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Windows 7: Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

15 Dec 2013   #90

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuzWeaver View Post

Do you know why I have an E: (Drive) appearing? What can I do about getting rid of this?

That partition usually doesn't have a letter, somehow it was given one and now it will show in my computer,

You can just remove the letter,

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

Then it wont show anymore.

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16 Dec 2013   #91


Thanks everyone and Derek, I did change the Drive Letter, then did a Remove and its no longer showing. I appreciate all the help and suggestions.
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17 Dec 2013   #92

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

You're welcome. :)
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10 Oct 2014   #93

Windows 7 Home Premium (2) Windows 7 Pro (1)

That's some neat work.Now I have to buy a old laptop just to try this.
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15 Oct 2014   #94

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Is there any way to do this without using cmd on the recovery disc? Every time i try to use the recovery disc it tells me my os is incompatible. Can you run cmd through shell?
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18 Jun 2016   #95
New to windows

Windows7 ultimate x64
Question about cmd

My computer is in norwegian and all the files to. Does this affect what I shoud write as the files names?
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18 Oct 2016   #96

Windows 7 Pro x64

Very nice tutorial ! BUT....
When I start the Repair Option from the DVD it asks me if I want to repair the OS which is on drive H ! When I check drive H, there's NO windows (I never put it there anyhow!) When I "DIR" my C: windows is there, windows.old is there... So when I start copying like the tutorial describes, nothing can be found ... nothing can be copied...
The reason why I want to reinstall the .old version is that I "accidentally" did a clean install over my "old (and defective)" Windows.
Windows didn't start anymore, so I wanted to do a "repair" with my original DVD. Too bad I didn't notice immediatly that there's no repair option on my (OEM!) disk, and thought that at some point it would ask me to repair or clean install. But it didn't ask me anything, and before I knew it was doing a clean install. Now I downloaded the "repair-including-DVD" through a link I found here.
So first I want to reinstall my old (and defective)version, and then (try to!) do a repair.
What went wrong in the first place ... I guess I'll have to post it in another forum :) but if you want, I'll explain it here... it has something to do with putting the computer in sleep mode ...
If any one has a sollution for (at first) putting my "old" OS (on H: ?!) back, then I can TRY to repair it.
Thanks in advance, guys !

Maybe someting to mention : I have a bad HD in my system, it's been there for a loooong time, I never disconnected it out because "everything" kept working (of course I lost everything what was on it, but I had a backup... :) )
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21 Oct 2016   #97

Windows 7 HP 64

The instructions on the Tutorial are for Windows 32 bits.
For Win 7 64 bits, attached is the Restore.cmd.txt file.
Print this instructions so you're able to follow later.
Download it and place at the root of C:.
Rename it to Restore.cmd
Do NOT execute it under Windows or it will screw all your installation.

Backup all your data from C: drive.
Disconnect all other drives from MB. Very important

Boot with the Windows installation disk.
In the Install Windows window, select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard input method or other input method, and then click Next.
In the Install Windows window, click Repair your computer.
In the System Recovery Options window, click the version of the Windows 7 operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
In the System Recovery Options window, click Command Prompt.

The Command Prompt window opens, and it displays the command prompt. The command prompt is where you will type the commands that are described in the following steps.

C: (enter)
dir (enter)

If you see a Windows.old folder you're on the right disk.
type Restore.cmd (enter)

It will restore your old Windows
I don't think you will need to execute the command D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 C: if you are restoring from Win 7 to Win 7.

Type exit (enter)

If everything was correct, you will be booting on the old installation.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2018   #98

Windows 7

I have a problem with these instructions. I don't have a Document and Settings to move from in my windows.old directory. What do I do now? I'm using Win 64.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2018   #99

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

I'm not familiar with this process but if you don't have a docs and settings old then you should just be able to ignore both commands involving that folder.
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