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Windows 7: windows.old help


18 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
windows.old help

I need help on what type of folders are in there. I deleted those files because I moved my files to my PC from Vista. Give me list of all folders please! I've been looking on the net for answers. Thanks.


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18 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

windows.old is what your previous Windows Vista installation was renamed to when you upgraded to Windows 7. It has everything in it that was there when you did the upgrade.

There is no way anyone can tell you every folder and file that was there previously. For instance, on my Windows 7 Pro X64 installation, there are 13,544 folders containing 64,624 files occupying 14.6GB of drive space. Vista was probably similar.

BTW: None of it is needed for Windows 7 to run though there may have been some user data there that you wanted to access.
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18 Jan 2010   #3

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If you backed up everything before installing windows 7, you do not need those folders. They constain everything that was on your old system. The usual course of action is not to delete until you are sure that your did not forget to backup something. Deleting them cause no problems with your current OS. All that remains is for you to enjoy. Take care.
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18 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
windows.old is what your previous Windows Vista installation was renamed to when you upgraded to Windows 7. It has everything in it that was there when you did the upgrade.

There is no way anyone can tell you every folder and file that was there previously. For instance, on my Windows 7 Pro X64 installation, there are 13,544 folders containing 64,624 files occupying 14.6GB of drive space. Vista was probably similar.

BTW: None of it is needed for Windows 7 to run though there may have been some user data there that you wanted to access.
I was talking about the main folders like when you click on to windows.old.
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18 Jan 2010   #5

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18 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrisbarrows View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
windows.old is what your previous Windows Vista installation was renamed to when you upgraded to Windows 7. It has everything in it that was there when you did the upgrade.

There is no way anyone can tell you every folder and file that was there previously. For instance, on my Windows 7 Pro X64 installation, there are 13,544 folders containing 64,624 files occupying 14.6GB of drive space. Vista was probably similar.

BTW: None of it is needed for Windows 7 to run though there may have been some user data there that you wanted to access.
I was talking about the main folders like when you click on to windows.old.
Is the Public and Pictures folder in there?
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18 Jan 2010   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrisbarrows View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrisbarrows View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
windows.old is what your previous Windows Vista installation was renamed to when you upgraded to Windows 7. It has everything in it that was there when you did the upgrade.

There is no way anyone can tell you every folder and file that was there previously. For instance, on my Windows 7 Pro X64 installation, there are 13,544 folders containing 64,624 files occupying 14.6GB of drive space. Vista was probably similar.

BTW: None of it is needed for Windows 7 to run though there may have been some user data there that you wanted to access.
I was talking about the main folders like when you click on to windows.old.
Is the Public and Pictures folder in there?
Yes, Your whole prior installation is in there. Check the tutorials above.
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