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Windows 7: C:\Windows files are located in C:\Windows.old\Windows

04 Jun 2015   #21
gregrocker

 

Archie, I am not getting windows.old folder on Repair Installs.

I guess as an experiment before reinstalling or testing a Repair Install, one could try deleting the Windows.old folder in Disk Cleanup. Then if Win7 won't start run SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot
from disk CMD which might set the paths back to default.


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04 Jun 2015   #22
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Archie, I am not getting windows.old folder on Repair Installs.
I have performed repair installs a few (very few) times, and I got it everytime.

information   Information
If you performed repair install, upgrade install, or a custom install without formatting the drive for a clean install and selected to install Windows 7 on the same partition of the previous Windows installation, then you may have a C:\Windows.old folder left over in your new installation.
Windows.old Folder - Delete
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04 Jun 2015   #23
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Personally I'd run Disk Cleanup and remove the Windows.old folder to see what happens, if a clean install is going to be performed anyway it's irrelevant what happens. There has been no screenshot with the Windows folder expanded so there's no telling what's in that folder.
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04 Jun 2015   #24
ShinChan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, right now I'm running it right (finally). I reinstalled the OS using the method where you put the older OS inside a "Windows.old" and install the system normally. By doing it, the files were transfered to a "Windows.old.000" folder (because it needed another name) and it's all clean, now. Everything is right. I feel like in the end of a Disney movie, when everything is pretty good and everyone is happy.

Thank you, guys, for the support. *Marking as solved*
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05 Jun 2015   #25
gregrocker

 

As long as you stick with the steps in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 then you will have a perfect install for exactly as long as you do.

I would have deleted all partitions during the booted install, if not wiped the drive first to get it cleanest. I made this suggestion earlier and gave you the steps for the reinstall repeatedly.

If you did not do this then you may still have infection.

I don't know why you'd want to mess with another windows.old folder. It is not an acceptable backup solution and has obviously caused you problems possibly because of infection it still contains.
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05 Jun 2015   #26
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #25 by Greg.

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I don't know why you'd want to mess with another windows.old folder. It is not an acceptable backup solution and has obviously caused you problems possibly because of infection it still contains
You very well might transfer infection from the old folder to the new install.
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05 Jun 2015   #27
ShinChan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

With infection you mean the OS using the wrong "Windows" folder? It didn't happen because the system was no more "overlying" itself. Everything has been moved to a real "Windows.old" folder and the system was created around it.
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05 Jun 2015   #28
gregrocker

 

Serious infection has to be suspected in that level of corruption, hence the suggestion to wipe the drive first along with a tutorial for exactly how it's done during install from the booted installer's Command Line. Why was this ignored? If you had questions then you should have asked and not just ignored experienced advice.

Purposely staging the install to have a windows.old folder is doing the opposite of what was advised.
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