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Windows 7: Windows 10 Upgrade Problems Pertaining to System Reserved Partition

01 Aug 2015   #11
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Did you do the free Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10? If so then the windows.old or Recovery folder within 10 now is the entire old Windows 7 install in case you decide within 30 days to roll it back, which choice is at Settings>Recovery or the bootable System Recovery options menu now.

BTW you also have the ability to always go back to Windows 7 using its Product key for reinstall or if you have a backup image. Then you can go back to Windows 10 again at any time which activation is now coded to your hardware.

It would only configure a Dual Boot if you installed it to a separate partition and kept the old Win7 drive plugged in.

I specifically gave you how to check Windows Updates were all installed but you didn't report back and instead asked me another question about drivers which I'd just answered. Please confirm you completed the steps I gave you instead of just asking again.

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02 Aug 2015   #12

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

Yes, I did the upgrade.

I see it now. Windows.old.

It seems to have also contain fragments of certain drivers, like the folder that Nvidia drivers would go into.

Is it safe to delete it, or within 30 days (as you mentioned) will it delete itself?

I typed 'Windows Update' into the taskbar and nothing came up. I am not completely used to Windows 10 yet so I do not know where I could find the updater. I checked in the Control Panel and could not find anything either.
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02 Aug 2015   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You can delete it, but as Greg mentioned if you would like to downgrade back to Windows 7 for any reason you will need this folder. It is our understanding at this time is that the folder will be deleted after 30 days in Windows 10 has passed. After that, you can't downgrade but would need to either restore from a backup (you should have had imaged Windows 7 prior to the upgrade) or a clean install.

Type "Windows Update" in the search box, not taskbar.


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25 Aug 2015   #14

Win7 Home Prem 64-bit

I had the same problem as OP, did all the steps provided by gregrocker, but it did not work. It got through all the installation of Win 10 (which is much further than I had gotten after trying several other techniques), but upon reboot got this screen...?

I assume I should download the Win10 ISO to create a Win10 boot disc and try to recover from there, and will start that process now, but seeing if there are any other thoughts?

any help appreciated, thanks!

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25 Aug 2015   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I believe, you can try with:
- Windows 10 recovery disk (USB actually)
- Windows 10 installation DVD/USB
(Third party, free)
- EasyRE Pro for Windows 10 (
- Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home (Lazesoft Recovery Suite Free, Free Windows System Recovery, Free Data Recovery, Free Windows Password Recovery, Free Disk Clone)
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