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So I'm fixing up a friend's computer, which has Windows 7 64-bit. Will a repair install cause problems with his accounts and passwords? I'd like to not accidentally nuke all his files and data.
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It should not affect his login or files, Windows Repair usually replaces and repairs files in the C:\Windows directory and repair anything that would prevent the OS from booting. The worst that can happen is that you might have to reinstall some software if the registry files get messed with.
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repair install will preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.

check this site for a guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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Great, thanks smile.gif I've never had to do a repair install before, so this'll be helpful. smile.gif
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Great, thanks smile.gif I've never had to do a repair install before, so this'll be helpful. smile.gif

no problem, good luck smile.gif
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So I'm fixing up a friend's computer, which has Windows 7 64-bit. Will a repair install cause problems with his accounts and passwords? I'd like to not accidentally nuke all his files and data.

ITEMS THAT WILL BE RESET TO DEFAULT OR AFFECTED:

* Sounds
* Services
* Visual Effects Settings
* Device Drivers - Be sure to have these handy to reinstall. They do not always remain after the repair (upgrade) install.
* You may lose the ability to sign on to MSN Messenger, to solve this problem have a look at this thread Unable to sign in to WLM.
* You may lose your custom themes due to not having permisions set on the old themes. Go to the hidden themes folder at C:/Users/(User-Name)/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Themes, then Take Ownership of the themes folder and you will now have all your themes back.
* It has been reported that you may also lose your Media Center gadget after doing the repair install.
* Windows Updates will need to be checked and reinstalled again.

From: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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