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

20 Jun 2011   #70
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You won't be able to do that completely from within windows.

To reinstall from the windows.old - you have to do it from outside your windows installation - use a boot disc.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chaffeypj View Post
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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13 Sep 2011   #71
bullfights

W764 & W764
 
 

Lordbob75, Hello I am typing letter for letter and still get the "System cannot find the file specified" on all of the first steps, i am 0 for 5 right now, and should i keep going?
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13 Sep 2011   #72
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Bull,

The drive letter for the Windows 7 drive/partition may not always be C: at boot. Do steps 4A-4D in the tutorial below using the diskpart command to see what the actual drive letter is for your Windows 7 drive/partition first. If you have the 100MB system reserved partition created during the installation of Windows 7, then I'm betting you'll probably need to use D: instead. Double check to be sure though.

File - Delete from Command Prompt


Afterwards, use that drive letter in the command in the tutorial on the first page of this thread.

Hope this helps.
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13 Sep 2011   #73
bullfights

W764 & W764
 
 

ahhh yes the D drive it should be, let me check that for sure thanks.

ok that worked, but in doing one step below I got "access denied":

Quote:
8b) When the previous Windows installation was a different version of Windows Vista or Windows Seven:
Code:
move /y c:\windows.old\users c:\
What to do now?

oh wait I typo'd, all shud be good, lol. mine is in d:\ and forgot to change it oops

well crap, it worked i guess, but it went back to the loop di loop that I have been getting regarding the Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer that I did in the first place,so I know it wont boot for shure, shet!

off to bed, hope I dont work tomorrow so I can fiddle with this again, if you have any pointers please let me know I'll check em out when I can.

going on day four...
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13 Sep 2011   #74
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

While this tutorial works, I am very much a fan of doing a pure clean install and moving the files over from an external drive (whether HDD or flash drive), as it works much better (and is much easier). If you can access the files from Windows.Old from within the new Windows install, you should be able to just copy and paste the ones you need out of that folder and into the new, correct directories without much fuss.

~Lordbob
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13 Sep 2011   #75
bullfights

W764 & W764
 
 

Yes like I initially said "it worked".... This tutorial works great not bashing that, my issue is the image i created is toast, I can see files fine in the windows.old, but just wont boot.

I wonder if I can undo the recent changes, ren windows windows.old3, or should i do another fresh install? Well by moving files from the windows.old folder, I wont be able to get emails in the same folders as before. I mean I can move the folders and import them but they end up in the storage folder instead of the inbox. I'd like to know how to get it to the inbox, plus what about the accounts? Wont be able to import those, how do I fix that?

More fun on the way......
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13 Sep 2011   #76
bullfights

W764 & W764
 
 

ok well what I did now was to go back and restart the tutorial and see what happens..... I had to follow the steps backwards, like when it says to ren windows windows.vista, I had to reverse it to "ren windows.vista windows", the same with the other three. once I did that I reset the boot sector, rebooted and all is fine, back to the fresh install.

One thing I have noticed is that there are two Users directory, one with the fresh install and the other with the windows.vista folder, the same with the programs and files. interesting, now I can easily move things around, lets hope I can get windows Live mail properly completed and then I can export files.

More to follow.

Like someone had mentioned in another thread, forgot which one, you can move your folders from one user folder (old) to the other. I was able to do that with all the email i have, all I needed to do was move all the emails from a "recovery" folder back to the original folder, then reset the passwords, and all ok. Now I can export all the messages to another drive and move that to another PC, which I have been trying to do, phew. thats about it for now. Almost there....
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07 Oct 2011   #77
ponty56

windows 7 ultamate 32 bit
 
 

So if i did a new upgrade from vista to windows 7 i can just go into windows.old and copy files such as microsoft word or macafee and past them in the new program files folder and wa laa it will be just as it was before.
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07 Oct 2011   #78
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ponty56 View Post
So if i did a new upgrade from vista to windows 7 i can just go into windows.old and copy files such as microsoft word or macafee and past them in the new program files folder and wa laa it will be just as it was before.
Files yes, programs no. You WILL have to reinstall all your programs.

~Lordbob
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07 Oct 2011   #79
ponty56

windows 7 ultamate 32 bit
 
 

Ok so my next qustion is if i backed up the c drive onto an external will i be able to find the program on there and install it back on c ?
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