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Windows 7: Windows XP to 7 question

07 Jan 2010   #11
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

ya, i planned to just cut/paste the windows.old program files i moved back into the windows.old folder. i thought they would be functional, but I guess not.


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07 Jan 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

The reason Programs must be reinstalled is because they install into dozens of registry keys (the computer's "switchboard") and elsewhere, so there is no way to do that just by moving a file back into Programs FIles.
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07 Jan 2010   #13
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
windows. old

i just deleted them myself as they seem to be unuseable anyway ,BUT CHECK BEFORE DELETING,gives you back some gbs
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07 Jan 2010   #14
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You got back quite a bit. gbs
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08 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gaz View Post
i just deleted them myself as they seem to be unuseable anyway ,BUT CHECK BEFORE DELETING,gives you back some gbs
Windows.old is such a huge file I would not only delete it after being sure you have all you need from it, but clean up after it with CCleaner using "Run Cleaner" and Registry tab

then use state-of-the-art free Auslogics Defraggers to reorder files.
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08 Jan 2010   #16
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

i checked the control pannel -> programs and features. there were only like 3 things listed there. If i look at the program files from Date Created, is it safe to say any folder created after i installed Windows 7 are from Windows XP? im not even sure, because there are folders I thought were originaly in the Windows 7 program files folder that are from July i think
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08 Jan 2010   #17
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Just a thought, when you install Win 7 that should be your first restore point surely that is before you transferred any prog's from win.old, go back to that point and you won't have to delete anything.

Smitty
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08 Jan 2010   #18
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

how do i perform a restore point? will that work? will that bring back anything I deleted after upgrading to Windows 7?
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10 Jan 2010   #19
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

Smitty, how do i perform a restore point? will that work? will that bring back anything I deleted after upgrading to Windows 7?
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10 Jan 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

Look in All Programs>Accessories>System Tools for System Restore. Show all restore points and see if there is a restore point before you copied the files into Programs.

If so, select it and see what Programs will need to be reinstalled as a result of restoring. Make your decisiion, which is reversible by simply undoing the Restore Point in the same place.
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