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Windows 7: deleted my MBR(error) reinstalled windows. can i return to my previous

29 Aug 2013   #1
SSGT

Windows 7 home Premium x64
 
 
deleted my MBR(error) reinstalled windows. can i return to my previous

A few days ago i set up a virtual pc with my primary win7 and ubuntu as the other. After a few days i decided to remove ubuntu. Unknowingly i deleted my mbr which im sure you all know i couldnt run windows. I got my hands on my Win7 disk to reinstall thinking it would give me all of my information back but instead i basically got a whole new computer with all of my my old settings in a file called windows.old. Is there anyway i can restore my old settings i.e old user name and all of my documents? I want to bring cybertron (My old windows set up) to Earth (the brand new installed settings)<---for allmy transformers darkside of the moon fans lol. Thank you for any advice.


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29 Aug 2013   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, you can boot into another os (preferably winpe) and make another folder windows.new. Move your new windows folders into that.

Then open windows.old and move all the folders out of there back onto the root of the drive.

Like the link below- note, you don't need to do steps 5 and 6 as you are going from win7 to win7.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder
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29 Aug 2013   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Unless you made a system backup image, such as created by software similar to Macrium Reflect, you may be out of luck. In the future it's a good idea to make such an image and store it on an external drive. Once you had removed Ubuntu and put the partiton back the way it was, you should have been able to boot the Windows disk in repair mode and copied the MBR onto your HD.

Also some Linux distros have an uninstall procedure to copy back the original MBR it save during the install. It's just one disk sector. You can probably find MBR savers on the web for free.

edit: I see SIW has the procedure. So you may be ok. But next time keep in mine an image restore may take less than an hour is is likely to go without a glitch. Wheras move of system files and registry around almost always involves headaches.

So I would recommend getting Macrium Reflect Free or a similar product such as Easus ToDo Backup etc..
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29 Aug 2013   #4
SSGT

Windows 7 home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, you can boot into another os (preferably winpe) and make another folder windows.new. Move your new windows folders into that.

Then open windows.old and move all the folders out of there back onto the root of the drive.

Like the link below- note, you don't need to do steps 5 and 6 as you are going from win7 to win7.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder
Thank you Sir.
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29 Aug 2013   #5
SSGT

Windows 7 home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Unless you made a system backup image, such as created by software similar to Macrium Reflect, you may be out of luck. In the future it's a good idea to make such an image and store it on an external drive. Once you had removed Ubuntu and put the partiton back the way it was, you should have been able to boot the Windows disk in repair mode and copied the MBR onto your HD.

Also some Linux distros have an uninstall procedure to copy back the original MBR it save during the install. It's just one disk sector. You can probably find MBR savers on the web for free.
i guess the back up would be the windows.old file
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29 Aug 2013   #6
SSGT

Windows 7 home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, you can boot into another os (preferably winpe) and make another folder windows.new. Move your new windows folders into that.

Then open windows.old and move all the folders out of there back onto the root of the drive.

Like the link below- note, you don't need to do steps 5 and 6 as you are going from win7 to win7.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder
im going to try that right now hopfully it works but again thank you that makes a lot of sense.
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31 Aug 2013   #7
SSGT

Windows 7 home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, you can boot into another os (preferably winpe) and make another folder windows.new. Move your new windows folders into that.

Then open windows.old and move all the folders out of there back onto the root of the drive.

Like the link below- note, you don't need to do steps 5 and 6 as you are going from win7 to win7.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder
do i need to download winpe before i go to the link because i tried everything it told me to do. i kept getting system could not find file after each prompt and i know that there is a windows.old file there.
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31 Aug 2013   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SSGT View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Unless you made a system backup image, such as created by software similar to Macrium Reflect, you may be out of luck. In the future it's a good idea to make such an image and store it on an external drive. Once you had removed Ubuntu and put the partiton back the way it was, you should have been able to boot the Windows disk in repair mode and copied the MBR onto your HD.

Also some Linux distros have an uninstall procedure to copy back the original MBR it save during the install. It's just one disk sector. You can probably find MBR savers on the web for free.
i guess the back up would be the windows.old file
I doubt Windows.old backs up the MBR. The easiest most direct way is a USB bootable utility that just saves and writes the MBR.
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01 Sep 2013   #9
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Did you make a Windows 7 Repair Disc? I am in the process of getting mine running with it. Used it to rewrite the MBR.
Good luck!
Glenn
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01 Sep 2013   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can acces winpe (winre) from your win7 installation disc. Boot it up. When you see the "Install Now" screen, press shift+F10 to get the command prompt. Or select "Repair My Computer" at bottom left of Install Now screen. Then just follow the instructions on the link.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder


An easier way may be to d/l and boot up Paragon free rescue cd. Select Normal mode >File transfer Wizard. That way, you can see what you are doing. Rescue Kit Free Edition - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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