|25 Aug 2012||#1|
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Unintentional Dual Boot Win 7 Home
Hi - help needed please...
I left my laptop ticking over yesterday and when I came back there was an error message saying Windows could not start because a device was not available or system file had been corrupted.
I decided to reinstall Windows on the same partition thinking it would still give me my original programs, desktop etc. (duh!!) So now I have 2 windows folders - one with the new installation and one with WINDOWS.OLD
I still have all my original folders and files on C: but I want to get into the original WINDOWS and repair the corrupt system files. Is it possible to boot into the WINDOWS.OLD and run Windows Repair on the system files?
I7 - 8Gb
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|25 Aug 2012||#4|
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If you reinstalled Windows 7 over the old one on C, why would you think you could repair the old one now? You needed to ask us how to repair it before you reinstalled over it.
You said you have Dual Boot but that would mean you installed to another partition so you actually have two Windows 7 installations? What makes you think you have this - do you have Dual Boot menu when you start the PC?
If you do not actually have a Dual Boot but did in fact reinstall over C, then you can copy the files out of Windows.old and finish setting up the new install according to the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, or you can start over a get a perfect reinstall using those steps.
Or you can use the windows.old folder to roll back the reinstall using this method: How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder. However it is a lot of work that will take more time than getting a perfect Reinstall.
Then work through these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 if it boots, or these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
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