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Windows 7: Windows 7 Windows.old folder restore failed.... How do I restore?

16 Jan 2013   #1
YPMagic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 Windows.old folder restore failed.... How do I restore?

I tried the steps on SevenForums, and Microsoft.com. The Microsoft steps didn't work for me at all and the SevenForums steps didn't either. I tried the RegCure Pro program to fix system errors, and that did not do it. I used an ISO from a website to reinstall my Windows 7 because I wanted to start fresh as new because my manufacturer did not send a Windows 7 Installation CD. My computer is Korean brand.. Wolf'n'fox, and my computer specs are:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4CPUS) ~3.1GHz
4096MB RAM
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550Ti

I really don't think my system is functioning properly because I cannot run Internet Explorer even from its directory in Program Files. The default background and personalization seem to not be working and my old System Restore points are gone... I don't know if its in Windows.old because I restored everything to my C: except Program Files and Program Files (x86) because I got access denied in the steps the SevenForums gave me in elevated CMD Prompt at : Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

Since I did not have the Windows Installation CD and the contents in it, I used F8 at start up to do the SevenForum steps and when I did some of the steps such as /move y "C:\Windows.old\Program Files" C:, and the bootsect command (which I did from elevated CMD on desktop because I used my USB flash drive to reinstall Windows 7) Windows keep telling me that its access denied.

What do I need to do? Please help me ASAP, I'm getting really frustrated by the minute because it seems I ruined my computer in just 2 hours.... just please help me.... Do I need to contact my manufacturer for a new clean install? Do I need to call them? Explain this to them? PLEASEE Help me...


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16 Jan 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello YPMagic, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Normally OEM computers come with a factory recovery partition that can be used to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with. You'll need to read your computer's manual for the steps on how to do it though.

Otherwise, the tutorial below can help show you how to download a Windows 7 ISO to create a bootable DVD/USB with to then use to reinstall Windows 7 with. You'll just need to enter your product key number on the COA sticker on your computer during installation to activate Windows 7 with.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Jan 2013   #3
YPMagic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you, I will post back results after I reinstall.
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17 Jan 2013   #4
YPMagic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I got my setup going... I'm just hoping this one won't end up like the last one. Good luck to me.. and I'll report the results in at least 20 minutes.
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17 Jan 2013   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Great news so far.

You might consider creating a system image after you have it all setup the way you like. This way it'll make it easy to go right back to that state if ever needed.
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17 Jan 2013   #6
YPMagic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It worked. I got into problems with renaming my Windows folder to backup to replace my windows.old, to get my drivers. The move /y command couldn't find Windows.old and I forgot to rename Windows.backup to Windows..... so I had to recover Windows Ultimate in safe mode and install from my thumbdrive . But, I found out that the ISO I downloaded from an anonymous server was corrupt with errors. All is well now and I thank you Brink. I especially thank the creator of that tutorial and providing a reliable ISO to install with. So anyways, thanks. I hope to see you around in the forums ^*^!
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17 Jan 2013   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

One other thing: Never use a Registry cleaner which are mostly sales scams that ruin your Win7 installation. The only "cleaner" which should be allowed to touch the registry is CCleaner - both its Disk and Registry cleaner are the state of the art. The others cause a lot of problems.

If you stick with the tools and methods in the Clean Reinstall tutorial you will get and keep a perfect Win7 install for as long as you do. But save the backup image suggested to use in place of reinstall if you go astray.
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