Windows 10: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
Assuming that it's the permission problem that is preventing booting, is there anyway to fix them when booting off the alternate drive? I have already fixed them enough to access much of the drive, but some stuff seems very well protected.
That would be best to post in a new thread to get help with. Be sure to post details on how the permissions got messed up to help with what may be best to correct.
I just recently bought a computer from a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (featuring Windows 10 Professional), and am already having some serious issues.
I'm getting "These results may be incomplete" and "Search results aren't quite ready yet" errors when searching for Windows services. I've tried all of the recommended steps to fix them, but nothing worked. I tried to reset Windows, but it gave me an error and told me that it couldn't reset.
Would the method outlined in this thread be likely to fix my problem?
Also, you mention using an ISO, but you don't specify whether it's acceptable to use a DVD burned using said ISO. Does the ISO have to be used as an ISO file on the computer itself, or can a DVD burned from it work? I ask because I downloaded the Media Creation Tool, created an ISO, and burned a DVD with it a few days ago. I still have the DVD, but don't have the ISO file on my computer any longer.
What method of an in-place upgrade is the most fool-proof and least likely to damage my computer further? Also, would any of them cause registration issues (keep in mind that my computer is refurbished and did not come with its own Windows disc).
Last edited by hbenthow; 08 Jan 2017 at 20:16.
There's no guarantee that a repair install will fix your problems, but it won't hurt anything to try.
You can indeed use the DVD as well. You would just need to open the DVD, and pick up at step 4C.
Thank you for your reply.
I don't currently have any particularly important files or settings on this computer. Would checking "Nothing" under the "Choose what to keep" options make the chances of my problem being fixed higher?
And just to make double-sure, an in-place upgrade shouldn't cause registration issues or damage my Windows installation further? Also, what are the chances of an accident such as accidentally downgrading from 64-bit to 32-bit Windows during the process?
Selecting to "Nothing" would be like doing a reset. It would only help more if the issue is with your account or files in your profile folder.
It will not cause any issues with activation. If the repair install was interrupted (ex: power outage or forced shutdown), then it could destroy the installation requiring a clean install to fix.
There's zero chance of going from 64-bit to 32-bit. That can only be done with a clean install and 32-bit installation media.
I suspect that the issue may have resulted from something that happened when I initially created the accounts*, so it sounds like selecting "Nothing" would be my best option.
* I created two user accounts, and Windows automatically created of its own called "Default User" or something similar. I renamed that account to my name, and deleted my original account. After discovering that changing the name did not change the user folder paths to folders under my name, I deleted that account and created another one in my name. I think this may be what caused the issue.
Thank you again for the information.
You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
I plan to attempt the in-pace upgrade in about an hour or two, and have one more question: must I open the disc as a folder and double-click the setup.exe file, or can I just right-click the disk and select "Install or run program from your media"?
You could open the DVD like a drive in "This PC", then run the setup.exe file.
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