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

13 Jul 2014   #1
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How can I restore my system after wiping it, have backups

Hey forum, I just wiped my computer after it crashed. I backed everything up (it was in a system restore loop and I was able to back it up from there.) So I have all the files and folders, I was wondering if there was a way to put it back into the computer to make it how it was before. (Have the multiple user login, all my games and pictures restored, everything back onto the desktop) Thanks! Chris~


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13 Jul 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you create a system image ?

If not you`ll have to do it manually.

I would keep the data where you backed it up.

Keep windows as lite as possible.
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13 Jul 2014   #3
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you create a system image ?

If not you`ll have to do it manually.

I would keep the data where you backed it up.

Keep windows as lite as possible.
:S excuse me for not being good with this type of stuff but I don't think I did? How would I know if I did for not. All I know of what I did was, made a backup of everything onto an external and it turned the files into .wim files, extracted them and put them back onto my hdd
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13 Jul 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Surely you would know if you did
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13 Jul 2014   #5
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Surely you would know if you did
xD I guess thats a no then haha. Damn
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13 Jul 2014   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If you still have your installation key, you can download windows 7 from Crystal River, then copy your files over to your new installation.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
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13 Jul 2014   #7
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
If you still have your installation key, you can download windows 7 from Crystal River, then copy your files over to your new installation.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
How would this be different from just copying my files onto my computer now? I wiped it and have windows 7 on it. Wouldnt it be the same?
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13 Jul 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can't just "copy" Windows files from one location to another and expect to end up with a working computer.

You say you "wiped" your computer and "backed up everything" in your first post.

In your last post you say "I wiped it and have windows 7 on it".

So you've left us confused.

Right now, is the drive wiped or not wiped?

How, exactly, did you do this backup of "everything"? Drag with the mouse? Use a program? What program?

The method Tews mentions will mean downloading a legal ISO file of Windows, burning it to a disk, which creates a Windows installation disc. You then boot from that disc, install Windows, and activate with your existing Product Key. Then re-copy your backed up stuff to where it was before. You'd have a "clean install" and would have to re-install programs.

You need to be clearer about what you've done.
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13 Jul 2014   #9
cperez21

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can't just "copy" Windows files from one location to another and expect to end up with a working computer.

You say you "wiped" your computer and "backed up everything" in your first post.

In your last post you say "I wiped it and have windows 7 on it".

So you've left us confused.

Right now, is the drive wiped or not wiped?

How, exactly, did you do this backup of "everything"? Drag with the mouse? Use a program? What program?

The method Tews mentions will mean downloading a legal ISO file of Windows, burning it to a disk, which creates a Windows installation disc. You then boot from that disc, install Windows, and activate with your existing Product Key. Then re-copy your backed up stuff to where it was before. You'd have a "clean install" and would have to re-install programs.

You need to be clearer about what you've done.
Sorry for the confusion, im not the best with 7 programming and backing up and stuff.

I had recovery disks made for my desktop. My pc went into a system recovery loop. I tried every method to fix it but none of them worked. I decided to restore it to factory settings (this I might have confused with wipe?) Before I did that a screen popped up and asked if i wanted to backup files. This is the screen that came up I backed the files up onto an external hard drive. I saw that it only backed up everything but .exe files. So my game files are there, not the actual games. Within the backup folder is a folder named "D-OS" within that folder is where everything is "$Recycle.bin" "Desktop" "hp" "program files" "program files (x86)" "Program Data" "Riot Games" "swsetup" "SYSTEM.SAV" "Users" "Windows"
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13 Jul 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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?
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