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

11 Nov 2010   #40
Neophile

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi Lordbob,

I wonder if you have finished reading, as you said over a week ago. I would like to have a simple answer to my question, please, either affirmative or negative. Thanks.


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11 Nov 2010   #41
ursuchascene

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi Lordbob,

No i didn't. I just did a custom install w.o formatting the other drives.

Thanks for the reply.
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11 Nov 2010   #42
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ursuchascene View Post
Hi Lordbob,

No i didn't. I just did a custom install w.o formatting the other drives.

Thanks for the reply.
Other drives? Did you install Windows 7 to a new drive, or over your old installation?

~Lordbob
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12 Nov 2010   #43
ursuchascene

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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Other drives? Did you install Windows 7 to a new drive, or over your old installation?

~Lordbob
yes i installed it over my old installation..

thing is i tried to do an upgrade installation of windows 7 ultimate over the old one in drive c..but then i messed it up by removing the cd in the middle of the installation.. after that my pc wont start properly, seems like its trying to continue the installation but then it stops to an error even after putting the cd back..

and so i tried to do a custom install w/o formatting any drive (i have 2 drives; C: & D: ) hoping that i can restore some programs by following this guide..but yeah, it just gave me the "The system cannot find the file specified." after every code i entered..

till i gave up and tried something else..i took ownership of everything in the C: drive..then went to windows.old and cut everything there and moved it to C:.. (i followed this method the best i could on another site, forgot it so i cant show you a link..)but still, the programs won't work anymore..

edit: oh btw, the other method i tried didn't went well either..some were said missing and some can't be moved even after taking ownership and giving full control over the files..
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12 Nov 2010   #44
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Oh I see. Well, you can't do an upgrade, you have to do a clean install over it, especially if you have a corrupted install.

Also, this will not save your programs, merely your data. You will have to reinstall them anyways.

~Lordbob
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13 Nov 2010   #45
ursuchascene

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

i see...well thanks, it's clear to me now...damn, back to borrowing those cds..lalalala..
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14 Dec 2010   #46
Kari

 

Just one important point I noticed when restoring XP using Windows.old:

Step 7 in tutorial, four first commands are correct. But Documents and Settings in Seven is a junction point, which, correct me if I'm wrong, can not be renamed. It can only be removed, therefore the last command shown in step 7 should be:
Code:
rmdir "C:\Documents and Settings"
Other than that, these instructions are perfect. I have now tested on two different computers, both had XP Pro SP3 before installing Seven. I have now successfully restored XP on both rigs, following these instructions with the mentioned change.

After restoring SP, everything works perfectly, XP being exactly what it was before installing Seven. All previously installed applications and software like Office 2003, old games and so on. All settings were restored, from desktop wallpaper and icon placing to Outlook rules.

Here's a screenshot of commands needed, the same than in original tutorial with that one change:

Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation-upgrade_to_seven_108.png

Kari


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14 Dec 2010   #47
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Thanks Kari. Does my change look correct to you? I didn't have a chance to check it with XP.

~Lordbob
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14 Dec 2010   #48
Kari

 

Yes, it's OK.

Without removing the junction point, you get Access denied error when trying to move XP's Document and Settings from Windows.old to root. I spent weekend "practicing" all possible upgrade and "revert back to old OS" scenarios, doing several in-place upgrades, normal upgrades, clean and custom installs, and every time trying to revert Seven back to XP got this error. Somehow my small brain refused to understand why i couldn't rename it, until I got it. You just can not rename a junction point with built-in tools. But because it's just a junction point, there's nothing to loose removing it completely, you can always use mklink /J to recreate it if needed, so removing it is the simplest solution.

I have to say it one more time: Absolutely perfect solution to those who don't want to keep Seven. In my tests at least, everything went perfectly. Every single program worked as before, all files and settings intact.

It's very good to know this really works!

Kari
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14 Dec 2010   #49
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Thanks for testing that out Kari! Appreciated very much. Too bad I can't rep you...

~Lordbob
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