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Windows 7: *Reinstall* Will renaming program files keep my stuff

12 Jul 2012   #1

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*Reinstall* Will renaming program files keep my stuff

if i reinstall windows using the setup cd, and i rename programs files to say programfilesold

and then install windows again. will it keep this programfilesold?

or does windows 7 save the program files anyway when you custom install to the same drive

*Just found out it saves them to Windows.old*

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12 Jul 2012   #2

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This doesn't really belong in "Crashes and Debugging" forum.

Yes, it basically shoves everything from the original install into the Windows.old directory prior to installing the new Windows. I've personally had varying success with just moving things over from the Windows.old directory to the new created directories, but often times it works out very well. Just make sure to not copy over whatever bugged out your system and required you to reinstall Windows in the first place.

Details on the whole thing are mentioned in the tutorial here.
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