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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows.old

05 Jun 2016   #1
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Reinstalling Windows.old

I made a terrible mistake. Rather than go into details sufice to say I used my original disk and reloaded windows. I want to go back to my original windows. I have a folder called "windows.old" that contains all my old files. How do I replace my installed windows with the old folder?


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05 Jun 2016   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Bill,

You might see if this may be able to help.

Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation
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05 Jun 2016   #3
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 

I tried the program. When I enter the required verbage, I get the message "The system cannot find the file specified". I have double checked to be sure I entered the verbage exactly as shown. Any suggestions?
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05 Jun 2016   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Bill,
There is a BIG note in section 6 of that tutorial regarding that message.

Roy
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05 Jun 2016   #5
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Yes I know. I used to work with computers with DOS and I know about command prompts. I entered the commands exactly as prescribed and got the results I mentioned. Any help would be appreciated.
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05 Jun 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why didn`t you create a disk image of your original OS before you started ???
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05 Jun 2016   #7
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Before I reloaded the OS I had a backup drive with 5 disk images. I decided to do one more before I started but I started a clone instaed of an image and it erased all images. When I reloaded the OS, I could no longer access the external drive at first. Later on I could access it but no images or the clone existed. That is where I am now.
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06 Jun 2016   #8
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Restoring older OS

I reinstalled the OS from the installation disk. It seems as if the previous OS is listed here as windows.old. I tried the disk program recommended here and it didn't work. I also tried Microsoft's Kb971760 and it didn't work as well. Could I simply rename windows.old to windows and to rename the current windows to windows.old?
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06 Jun 2016   #9
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Use a digital camera and take a picture of the screen after you have entered a command and post it here. Please make sure it's readable.
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07 Jun 2016   #10
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Windows ven using ersus windows.old

All my communications are using my laptop which does not have any software for photo editing. I have been using Microsoft Os' since 3.0. The old ones were DOS based and I am used to entering commands at the command prompt. I made sure I was entering them correctly and even double checked them. Can I exchange the Windows folders as I asked?
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