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Windows 7: Emergency Windows 7 USB boot without reinstall?

1 Week Ago   #11
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I really can't tell you. I have never used xcopy, and I am not sure it will work from the recovery console.

You may want to look at Robocopy instead of xcopy ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script - Windows 7 Help Forums . I am not sure it will work in the recovery console.


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1 Week Ago   #12
newbie123

Windows 7, 8 & 10
 
 

I gave this a try using the commands posted (plus a few other basic ones posted elsewhere) and it worked great. Got everything I need and am ready to reset the old PC.

Thanks for all your help, essenbe.
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1 Week Ago   #13
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

You're very welcome. Glad everything worked out well for you.

If you need help with Windows 10, come over to tenforums.
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1 Week Ago   #14
newbie123

Windows 7, 8 & 10
 
 

Yes, I've been there...and will likely be there again at some future point! This forum family is among the best on the Internet for Windows support -- clear, thorough, and accurate tutorials on just about anything.

I should add a few points for anyone else trying this:

I added /c to the xcopy parameters -- it tells the system to continue copying even if it comes upon errors; useful in my case since some files were corrupt/unreadable.

If a folder in the path has a space in the name (i.e. is two or more separate letters or words), you need "quotes" around the path, since command prompt reads spaces as command termination points; I got errors a few times before looking that up.

So the final commands used went like this:

xcopy /e /i /h /k /c "C:\CopyFolderName\Folder Name w spaces" D:\PasteFolderName
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1 Week Ago   #15
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Good information. Thanks for telling us.
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1 Week Ago   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can also use cheriky

Example:

xcopy /cheriky "C:\CopyFolderName\Folder Name w spaces" "D:\PasteFolderName"

The Y switch means it won't prompt for confirmation if overwriting a destination file.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newbie123 View Post
Yes, I've been there...and will likely be there again at some future point! This forum family is among the best on the Internet for Windows support -- clear, thorough, and accurate tutorials on just about anything.

I should add a few points for anyone else trying this:

I added /c to the xcopy parameters -- it tells the system to continue copying even if it comes upon errors; useful in my case since some files were corrupt/unreadable.

If a folder in the path has a space in the name (i.e. is two or more separate letters or words), you need "quotes" around the path, since command prompt reads spaces as command termination points; I got errors a few times before looking that up.

So the final commands used went like this:

xcopy /e /i /h /k /c "C:\CopyFolderName\Folder Name w spaces" D:\PasteFolderName
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