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Windows 7: Reinstalled Win7 Ultimate from CD now want to go back

13 Jun 2018   #1
easternshore

Win7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Reinstalled Win7 Ultimate from CD now want to go back

I reinstalled Win7 Ultimate from the CD and now want to use windows.old to go back. I reinstalled because I thought it may have been corrupted because of power outages while I was online. I apparently did not do it right because all of my documents, pictures, installed programs, and data such as AutoCad drawings, etc. are not in the new install. I have looked for many hours on how to do this buy find the instructions confusing and sometimes contradictory.

Where are the latest correct instructions?


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13 Jun 2018   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

You didn't happen to back up your hard drive before doing the reinstall, did you?

What kind of reinstall did you do? Did you overwrite only what was in the Windows folder? If that's what you did, then everything outside of the Windows folder should still be there. Make sure you are logged in with Administrator rights when you are searching on your hard drive for the docs, pictures, etc.
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13 Jun 2018   #3
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi easternshore, welcome to Seven Forums,

In addition to mrjimphelps answer, these might help you:

What is in Windows.old Folder?

What does Windows.old folder contain?

I hope this helps!
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13 Jun 2018   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...windows-instal

If you want to do it visually instead of using the commands in the above link , you can use this boot media. You will be able to see what you are doing.

64 bit boot media
17514x64-v5.iso

32 bit boot media
A23x86.iso



It is quite easy -I have done it several times.
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13 Jun 2018   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Easternshore. This Forum tutorial might help you.

Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation - Windows 7 Help Forums

If the above does not work you will have to reinstall Windows again from the Windows DVD. However, when you do a fresh install you will lose all your documents, pictures & data files & any installed software programs, which will have to be reinstalled. So you do need to keep this in mind, so perhaps you can now see why a regular back up image of computer is virtually essential.

It seems that SIW2 & I have much the same suggestion, so you pick which one you can try.
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13 Jun 2018   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1. Boot into the media I provided above.

2. From within that booted media, create an empty folder on your Windows partition and give it a name e.g. win7

3. MOVE the following folders from your windows partition INTO the win7 folder you just created:

Windows
Users
Program Files
Program Files (x86)
ProgramData

4. MOVE the following folders FROM Windows.Old folder onto your Windows partition:

Windows
Users
Program Files
Program Files (x86)
ProgramData
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13 Jun 2018   #7
easternshore

Win7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I need some specific instructions on 1. "Boot into the media I provided above." It seems to be an iso file, which if I execute I'm not sure what it's purpose is or what it does.
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13 Jun 2018   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can burn the iso as an image to a cd/dvd. Then restart the machine and select cdrom /dvdrom as the boot device.

Or you can extract the iso to usb using rufus or this:
Usb7ice.zip

The restart the machine and select usb as the boot device.

You must know how to boot from cdrom or usb because you installed win7.


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13 Jun 2018   #9
easternshore

Win7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Why do I have to boot from the A23x86.isofile? Why cant I just move those files without doing that? i apologize here, please forgive my ignorance.
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13 Jun 2018   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can't move those system files from within windows.
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