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Windows 7: Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation


13 Jul 2009   #79
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 
Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

How to Restore your Windows.old Folder into a New Installation

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07 Oct 2011   #80
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ponty56 View Post
Ok so my next qustion is if i backed up the c drive onto an external will i be able to find the program on there and install it back on c ?
You will need your installation disks/files to reinstall your programs regardless of what you do or do not backup.

~Lordbob

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26 Nov 2011   #81
ajansson

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I'm trying to move my files from one version of Windows 7 to another version of Windows 7 (don't ask - long story).
My old files are in Windows.old. I have done all of the steps listed in the tutorial (and always get 'the system can not find the file specified' after each step).
When I did step 9 it couldn't find the drive. I chose another one and it seemed to work.
Restarted my computer but nothing had changed. Its as if I had done nothing. Any suggestions?
Thanks
Audrey
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01 Mar 2012   #82
mick1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

This is a great TUT, By any chance how can i reload all my drivers with out going through to install each one of them can u help ?? thanks
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02 Mar 2012   #83
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mick1 View Post
This is a great TUT, By any chance how can i reload all my drivers with out going through to install each one of them can u help ?? thanks
They HAVE to be reinstalled, just like other programs.

This can only restore data.

~Lordbob
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02 Mar 2012   #84
mick1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mick1 View Post
This is a great TUT, By any chance how can i reload all my drivers with out going through to install each one of them can u help ?? thanks
They HAVE to be reinstalled, just like other programs.

This can only restore data.

~Lordbob
I have my Driver program ( software ) backed up every thing, My Question is if i ever need to re install, after i am don i can just re install my current drivers Right??
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08 May 2013   #85
hiteam9

Wind 7 Home Edition 64x
 
 
If i just want to install my drivers.

Hello.

I just want to keep my drivers. So basiclly i want to reinstall the computer but leave my drivers so i don't have to reinstall them (since i lost my cd). How could i do that? Which steps should i follow?

Cheers mate.
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08 May 2013   #86
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello hiteam9, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but drivers will have to be reinstalled.

If this is a store bought OEM computer, then you should be able to download the drivers for that specific brand and model of computer at it's manufacturer's driver download page.

If this a computer you built, then you should be able to download drivers for each device at their manufacturer's driver download page.
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15 Dec 2013   #87
BuzWeaver

 
 

I did a reinstall this evening and see that I have the Windows.old folder. This outline looks like it would be a very easy way to skip through a fresh program(s) install, but is it worth it? I'm okay with reloading the software again, but if this procedure works it would cut my load time tremendously. Also, could you not just Copy/Past the programs from both the 32/64 bit folders into the new 64/32 bit folders? Once that is completed, can you just delete the windows.old folder?

What is the best overall way to proceed?
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15 Dec 2013   #88
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Buz,

If you have the time, you would be much better off doing a clean install, but this would work.

However, if create a system image after getting everything setup how you like, then you could do a system image recovery to be able to quickly go back to how the system was when the image was created.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Dec 2013   #89
BuzWeaver

 
 

Thanks Brink, I'm torn between trying it and just reloading everything. I'm probably just going to reload it, but I would have liked to have migrated a few of the programs over. Once I'm finished loading the software, will it be safe to simply delete the Windows.old folder?

Do you know why I have an E: (Drive) appearing? What can I do about getting rid of this?


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