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Re installing windows 7 over itself?

526 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 12:29 AM by just Al RSS
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I recently had a problem with my iMac and windows 7, it was not resolved and windows repair could not repair.


I would like to know if I can re install windows 7 into bootcamp over the top of the current windows OS?

iMac (27-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.8 quad core i7
  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    May 1, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to just Al)

    Yes you can, but, it depends on if you have sp1 installed now and if you have a W7 pre-Sp1 installer or a W7/SP1 installer you used to install it originally.


    Here's a link I found via Yahoo/Google, I was curious also. (I have an upgrade version so I can do it easier,(except for the SP1 issue, didn't even think of that)


    I would still get a USB thumb drive or similar and format it fat32 and drag any files over to it that you absolutely want to keep in case something goes wrong.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
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    May 2, 2012 4:25 AM (in response to Jaygyver)

    of course you can.


    And SP1 issues that I read about (year ago) were from some AV programs and using old version of Driver Sweeper, not enough free space to perform.


    At this point there will be a lot of updates to bring Windows current - time for an SP2 almost if there was one.


    That article is from 2011 too, but one that I'll bookmark for future use.


    I would format and install though. If you do use the above you will have about 18GB that you want to remove (Disk cleanup).


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