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Windows 7: How to relocate Win 7 and few more system folder to root directory.

14 Nov 2015   #1

Wndows 7 professional 64 bit
How to relocate Win 7 and few more system folder to root directory.

Hello, Thank you for reading my post to guide me.

My Win 7 became corrupted when I downgraded from Win 10. Hence I recovered Win 7 & and few more folders from Backup disk. Unfortunately, somehow, they are placed in wring folder. I need to move them under root directory, but Cut /Paste does not work. There is no option of "Location" in properties.

Location of these six folders and two files are: Drive (C) is name of folder under c:\

Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ Program Files (86) New
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ Program Files New
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ ProgramDataNew
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ Windows
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ Users
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ WINSSLOG
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ bootmgr
Disk C:\ Folder Drive (C) \ desktop.ini

I need to move all above \ Folder Drive (C) \ to root directory Disk C:\

Reason to move- current location causing problems in functionality.

I thank you in advance for you kind effort to guide me. Please, if writ up not clear, then, ask me to explain again

Thank you. and with regards,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Nov 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Have you tried the "move" function?

Keep in mind that these are protected folders and Windows may not let you move them, or cut/paste them to the proper locations. Add to that, the Windows registry isn't going to know where they are when you move them, meaning that Windows likely won't be able to see the files and use them.

I know it's a pain, but what I would do if I were in your shoes is to reformat and re-install Windows, rather than try to get a compromised installation running again. Make sure you back up important data before you do.

Just my $0.02
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Nov 2015   #3

Wndows 7 professional 64 bit
Thank you

Hello Mellon Head:
Than you for replying....not "Just your $0.02" but enormously valuable advise.
I never thought of "Move". Tried it and as you said, did not work.

I will take you advise, and save / reinstall as mentioned.

Thank you, and I really appreciate clear advise.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Nov 2015   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Well, I'm sorry that I couldn't have offered an easier solution, but I think that a reinstall is best.

Good luck with it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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