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    How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
    « on: December 29, 2011, 10:32:58 PM »
    Ok.  Been working all day to repair my OS.  I cannot do a fresh install because I need the data on there.  I want to do an in place repair install.  So here is the problem.  I am an msdn user.  I installed some version of Win 7 on my system back in 2009.  Not sure which one.  My CD rom is not working so I have been using WintoFlash to create a bootable image on my usb drive.  Everytime I go to the repair it says, "This is not compatible with this version of Windows. Find a compatible version and try again."

    I have tried Win 7 Home, premium, enterprise and some N versions.  All say the same.  I am downloading Pro and basic now

    So what I need to be able to do is retreive the version of windows I have like you do by right clicking the hard drive when you are in windows. Problem is I am not in windows and the recovery console I can get to a command prompt but it is the X: drive version of windows and it will only show that version with a command like systeminfo.  Killing me smalls.  I need some help here from the pros.

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    Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
    « Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 07:21:32 AM »
    You cannot "retrieve" an installed OS from a system...this is by design...
    WinToFlash needs the full .ISO image to be able to work.

    I suspect the reason it is saying wrong version is because SP1 was installed on that 7 installation therefore you would need to find a Win7DVD w SP1 in order to run a repair install.

    As long as you have your activation code on the machine for Win7 you can borrow anyones DVD to do the repair as long as the versions match...i.i. Home to Home Ultimate to Ultimate etc.

    The other option of course would be to contact MS with your liscense code and they may either send you the DVD or direct you to their portal where you can DLoad the .ISO and use it to build your DVD...

    Let us know.
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      Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
      « Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 11:53:34 AM »
      Thanks for the reply.  There is more to the story.
      I bought it with Vosta installed.  I did a complete wipe of it and installed Win 7 myself with an ISO file.  Problem is I cannot remember which version.  I do not need to retreive the software, I have an MADN account and therefore have access to any version.  I just need to know which version I have on my computer that will not boot.  Is there a file that stores that information where I can command prompt into it and view a ini file or something that says which version of windows I have on there.

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      Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
      « Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 12:32:42 PM »
      It could also be the Win7 RC or Beta; or any of the various editions of them, too.

      With WinXP you could determine the edition by looking at "c:\windows\system32\prodspec.ini".

      Vista and Win7; open the "C:\windows\system32\license.rtf" file.
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        Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
        « Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 02:10:41 PM »
        So it is Home Premium but there are a lot of different versions.  If my system is all up to date then it should be the one with SP1 on it correct?  Also I think it is x86 but is there a way to tell if it is 64 bit from the command prompt?

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        Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
        « Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 02:14:13 PM »
        So it is Home Premium but there are a lot of different versions.  If my system is all up to date then it should be the one with SP1 on it correct?
        I would think so.
         
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        think it is x86 but is there a way to tell if it is 64 bit from the command prompt?

        if a C:\Program Files (x86) folder exists, it is 64-bit. otherwise it is 32-bit.
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          Re: How do I verify my version of OS from the recovery console shell
          « Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 07:07:10 PM »
          All - Found the version (Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit) and the repair did not work so I went with flash boot of ubuntu and moved my critical files over and a fresh install of Win 7 Home Premium!  Thanks for the help.