Status report for Paul et al


R

Robin Bignall

This is a status report for Paul and others who helped with:

- cannot install Classic Shell
- cannot uninstall Java

There is an install / uninstall Fixit
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/Program_Install_and_Uninstall
that purports to fix the registry, and which will do a FORCED uninstall
of any program you name.
That got rid of Java. I also found odd mentions of Classic Shell in the
registry After uninstall, so I ran Revo Pro / advanced search and
cleared them out. Result: Classic Shell up and running.

- The "Cannot Reboot" problem.

This is a bastard. I've tried a repair install of Win 7 on itself and
found the same problem. This time I got a message "Windows cannot
prepare your system for rebooting". You can see that many people have
got this on a wide variety of hardware, so it appears to be
software-related.
The only solution that anyone appears to have found that worked is to go
right back to basics by deleting and recreating the system partition,
doing a chkdsk /R and then do an install with a clean boot (only basic
Windows drivers loaded). This does not exactly help for an upgrade
install 7 to 8! So, nowhere forward with this one.

Incidentally, I suspect greatly that if you try to do a 7 to 8 upgrade,
and it fails in some way, Windows DOES NOT clear out what it has tried
to do and it leaves a slightly screwed up 7 installation that you maybe
don't notice at the time.
 
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