the USB on restart?

    Note: It's currently at the "Checking for updates" stage as I type this.....

    TIA!
    Hello WindozeWasher, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You shouldn't need to remove the USB if you booted from the USB from your boot menu and didn't set your BIOS/UEFI boot priority to always boot from the USB first.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #511

    Brink said:
    Hello WindozeWasher, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You shouldn't need to remove the USB if you booted from the USB from your boot menu and didn't set your BIOS/UEFI boot priority to always boot from the USB first.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
    BIOS doesn't provide UEFI, so that's not an issue, but this process (IAW Microsoft's guide) starts from within Windows, running the USB's setup.exe as an Administrator.

    I may have previously left the BIOS set to boot from USB on startup and did not think of it until I had started the process.
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  3. Posts : 61,518
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #512

    I'd leave the USB connected.

    If it should boot from the USB and starts the installation over, then you can just disconnect the USB, and restart the computer to pick up where you left off before. You'll need to connect the USB again once you get past the boot screen though.
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #513

    Brink said:
    I'd leave the USB connected.

    If it should boot from the USB and starts the installation over, then you can just disconnect the USB, and restart the computer to pick up where you left off before. You'll need to connect the USB again once you get past the boot screen though.
    Basically what I thought; I'll provide feedback once I 'know'.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #514

    Is there any way to do the same without Windows Installation Media?
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  6. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
       #515

    tried to run the repair install within a virtual machine, but it refused to work saying Windows (build 14393) couldn't be installed within a vm. is there a way it can be made work? a work around?
    thanks!
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  7. Posts : 17,636
    Windows 10 Pro
       #516

    GalaxyGe said:
    tried to run the repair install within a virtual machine, but it refused to work saying Windows (build 14393) couldn't be installed within a vm. is there a way it can be made work? a work around?
    thanks!
    I have never had any issues performing any kind of Windows install on any virtual machine, be it a clean install, upgrade install to a newer version or repair upgrade install with same version.

    Please tell what virtualization software you are using (Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMware, else) and take screenshots of all error messages and post here.

    In case you need help with posting screenshots, see these tutorials:

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  8. Posts : 61,518
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #517

    swarajnandedkar said:
    Is there any way to do the same without Windows Installation Media?
    Hello @swarajnandedkar, :)

    I'm afraid that you will need a Windows 10 ISO or installation media to be able to perform a repair install.

    You could reset or refresh Windows 10 without installation media if you didn't delete the recovery partition, but this isn't the same as a repair install.

    Refresh Windows 10

    Reset Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
       #518

    Hi Kari,
    thanks for your answer!

    Kari said:
    I have never had any issues performing any kind of Windows install on any virtual machine, be it a clean install, upgrade install to a newer version or repair upgrade install with same version.
    Glad to hear this. Note that I'm not a pro, just an engaged PC owner

    Please tell what virtualization software you are using (Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMware, else) and take screenshots of all error messages and post here.
    My scenario is, booting Windows 10 (version 1607) natively from a .VHD image on a single personal laptop. The laptop is a Sony VAIO Z from 2009, so the motherboards virtualization technology may be rather old (but I hope it's not the issue): Intel Virtualization Technology (VT). VT-d is switched off in the BIOS as it was causing graphics issues when I tried it.
    I have not turned on Hyper-V in Windows.

    I've been using this method primarily to test recovery of my system backups, as the configuration is rather complex, and to have a running Windows handy in case my main one has issues. And no issues with it up to now, also with Windows 10.

    The error appears after this screen:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade-capture10.gif

    Here's the error screen:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade-capture8.gif

    "Learn more" directs me to this page from Microsoft:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...specifications

    Last note is that I have to use modded Graphics drivers but I receive this error no matter if I allow or disallow the use of unsigned drivers per startup settings.

    Any help highly appreciated!
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  10. Posts : 17,636
    Windows 10 Pro
       #519

    GalaxyGe said:
    My scenario is, booting Windows 10 (version 1607) natively from a .VHD image on a single personal laptop.
    OK, that explains it.

    In your original post you mentioned you had repair install issues in virtual machine, now you explained it better as being issues using VHD boot, virtual drive. A virtual machine and a virtual drive are two so completely different things your earlier post didn't make any sense (no offense, just stating the obvious).

    There's no way Windows can be upgrade installed on native boot VHD / VHDX virtual drive. As repair install is nothing but an in-place upgrade using the same Windows version, it's a big no-no.

    Although what you tried to do, perform an in-place upgrade / repair install on natively booted virtual drive is not possible, you have several workarounds to choose from. One easy and no third party software requiring solution is simply to boot to host Windows, enable and setup Hyper-V and create a new virtual machine using your existing VHD, do the upgrade / repair install, and finally boot the host again from the now updated VHD.

    A bit more elegant (subjective opinion ) solution is to boot natively from the VHD, when on desktop enable Hyper-V (requires reboot, remember to select VHD again in boot menu), use Macrium Reflect to create a full system image, then use Macrium viBoot to mount the Macrium image as a Hyper-V vm, upgrade / repair install it, unmount image from viBoot applying changes to image, and finally restore the updated Windows image on that VHD.

    Some related tutorials:


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