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Windows 7: Quick Installation Question


04 Jan 2010   #1

Vista Basic / Windows 7
 
 
Quick Installation Question

Ok so vista has screwed up on my bros laptop, it doesnt load past the logo and i cant do system restore and it doesnt detect any problems, so instead of trying to figure out whats wrong with it and stuff im just gna install my copy of Windows 7 on it.
Now the thing is that i want to be able to find some of the files that are currently on there now when im using windows 7.
When i installed windows 7 beta on my laptop (clean install) that had a broken copy of xp on it, it copied all the xp files onto the other harddrive(D) and went ahead and installed Windows 7 onto the normal harddrive (C).
Now when i install windows 7 onto the laptop with the broken win vista on it, will it do the same sorta thing (copy the current files onto the other harddrive or a folder) so that i can access them when i load up Windows 7 after its installed.

im asking this because on the clean install option it says that current files and settings will not be saved (something like that)

Thanks, any help would be appriciated, ask if i didnt make something clear.
THANKS


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04 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Try booting into the Vista DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair repeatedly.

If this fails, boot back into DVD Repair console, select Command Line and type:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

Reboot, if those don't work, try this:

Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

Reboot, if it won't start then boot DVD again to try Startup Repair repeatedly.

If Vista will still not startup, post here in General forum a call for help/apps to recover your data, titled exactly so it gets the most help from those who know about that.
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04 Jan 2010   #3

Vista Basic / Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The only way to assure you will get the windows.old folder with all of the previous OS files in it is to start the clean install from that OS.

Try booting into the Vista DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair repeatedly.

If this fails, boot back into DVD Repair console, select Command Line and type:
Yeah thanks for the help, i didnt work.
Im gna just go ahead and install Windows 7, i dont think there actually is any files on there that i need to get. if i dont get the windows.old folder i wont mind.
Thanks anyway, its just that i need it to be working tomorrow morning and trying to figure out whats wrong with the vista and fixing it mightve taken to long so just installing Windows 7 sounds better to me. Bye
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04 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

How many times did you run Startup Repair? Sometimes needs up to three reboot attempts to try its various fixes.

Did you select it from the list, or choose the repair offered when you booted in (rarely works).
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04 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

As long as you do not format the HDD/Partition if you boot up the Windows 7 DVD it will put the old OS into Windows.old.
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04 Jan 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

So your files may well be there in the root (C) drive in a windows.old folder.

Just don't format when you do your install, although supposedly the installer does it for you anyway.
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04 Jan 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should get the Windows.old folder if you boot the 7 dvd , when you get to the screen asking where you want to install, just highlight the partition and click Next - do not format it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by walker01 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The only way to assure you will get the windows.old folder with all of the previous OS files in it is to start the clean install from that OS.

Try booting into the Vista DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair repeatedly.

If this fails, boot back into DVD Repair console, select Command Line and type:
Yeah thanks for the help, i didnt work.
Im gna just go ahead and install Windows 7, i dont think there actually is any files on there that i need to get. if i dont get the windows.old folder i wont mind.
Thanks anyway, its just that i need it to be working tomorrow morning and trying to figure out whats wrong with the vista and fixing it mightve taken to long so just installing Windows 7 sounds better to me. Bye
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04 Jan 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Si, have been told if you don't format HD the installer does it anyway during Copy phase.

Wouldn't this preclude windows.old being saved, if correct?
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04 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Si, have been told if you don't format HD the installer does it anyway during Copy phase.

Wouldn't this preclude windows.old being saved, if correct?
I've installed Windows 7 way too many times to count and it has never formatted the HDD unless I told it to do so. o.o
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04 Jan 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Si, have been told if you don't format HD the installer does it anyway during Copy phase.

Wouldn't this preclude windows.old being saved, if correct?
I've installed Windows 7 way too many times to count and it has never formatted the HDD unless I told it to do so. o.o
How would you know?

Have also installed Windows 7 more times that I can count, but have always formatted my HD on any OS I've installed which is why I asked.

Thank you.
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