Windows 10: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
Thank you so much, @Kari,
for this comprehensive answer, this is really most helpful !! 😃
I will check the links and certainly give Hyper-V and Macrium a try, and will report back the results.
My primary goal right now is to create images which will recover without the need for repairs.. but then, now I know how to take it from there.
Need a little clarification. User's business laptop failed yesterday [Update Tuesday] after or during an Update. I got the call after the system became unresponsive. Effectively, it will not boot... meaning it took about 5 hours for it to boot, and then it became comatose again. after a lot of attempts at remediation I removed the drive and checked it for errors/impending failure. Drive is healthy, so the damage is logical.
Using fresh Windows 10 install media via USB device, how do I fresh/reinstall Windows 10 without [hopefully] losing the programs and data? The examples above seem to assume a coherent system that can boot and politely allow the tech to repair it.
My assumption as to what "Should" work is to "install" over the existing installation. Upgrade cannot be chosen because the system cannot function well enough to start the process from within a running Windows environment.
If you are unable to boot into Windows 10, then you will not be able to do a repair install.
Is there a system image that can be used to restore?
And if there isn't an image, you can make one outside of windows with Macrium recovery USB, then mount that image on another PC that has Macrium installed, then you can recover what data files, driver installers, and if still present, software installers, and their keys(if they made a copy using Notepad which I ALWAYS do and placed it on OneDrive, recommended).
Or you can also just download @Kyhi's Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk ISO: Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
And try using the tools included there.
Can I obtain a 64-bit USB or is it something I have to format from a 32-bit? I can not find any reference to 64-bit USB stick in Google.
- If you have a 64-bit Windows 10, then you must use a 64-bit ISO or USB.
32-bit or 64-bit is referring to the ISO you used to create the USB with instead to install a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10.
Thanks! The advice did puzzle me a bit!
I tried this, and unfortunately it failed. I have the green thumbnails for images, which this is supposed to fix.
A repair install may not always fix that if this is an app association issue. If you haven't already, you might see if using OPTION ONE below to reset your app associations back to default may help.
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