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Windows 7: fix my roll back boot.


31 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 
fix my roll back boot.

Ok, this seems to be the most knowledgeable forum out there, most places I have tried people don't even know what I'm talking bout.

So first, there is a thing call in-place upgrade, I believe it started in XP. This is where you install over the existing OS with the original CD. It replaces files but keeps your data. Windows 7 claims it dint have it but that's not true.

Here is how to do it.
How to Restore Your Files From the Windows.old Folder After Upgrading

Now my issue:

I did a in place upgrade from Windows 7 ult. to Windows 7 ult. ( same CD ). Setup did indicate all files and setting will remain so I proceeded. Everything went great until the final restart. Windows just said that it failed to upgrade and will now roll back my system. On reboot I saw my old "windows 7 64 boot option" and like an idiot I selected it just to see it it was done. To my surprise it didn't boot to the OS and instead finished the install that is said could not be completed. After that reboot I quick learned it was a new install. And on top of that Windows put a 32 bit windows 7 on there. Well no wonder if failed because you can install a 32 bit of a 64 bit.


So now I want to roll back but the boot loader option is gone. I do see the files windows made to the roll back, I just need to know how to set up the windows 7 boot loader to roll it back.

this is not the windows.old deal... ( again this is an in-place upgrade ) Most people dont even know about this.


here are the folders it made
$INPLACE.~TR
$UPGRADE.~OS
$WINDOWS.~LS
$WINDOWS.~Q


Here is most of my data

C:\$INPLACE.~TR\Machine\DATA
it has my old program folders, users, and windows folders.



Though its not organized right so I cant just fix the os from a UBCD, I have to tel windows do it. That or install a 64bit OS and try this all over, once these folder are made, I can try to swap them out for my good folders.



From what I know all I have to do is create the bootloader entry to roll back, so can any one here tell me how to do that.


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31 May 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There should be a file called rollback.exe - can't recall which of those folders it may be during in place install.

You will need to have a look ,from winpe you can shift+f10 to get cmd promt, then notepad >file >save to browse.
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31 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

How can I start widows pe? If I select restore, my computer boot to the window-ish Os, is that the same environment?

Also no hits on rollback.exe can I download it some where?
Should It know everything or is there also a missing in in file that went with it.

And 3rd, thx for the help, you're the first to understand.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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31 May 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

winpe is in the installation media. When you boot the install dvd/usb, the thing that boots up is winpe. It contains windows installation program ( setup.exe) and the windows system recovery tools.

Ther is tut to show you how to work it. See OPTION 2 here:

System Recovery Options
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31 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Ok that helps, so when I get to "system recover options" I dont use any of those option I just need to hit f10 and find this rollback file. So maybe I misunderstood you before. Will the rollback file exist on a ram drive or the CD? Because it does not exist on the current HD.
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31 May 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Because it does not exist on the current HD.

It is on the ramdrive in the sources folder, but your best bet is to try startup repair and see what it offers.

Failing that, if you have shadow copies, you should be able to restore the entire os from that.You will need better winpe, though.

What os are you able to use right now?
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31 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

tried the set up repair and selected each option. Unfortunately none of those options knows what the rollback data is, or Microsoft never though about a user wanting to do this. I didnt have shadow copying running. I did make a few restore points but for some reason they are gone. My guess is at some point a tool removed them?

I have quite a few systems in the house, right now I'm on the windows 7 32 bit that came of my above scenario. I also have 2 Windows 7 64 boxes, another 32 bit win 7, and 2 Xp systems.
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31 May 2014   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

I tried the command prompt and rollback said it could not roster my previous windows. It mentioned the installation log, where is that?
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31 May 2014   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Usually would be here C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\panther\setupact.log
You don't seem to have that, so could be here C:\Windows\panther\setuperr.log

Assuming windows is on C. It might have a different letter viewed from winpe.
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31 May 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

C:\Windows\Panther\setuperr.log is 0 bytes
ill go back in to winpe and try find it there.
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