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Reverting changes made by windows refresh PC?

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    Reverting changes made by windows refresh PC?


    So due to my computer not being able to start, I choose the option to refresh pc because it says it will remove apps. Well, how do I know that apps = programmes and not just those fancy things that run on metro.

    Regardless, I refreshed and the pc was able to function normally again but I want my programmes back. System restore shows up nil.

    So please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post
    So due to my computer not being able to start, I choose the option to refresh pc because it says it will remove apps. Well, how do I know that apps = programmes and not just those fancy things that run on metro.

    Regardless, I refreshed and the pc was able to function normally again but I want my programmes back. System restore shows up nil.

    So please help.
    Hi LOL500:
    There should be a list of your apps pinned to your desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post
    So due to my computer not being able to start, I choose the option to refresh pc because it says it will remove apps. Well, how do I know that apps = programmes and not just those fancy things that run on metro.

    Regardless, I refreshed and the pc was able to function normally again but I want my programmes back. System restore shows up nil.

    So please help.
    Hi LOL500:
    There should be a list of your apps pinned to your desktop.
    I know, so how do I recover them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post

    I know, so how do I recover them?
    Unfortunately you have to reinstall them yourself.
    If I'm not mistaken, the list is an HTML file and opens most links to the program(s) website.
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    the program still exist?
    If Allows enter Safemode you can back up your data in safemode
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post

    I know, so how do I recover them?
    Unfortunately you have to reinstall them yourself.
    Wait...under my C drive, I see a folder named windows.old and it contains all my old files! I don't know if it's complete or not but can I rename this folder and replace my programe folder?

    I figure all registry values will be reentered when I run these apps again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post

    I know, so how do I recover them?
    Unfortunately you have to reinstall them yourself.
    Wait...under my C drive, I see a folder named windows.old and it contains all my old files! I don't know if it's complete or not but can I rename this folder and replace my programe folder?

    I figure all registry values will be reentered when I run these apps again.
    Retrieve files from the Windows.old folder - Microsoft Windows Help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LOL500 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post

    Unfortunately you have to reinstall them yourself.
    Wait...under my C drive, I see a folder named windows.old and it contains all my old files! I don't know if it's complete or not but can I rename this folder and replace my programe folder?

    I figure all registry values will be reentered when I run these apps again.
    Retrieve files from the Windows.old folder - Microsoft Windows Help
    Oh thanks, what a relieve.

    And why does windows recommend disk cleanup if you want to delete this folder? Wouldn't shift+delete be faster?
    And does renaming the folder allow me to keep it for more than 28 days?
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