Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Who asked to roll back the Windows 7 installation using windows.old folder? OP wants to know what to use the folder for. The answer is to copy out the User folders if you didnt' correctly back them up first.
You can also browse into Windows>System32 to find any drivers
missing in Device Manager after all Windows Updates are done - drivers are delivered under optional Windows Updates.
If you're happy with the install then finish setting it up. If you're not, follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which is a vastly superior install to the Factory Recovery with its bloatware and useless utilities. It explains in the tutorial how to decide whether to keep the Recovery and any tools partitions which came from factory.
True I suppose but both answers, yours and his, do give good uses of the windows.old folder. Thanks.
It's not my PC, i'm working on it for a friend. In his case, a factory install with moving back all his old stuff is preferable for him. He's not PC literate at all. My original goal was just to repair his not booting in normal mode problem but nothing worked. I could have done a clean install but would have lost the recovery partition - which i didn't want to do in case it's possible to reinstall from that in the future. This PC is set up like a Linux system.. it uses OneKey Recovery from lenovo and you cant resize or wipe the partitions or it will break completely. I thought better not to do that as he doesn't have factory restore disks and he cannot burn a copy from the system - he'd have to order them if OneKey Recovery doesn't work ( and it didn't, it only works in normal mode which would not boot). I may try to get that working again in the future.
So far, I have reinstalled the system just to C drive not messing up his D and hidden recovery partitions. The older system just used C for windows and used D for all programs. I went to the lenovo site to download and install all the drivers. Only things he's missing are Lenovo specific apps he doesnt use but may in the future - this stuff is hardware related, not bloatware.. like the fingerprint scanner that locks the PC.
heheh I wish my laptop had that cool feature but I use a usb drive for that to boot with Rohos login Key and Predator to lock it when I walk away. Two very cool apps that make good use of flash drives.
I plan to teach him to use system restore and make a copy of the image with Macrium Reflect, so he can reinstall easily if he breaks it again.. ( He goes to a lot of porn sites and allows anything into his PC.. hard to teach him not to do that)