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Windows 7: How can I restore my system after wiping it, have backups

13 Jul 2014   #11
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Referring to that screen that came up--I assume you said yes, backup my files. Did you then complete the restore to factory settings and do you now have a working PC that appears to be as it was when you bought it?
Yes sir. then my initial question was if any of those folders could restore most of my computer to its previous state. (Eg: Copy the old "Windows" folder into the new one and have my previous mulitple users window )


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16 Jul 2014   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cperez21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Referring to that screen that came up--I assume you said yes, backup my files. Did you then complete the restore to factory settings and do you now have a working PC that appears to be as it was when you bought it?
Yes sir. then my initial question was if any of those folders could restore most of my computer to its previous state. (Eg: Copy the old "Windows" folder into the new one and have my previous mulitple users window )
The short answer is no. "Windows" and other folders are part of the operating system which you have reset to factory condition (like the day you first turned on the PC).
You will need to reinstall your applications including games. It does look like you've backed up data like document,photos etc and maybe game settings if that's useful (I'm not a game player).

I would recommend you play around with making what is called a system image then you can do what you really want in the future without going all the way back to the factory condition. Free Macrium Reflect is a very good and quite easy program to do this. Have a look at this tutorial:
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