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SharePoint repair on customized environment

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 30, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Our SharePoint environment has lots of 3rd party solutions installed as well as some modifications to search done via registry changes (PDF indexing is one of these changes).  Prior to our 2010 upgrade, we're removing lots of these unneccessary solutions and have found a few have removed files from the 12 hive that they shouldn't have, such as image files and even an aspx page.  A member of our dev team suggested doing a repair install to put the missing files back in place.

Does anyone have experience with this?  Will it blow away non-Microsoft files located in the 12 hive?  What about registry changes that have been made?  My fear is this will cause more problems then it's worth. 

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