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I have a computer im working on, that has a corrupted MBR and i've tried countless methods for overwrite of a new MBR.... If I install a fresh copy of the exact version of windows WITHOUT a full format, will I retain all the files that are currently on?

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No. You cannot install Windows to a drive with Windows already on it without overwriting folders/files with the same name.

Alternatively, you can back up your files, format the drive, and copy the Users folder back on, along with any other custom content you want to keep.
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It should install over your original Windows . It should say something like your files will be stored in a folder called Windows.old . This is where all your profile stuff will go into. But see if you could repair the MBR . Try to boot into the WINDOWS INSTALLATION disc or USB key which ever and go to the steps like you were to install Windows then on the screen where it has the button " Install Now " you should see Repair you Computer on the lower left hand corner . Click that . You should then have a window saying select your Operating System. Click Windows 7 and press the Next button. You could click on Startup Repair or click on Command Prompt. If you choose to go Command Prompt direction input these commands.

Type: diskpart
and press Enter

Type: select disk 0 (zero)
and press Enter

type: list volume
and press Enter

This will give you the drive letter of the Disc or USB key where you have they windows installation files.

Type: exit
and press Enter

to close Diskpart

Type: (use the letter of your DVD drive)
and press Enter

Type: cd boot
and press Enter

Type: dir
and press Enter

TYPE: bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
and press Enter

When completed successfully,

Type: exit
and press Enter

This will take you back to the System Repair Options window , You could either choose Shutdown or Reboot . See if this passes your MBR issue.
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Originally Posted by railfan844 View Post

No. You cannot install Windows to a drive with Windows already on it without overwriting folders/files with the same name.
Alternatively, you can back up your files, format the drive, and copy the Users folder back on, along with any other custom content you want to keep.

Actually found out that you could, it just saves all old windows folders/documents/pictures into a system folder named Windows.old.

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Hi BlindRage606

I did mention that you could do a reinstall it will save everything to a folder called Windows.old inside the C:\ drive. C:\Windows.old
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