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Trying to install 266.58 and 267.xx betas and the installer keeps failing, then windows 7 opens up its stupid driver finder software and installs a generic compatibility one.

Now its also saying my network controllers driver is gone what is going on here?

I tried to restore from earlier point and it just errors out. Can I do a overwrite install of Win 7 with out having to start over clean?
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A repair install should be possible, but I'm not sure it would fix the driver issue. I would just use Driver Sweeper to blow out ALL ATI and Nvidia drivers. (Yes, I said ATI and Nvidia. Never hurts to be absolutely sure they're gone. Just the other day I saw ATI drivers in Driver Sweeper on a computer that has had Nvidia cards ONLY for its whole life!) Then use CCleaner to blow out all temp files, then use CCleaner to clean out the registry. Restart into safe mode and try installing the drivers there. If Windows tries to install a driver, just hit "Cancel" or open the Task Manager and kill that process.

That method has never failed me before. I say use CCleaner to blow out all the temp files because I'm not 100% sure that some drivers don't reference any temp stuff. Guess when it comes to this, I've got more of a "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out" kind of attitude lol

From the command prompt you could run
sfc /scannow
Just to make sure everything is ok with your Windows install. If you want to get even more through, after doing the sfc command enter
chkdsk /f
at the command prompt and let it finish. That will check your HDD for errors and fix any it finds. If after all that is said and done, you still have problems, then yeah a repair install would be my next step.
Edited by Razinhail - 3/9/11 at 3:24am
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Thanks +rep! Will the repair install work like it did on XP leave the files intact and just overwrite windows?

I do have Norton Ghost backups of the machine aswell! But I would rather not go through the brain damage!

No go did everything from safe mode chkdisk etc nothing worked, system restore keeps failing aswell!
Edited by Hawk777th - 3/9/11 at 4:46pm
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A repair install will only replace the files that it feels are damaged, leaving all your programs in place. You may need to re-apply a few updates after that. You're lucky that you have the Norton Ghost backup images. If you do the repair install and it still doesn't fix the problem, try the backup images. Repair install **SHOULD** be faster than re-imaging a machine, so that's where I would start.
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