Windows 10: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
The message I received does not contain the blather about, 'or you're trying to install an older (yadda, yadda, yadda)'. It has a period after the words 'unsupported directory'. That, my friend is pointedly misleading and unhelpful.
Semantics. All I know is that I was on this site and I found that same link you provided. It matters no even a little to me who actually hosts the ISOs..
And I don't know that the rest of your post points me to a solution. Even if I re-download a W10 Home 64 from that link how is it going to match up with the build I currently have on my W10 tower?
The media creation tool provides the latest major build, not the 1511 build. It should matter to you who hosts the ISO's. You could get one which has been tampered with in any way you can imagine.
What I meant was that I trust this site. Whether tenforums is hosting ISOs, or providing a link to another site that does host them is immaterial to me. I assume that all links that have passed muster with tenforums are safe and reliable.
As far as the W10 build goes, are you saying that if I get the latest major build, for the correct OS, that I should be able to do the repair install in-place upgrade? Regardless of the build on my W10 tower?
It has to be 1607, and match the original language. You will then receive at least a cumulative update to bring you up to date.
My preference (and recommended by others) is
a. Create a disk image of what you have now (we repeatedly recommend e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage for images)
b. Perform the in-place upgrade repair (I prefer to defer the update, separating one from the other)
c. Check all ok
d. Perform update
e. Update my disk image
f. Deal with any other issues arising
This thread was a great help for me and very much better than what the Microsoft site has about Repair Installs.
Will in-place upgrade fix permission problems?
Somehow, permissions on my main system drive got messed up and will not boot. Fortunately, I have a second boot drive with a more minimal installation of Windows 10. Booting from that drive, I can run chkdsk on my main drive and no problems are found with the file system structure. However, I cannot run sfc on that drive due to protection not allowing it.
My question is, will this in-place upgrade fix up all the system directories and files permissions? I do have a complete cloned bootable backup that's a week or two old which I can re-clone to the main system SSD, but I am saving that as my last resort.
It'll fix issues with system files, but it will not help for files in user folders.
Unfortunately, if you are unable to boot into Windows, you will not be able to do a repair install.
I can boot offf the second drive, will that not work? They both have the anniversary update.
I'm afraid not. It has to be done from within the Windows 10 you wanted to repair.
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