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Windows 7: Revert Back to RC from 7 ultimate install?

21 Jan 2010   #21


is there any simpler way than rolling back the windows.old folders. i really just need to be able to boot the windows.old. i like the ultimate version i just need the programs off RC for a bit until i get everything transfered over

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2010   #22
Microsoft MVP


You overwrote the RC and it is only because of this miraculous MS workaround can you roll back to a completely overwritten OS.

Had you used free Win7 Backup Imaging then, yes, you could reimage the RC in 15 minutes using the Win7 DVD.

But to be able to boot an uninstalled, overwritten OS is almost always out of the question.

So make the most out of one of the rarest exceptions to an impossible situation by using the MS KB to roll back the windows.old folder as SIW2 instructed above.

Good luck. Once you get it rolled back, I provided you with another workaround so that you can Upgrade in-place the RC back to Ultimate while saving all your programs, settings and files and having perfect performance.

Both of these are nearly unheard-of fixes to problems which would otherwise be impossible to fix.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2010   #23

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


Some of the program may run as they are - most will need to be installed. If you don't have the installers , and those are the ones you need - you're out of luck - you need to roll back to the RC.

It's not that hard. I could have done it already twice since my first post on this thread.

Just follow the steps - it's all there in black and white.

I will have to let Greg help you with this, if you don't mind, Greg.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Jan 2010   #24


lol alright boys, thanks for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2010   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

This should help :

1. Rename the existing Windows.old to VistaWindows.old

2. Rename Windows.old.000 to Windows.old

3. follow the ms kb - and remember to also move the Program Files (x86) in step 3 & 4.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2010   #26
Microsoft MVP


Will have to check back around noon EST

Si may be back before I am.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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