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Windows 7: windows 7 ultimate installed over xp Pro

14 Dec 2009   #1
samIOW

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
windows 7 ultimate installed over xp Pro

Hello everyone,

I need some help please,

My wife has bought the above and installed it over my XP Pro (she thought she would surprise me)

Anyway my problem is that everything had disappeared now, Is there anyway that I can retrive them,

Thanks,

Sam


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14 Dec 2009   #2
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Check and see if you have a folder named 'windows.old'.

ken
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14 Dec 2009   #3
samIOW

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Hello Ken,

Yes I have.

Is that a good thing, if so How,

Sam
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14 Dec 2009   #4
M17x

Windiows & Home Premium
 
 

Well your wife certainly surprised you didn't she?
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14 Dec 2009   #5
samIOW

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

She most certainly did
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14 Dec 2009   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samIOW View Post
Hello Ken,

Yes I have.

Is that a good thing, if so How,

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

The Win7 installer is set up to not permit an upgrade-in-place from any version of XP to any version of Win7. A custom (clean) install is required, which would lose all installed programs and settings.
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14 Dec 2009   #7
samIOW

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samIOW View Post
Hello Ken,

Yes I have.

Is that a good thing, if so How,

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

The Win7 installer is set up to not permit an upgrade-in-place from any version of XP to any version of Win7. A custom (clean) install is required, which would lose all installed programs and settings.
I think she did a custom install on a computer which has 3 hard-drives, Hence the problem, I shall try the option you posted and hopefully it will revert back to XP and then I can install windows 7 on a clean drive,
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14 Dec 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

If the issue is that you simply want your old files which were overwritten, then they are in the windows.old folder.

You don't need to roll back to XP to access and retrieve your files from the windows.old folder. You can do that now, or at your own pace, then delete the windows.old file when you are sure you have them all.

However, as pointed out you still need to reinstall your old programs. Their folders may be in the windows.old folder, too, but they cannot run on your new OS until reinstalled using their installers/disks.

If you need any help finding any of the programs you're missing, ask back here.
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