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Windows 7: Windows.old Question

19 Aug 2011   #1
luckys

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Windows.old Question

Hey guys, first post here but don't worry I'm not a noob. I know my fair share about computers.
So anyway onto my question... I installed a new version of windows over my old one leaving me with the Windows.old file. I was wondering if i installed windows again if that first windows.old file will still be there with all the files from my first windows os.


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19 Aug 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckys View Post
Hey guys, first post here but don't worry I'm not a noob. I know my fair share about computers.
So anyway onto my question... I installed a new version of windows over my old one leaving me with the Windows.old file. I was wondering if i installed windows again if that first windows.old file will still be there with all the files from my first windows os.
It will unless you delete it. When you have everything you need from the windows.old folder and want to delete it you can run the disk cleanup wizard.
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19 Aug 2011   #3
luckys

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckys View Post
Hey guys, first post here but don't worry I'm not a noob. I know my fair share about computers.
So anyway onto my question... I installed a new version of windows over my old one leaving me with the Windows.old file. I was wondering if i installed windows again if that first windows.old file will still be there with all the files from my first windows os.
It will unless you delete it. When you have everything you need from the windows.old folder and want to delete it you can run the disk cleanup wizard.
so i can pretty much install as many copies of windows as i want and not lose any data? (witho0ut reformatting obviously)
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19 Aug 2011   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckys View Post
Hey guys, first post here but don't worry I'm not a noob. I know my fair share about computers.
So anyway onto my question... I installed a new version of windows over my old one leaving me with the Windows.old file. I was wondering if i installed windows again if that first windows.old file will still be there with all the files from my first windows os.
It will unless you delete it. When you have everything you need from the windows.old folder and want to delete it you can run the disk cleanup wizard.
so i can pretty much install as many copies of windows as i want and not lose any data? (witho0ut reformatting obviously)
No

First you cant install more than one copy in a partition, second windows.old is not directly accessible.

What exactly are you trying to do?
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19 Aug 2011   #5
luckys

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

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It will unless you delete it. When you have everything you need from the windows.old folder and want to delete it you can run the disk cleanup wizard.
so i can pretty much install as many copies of windows as i want and not lose any data? (witho0ut reformatting obviously)
No

First you cant install more than one copy in a partition, second windows.old is not directly accessible.

What exactly are you trying to do?
I had problems with my stock version of windows (64 bit) so I installed another copy which is 32 bit. This was the only copy i had and it was an emergency. Right now im on the 32 so im going to install 64 over that. Am i going to lose the windows.old from the first installation?
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20 Aug 2011   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckys View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckys View Post

so i can pretty much install as many copies of windows as i want and not lose any data? (witho0ut reformatting obviously)
No

First you cant install more than one copy in a partition, second windows.old is not directly accessible.

What exactly are you trying to do?
I had problems with my stock version of windows (64 bit) so I installed another copy which is 32 bit. This was the only copy i had and it was an emergency. Right now im on the 32 so im going to install 64 over that. Am i going to lose the windows.old from the first installation?
OK so you wdent from 64bit to 32bit (not a clean install with format?) and now you want to revert back to 64 bit (again not a clean install unless you format)?

If you had problems with the original (I had problems with my stock version of windows (64 bit)) and you import the settings back, chances are you are gong to have problems again.

Is that really what you want to do ??
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