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Windows 7: Windows.old folder question

26 Nov 2009   #1
jack wells

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Windows.old folder question

Well basically, I had that folder on my computer, but I didn't know, and I was having problems the moment I downloaded w7 so I re-installed it. The windows.old folder got updated with my windows 7 OS and the prevents contents of the folder (from my old OS Vista) was deleted. Is there any way for me to get that windows.old folder containing my Vista OS information in it? Or is it long gone?

edit: I am asking this because I want to revert back to vista


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26 Nov 2009   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I haven't done that - do you not get two Windows.old folders in that situation?

Have a look inside the Windows.old folder you can see now on your drive.

You may find the Vista one inside it.
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26 Nov 2009   #3
jack wells

w 7
 
 

Well I do have the windows.old folder, but as I was reading the tuturials here, they can be different names. I do have 2 folders that are the same as windows.old: $WINDOWS.~Q and $INPLACE.~TR

$WINDOWS.~Q is the w7 infomation folder
$INPLACE.~TR

I guess I should've posted that in main post, but I was wondering, would it be safe to revert back to vista from $INPLACE.~TR even though it said that it was last modified like 1 hour before the $WINDOWS.~Q was created (so during the installation of w7 the 2nd time, the $INPLACE.~TR got modified)?
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26 Nov 2009   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you look inside the yellow Windows.old folder you currently have?

If the contents of the partition are saved into Windows.old during install - then surely as the VistaWindows.old folder was on the partition - it must be in there too.
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27 Nov 2009   #5
jack wells

w 7
 
 

There is no VistaWindows.old folder
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27 Nov 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Jack,

Sorry, but you can only use the C:\Windows.old folder to revert back to the previous OS.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

Unfortunately, if the Windows.old folder was changed or deleted and no longer contains the files from your previous Vista installation in it, then you will not be able restore the previous Vista from this.
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27 Nov 2009   #7
jack wells

w 7
 
 

Awesome..thanks for the help...I guess I have to live with the 20 BSOD everyday now
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27 Nov 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

or you could just do a clean (format) reinstall.....

Was this a store bought computer that came with Vista preinstalled? If so, then you may be able to do a factory recovery to have Vista back like it was the day you first turned it on.
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27 Nov 2009   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If you did a Custom install over Vista, and then did another one over Windows 7, then as SIW2 said there should be a set of your files inside the last Windows.old folder.

Do you have a windows.old folder? Not some-other-name-windows.old folder. One that is named "windows.old"?

Search inside the windows.old folder for another folder named windows.old and, if you are lucky, there will be a set of your original Vista files in there with your documents, etc.

After you salvage your files, then back them up externally (as should always be done anyway) and boot from your Windows 7 DVD and use Custom>Advanced drive tools to delete the partition, create a new one, and format before doing a real clean install.
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