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Windows 7: upgrade vista 64 bit to windows 7

23 Nov 2011   #1
ARCHER1951

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
upgrade vista 64 bit to windows 7

HI!, everyone, completed an upgrade this evening from Vista 64 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. I appear to have lost all my files, ie pictures, documents, desktop. I dont think they have been deleted, and i didnt have a backup device. Any idea where they are hidden, or can i do a backwards re install with Vista 64 bit, then do a backup before installing again Windows 7

Thanks

John


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23 Nov 2011   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Look for the windows.old file under you C drive, they should be there.
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23 Nov 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

If you re-install Vista you stand even more chance of losing data.

As Dude suggests, look in your Windows.old folder, which should include what you're after.
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23 Nov 2011   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

One hint for future reference. When doing a Custom install Windows wraps a bunch of system files, as well as programs and stuff under Program Files, and sticks them in Windows.old.

I have a bunch of "no install" programs(meaning they don't need any Registry settings) in folders under C:\Utils. When I do a Custom install over it, all I lose are the shortcuts. I just drag shortcuts for my favorite programs and I have all those little utilities I've grown used to, like hotkey tray apps, while I'm setting up the other stuff. It's really annoying when you hit a hotkey by conditioned reflex and nothing happens. Good to keep that kind of stuff in a folder that doesn't get wrapped.
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23 Nov 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You did a clean install if you have a windows.old folder, not an in-place Upgrade.
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24 Nov 2011   #6
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You did a clean install if you have a windows.old folder, not an in-place Upgrade.
Okay, I'm confused, ops first sentence was....HI!, everyone, completed an upgrade this evening from Vista 64 bit to Windows 7 64 bit.
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24 Nov 2011   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

We won't know anything until OP posts again. Which may never happen. :)
Every time I got a Windows.old folder it was from running a Custom Install.
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24 Nov 2011   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Sometimes OP's will refer to a Custom install as an Upgrade because they are using an Upgrade version.
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