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

06 Apr 2011   #60

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

but the 'programs' in the 'Program Files' folder now are not JUST the Vista's ones ~~.

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06 Apr 2011   #61

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Don't understand the question.

You use exactly the same instructions for restoring windows 7 from windows.old, as you would if you were restoring Vista from windows.old.

You only use different instructions if you are restoring XP from Windows.old.

The concept is quite simple.

You have to do from outside windows - so boot 7 recoverydisc/dvd to get to command prompt.

1. Move your current windows files to a folder - call it anything you like - e.g. MYFOLDER.

Move the current Windows folder, Program files folder, program files (x86) folder, User folder, Program Data (you need to take off the system and hidden attributes ) - into "MYFOLDER"

Then delete Documents and settings.

2. Move the folders from windows.old to their previous locations on the drive, i.e directly onto the root of the drive, if your drive is c:

Move the previous windows folder from windows .old directly onto the partition, so it is now e.g. c:\Windows,

Do the same for the other folders in there.

3. Write the relevant bootsector code.

If you are restoring XP - use /nt52 switch, if you are restoring either Vista or 7 - use the /nt60 switch.
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01 May 2011   #62

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Hi sorry for my english hope you understad.
I had some problem with my pc. I have a packard bell with windows 7 home premium 64bit. After I clicked on an .exe file my pc crash down and I cannot start it anymore. it stops at the windows logo and it shout down again. It traied to restore system but it cannot. I traied in safe mode but nothing. I have 3 dvd for recovery the computer as new but I didn't want to lose my files so I downoad a windows 7 home premium 64bit setup, because I needed a clear version and I didn't know how to extract it from my recovery dvd, and I installed it on my pc but it didn't ask me if I wanted rapare my windows, it asked me just I wanted to install windows so I did it. Now I have the windows old folder and I read that I can restore this folder...but I have a questions....
I cannot go in the command prompt because my dvd with the windows installer doesn't ask me if I want to repare it goes to the installetion....maybe I downloaded a version modified....there is a way to have a good one? Maybe from my dvd recovery?
thank you very much
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02 May 2011   #63

windows 7 home premium 64bit's me again....
Or Can I copy and past the file into windows old using another computer? Can I put the hard dick intu another pc and do the copy and the past through it? Could be a solution?
Thanks again
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02 May 2011   #64

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

I am going to hope you meant disk in that last post...

So when you put in the Windows disk, it does not detect the old installation?

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02 May 2011   #65

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Sorry I meant disk yes....
I didn't understan what you mean...
I can see the old installation. I installed windows 7 when I cannot start my computer. It crash and I cannot star anymore. It stoped at the windows logo.But when I installed windows it didn't ask me if I wanted repare it. It ask me just if I want to install and that there was an old windows installed and that if I was gone on it would create a windows old folder and so it did. I have 3 dvd to recovery my pc but I didn't use them because the recovery setup will bring my computer as new, as it was created by parckad bell. I now that in the 3 recovery dvd there is windows setup but I cannot extract so to install a new one over my old one to start my computer again I downloaded one on internet but I think this is a slim version without the pannel with command prompt ecc ecc. It goes to the I don't know if I go on if it ask me again that there are a windows old folder and a windows installed....So I ask if there is a way to copy and paste the windows old putting tha hard disk into another pc and move the folder from windows old to windows like you did with command prompt.
Thank you. Sorry my english.
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20 May 2011   #66

windows 7 home premium 64

i put windows 7 ultimate over home premium will this still work?
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20 May 2011   #67

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benking View Post
i put windows 7 ultimate over home premium will this still work?
The process should still work, yes.

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20 Jun 2011   #68

win 7 ultimate 64 bit

I tried the method of restore as described on page one of the post but had zero success. I double checked my spelling and commands and always seemed to come with errors. I then found an older article which said you could restore fromt eh windows.old older and this interested me as I was in the middle of working on an important video project and needed to get back up and running asap. When I reinstalled using the windows.old files, taking ownership of each folder and cutting then pasting from.old to the new install folders. Everything seemed to be great but not all of the links to all my programs were restored. (this is the link to the article I am referring to: Restore your Win 7 PC fully from Windows.old folder) I was hoping someone with way more experience than mysself miht have a solution. I posted on the thread mentioned but it was last commented on in 2009 that I didn't expect a reply. I am not a true techie, I love to use technology like video editing and such but am not into the programming side so in that sense I am a newby but usually follow directions pretty well. Thanks in advance for any help!! PJ
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20 Jun 2011   #69

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

You will always have to reinstall the programs after a reinstall, but you can very easily copy files the way that was mentioned.

The only solution here is to reinstall the programs.

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