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Windows 7: How to get back to a previous Windows 7 installation?

02 Jan 2015   #1
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to get back to a previous Windows 7 installation?

I have a Gateway NE56R with a x64 bit system. I re-installed Windows 7 but it messed up a lot of my settings so I want to go back to my old installation.

I still have my Windows.old folder, and I'm not very tech savvy...does anyone know the easiest way to go about this?

P.S. I tried following this: How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder but it says "If you are restoring back to a previous Windows 7 installation, you may need to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to that installation." and I have no idea what that last part means.

P.P.S I do not have the original Windows 7 installation CD.


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03 Jan 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The service pack 1 is just another update that you probably need not worry about.

You can get a Windows 7 iso from here. With that you can burn an installation DVD. Make sure you get exactly the one that is specified for the key on your COA sticker.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
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03 Jan 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It didn`t mess up any of your settings, when you re install windows it`s back to square 1. You have to make windows like you had it all over again.

Why did you re install windows ?
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03 Jan 2015   #4
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
It didn`t mess up any of your settings, when you re install windows it`s back to square 1. You have to make windows like you had it all over again.

Why did you re install windows ?
Haha, that's what I meant. Everything is just giving me trouble, even though I've installed all drivers from the gateway website and have restored my old settings.

I kept getting the BSOD, and nothing seemed to solve it. Someone suggested I re-install Windows, so I did. To the person's credit, I am BSOD-free.
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03 Jan 2015   #5
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The service pack 1 is just another update that you probably need not worry about.

You can get a Windows 7 iso from here. With that you can burn an installation DVD. Make sure you get exactly the one that is specified for the key on your COA sticker.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
Thank you, I'll try that!! Just to clarify, that will get me back to the exact condition my PC was in when I first turned it on, right?
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03 Jan 2015   #6
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The service pack 1 is just another update that you probably need not worry about.

You can get a Windows 7 iso from here. With that you can burn an installation DVD. Make sure you get exactly the one that is specified for the key on your COA sticker.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
Actually, just encountered a problem. My COA sticker says "X16-96072" but that's not on the above list.
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03 Jan 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's a Windows 7 Home Premium.
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03 Jan 2015   #8
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That's a Windows 7 Home Premium.
Oh, I thought I had to match the key on my COA sticker to those... Wouldn't this just give me a brand-new Windows? It wouldn't solve my problem, if so. I want to go back to exact configuration my PC was equipped with originally. Like a factory reset. Only I can't do that because I need my old Windows...

Ok, let me redirect this question: Is there a way I can get my hands on Gateway's factory configuration of my PC (NE56R12u) and download that?
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03 Jan 2015   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have to ask Gateway. They probably have an installation disk on their website or you have to call.
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03 Jan 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why would you want it back to that factory condition ? That`s the worst

As Wolfgang has said, a clean install of the same version that`s on your COA, either 32 or 64 bit is the best possible scenario.

And I seriously doubt your Gateway came with Ultimate, and there`s no need for it. Just install Home Premium if that`s what it came with.

And the only driver you might need from Gateway is the network drivers, just get online, run all rounds of windows update, then check device manager for any drivers that still need installing, then you go to Gateway for drivers.
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