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Windows 7: Do Windows 7 user settings get "aliased" after an upgrade?

11 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Do Windows 7 user settings get "aliased" after an upgrade?

I recently installed an SSD in my PC, and did a fresh install of Windows 7 in the process. I unplugged the HD with the existing install of Windows 7 during the installation process, and plugged it back in after.

Now I'm trying to retrieve some settings for an app I had on my previous installation. But when I go to my old Windows 7 boot drive (now D: ) and try to access the AppData folder, it seems to be showing me the contents of my current AppData folder on C: instead.

Is this what Windows does? If so, is there any way around it, so I can retrieve the application data that I'm after?


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11 Jan 2013   #2

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OneTwoThree View Post
I recently installed an SSD in my PC, and did a fresh install of Windows 7 in the process. I unplugged the HD with the existing install of Windows 7 during the installation process, and plugged it back in after.

Now I'm trying to retrieve some settings for an app I had on my previous installation. But when I go to my old Windows 7 boot drive (now D: ) and try to access the AppData folder, it seems to be showing me the contents of my current AppData folder on C: instead.

Is this what Windows does? If so, is there any way around it, so I can retrieve the application data that I'm after?
What are the exact steps that you're taking to access it from start to finish?
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12 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks, I think I've found a workaround now.

I was looking in D:\Documents and Settings\[username]\AppData\Roaming. When I do this, I see the contents of the AppData folder on my C: drive instead.

But if I look in D:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming, this shows me the AppData folder on the D: drive (from my old Windows install), which is the behaviour I was wanting and expecting.

I can only assume that the symlink set up by my old install of Windows 7 has now come to point at the new install of Windows 7, by virtue of it having the same path name. Damn, that's confusing!
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12 Jan 2013   #4

 

I've never seen that happen before. Did you do make any changes, like changing the location of the folders inside of C:\Users\You?
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12 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I've never seen that happen before either, although I've only done a similar upgrade on Windows 7 once before.

No, I didn't change the location of any of the folders, or do anything particularly advanced with the file system for that matter - it was just a vanilla install of Windows 7 on a single drive, until I added the SSD and did the reinstall.
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12 Jan 2013   #6

 

I hate to ask this, but at what point did you unplug the hard drive? I don't want to doubt your intelligence or anything, but I'm just hoping that you turned the computer off, disconnected it, turned the system back on, and installed Windows onto the solid state drive. I'm also hoping that when you got to the Desktop, you shut down, reconnected the hard drive, and turned the system back on.
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12 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yes, I powered down, unplugged the drive, turned back on and installed Windows 7. Then I installed some motherboard drivers and a couple of apps, used the system for an hour or two, then powered down again, reconnected the original hard drive, and booted back into Windows.

This was a few days ago, and I hadn't looked at my AppData folder until yesterday, so I don't know if the weirdness occurred directly after the install or happened later on.
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12 Jan 2013   #8

 

Wow. This makes me curious again, and I apologize for doing something that can test a person's patience. I'm just dumbfounded:

What's the exact way that you tried to access "D:\Documents and Settings\[username]\AppData\Roaming"? Did you just type this into the address bar? Did you open up the D: drive and open each folder until you arrived at Roaming? How did you do it?

Here's the big one: it still said "D" and not "C"?
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12 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

No problem, I'm as curious as you are! (Although it's no longer urgent, now I've retrieved the data I wanted).

I originally navigated there folder-by-folder in Explorer. I tried just now by typing the path into the address bar, and I get exactly the same result. As for the big one: yes, the address bar still reads "D:\Documents and Settings\[username]\AppData\Roaming", while it's actually showing me the contents of that directory on my C: drive.
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12 Jan 2013   #10

 

Well, at least you got your data.

Do the Properties of these folders and their contents match those on C:, including dates and times for creation, last accessed, last modified, etc.?
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