dave notes: I posted this for our Senior Mod, since it was buried in the forum and deserves it's own topic. For use prior to a last resort clean install of your Windows. Windows 8 & 8.1 have the Refresh feature. Please post your results and which version and architecture you used in this topic.
Remember that this is in the Members Area please.
Thanks Snuffy. You're truly the Master!
Boot to media .... if you have SP1 installed it needs to be a SP1 version.
This method works close to 99% for me due to I have USB version an use F12 key to select boot device.... so when you Force a Reboot & Remove the USB Flash drive - it auto choses HDD (which is Default) ..
1. chose clean install
2. chose the same partition as you are using
3. during uncompress - watch carefully...... at the 42% mark (you have to force a Reboot)
4. make sure the reboot option is to HDD....
why does this work.... the uncompress method uses C: TMP\TEMP folder to uncompress the files needed for installation.
when you force a reboot it then overrights the uncompressed files to C:\
I have average of 95% plus success with this method..... if you do not have cross linked files in original or bad spots then this works.
faster than a total clean install - much faster than a repair/inplace install ....