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Revert back to windows.old Windows 8.1 only for 1 thing

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7

    Revert back to windows.old Windows 8.1 only for 1 thing


    Hi guys,

    So I have a pretty nerve racking situation right now. Ive encrypted almost 50gb of files when I was on Windows 8.1. Great OS but I decided to go back to windows 7. I thought I was pretty much safe with everything, untill I realised that one of the partition had a huge folder that could only be opened from my account on windows 8.1 because I had encrypted it.

    Im hopeless and it seems my only option right now is reverting back to my windows.old. I need to get it back functional somehow only so I can decrypt the folder. Ive read about it a little bit and it seems to end in a buggy state when you do it. Thats not an issue for me! It seems because its so buggy perhaps thats why very few people recommend it and its also why i cant find a concrete guide.

    Please forum members guide me to something that could get my windows.old windows 8.1 to a functional state.

    Sincerely Djawed

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  2. #2


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    Sadly no replies
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971760

    Will this work for any OS including 8.1?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    the files where encrypted from within the windows 8.1 OS correct ??
    That encryption key is located within your Windows.old windows 8.1 OS ??..
    Restoring your old windows 8.1 may solve the problem with decrypting the files.. Or you need the decryption key..

    NOTE: to move windows files around you may not be able to this in a windows enviroment..

    If you have another harddrive ( i'll call it D:\ ) - copy all the files from within the Windows.old folder to the root of that harddrive D:\

    so you have what now looks like a normal HDD (ie = program files, windows, programdata, users folders etc )

    then from the command prompt (admin) type

    bcdboot D:\windows
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

    this will make that harddrive bootable using the current boot files and will show as a second windows version within your boot menu

    Need to have a second HDD as this will setup a dual boot scenario

    Note: their may be another option - but also not sure it will work either..
    Not sure you can boot the windows version from within the windows.old folder directly..
    to try that, from the command prompt (admin) type
    bcdboot C:\Windows.old\Windows
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

    The worst case is you will have two NEW boot entries in your Boot Menu that do not boot a valid OS
    Last edited by KYHI; 15 Aug 2015 at 08:33.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    thanks alot for your reply. Gonna try it right now

    Is hirens boot a good method to move the files?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    I have a recovery environment in my sig below - that is what I use..

    if you have enough disk space - you could shrink a partition and create another partition - then copy the windows.old files to it - then make that partition also bootable - thus dual boot same HDD

    Above is dual boot - different HDD

    Windows 7 is one of those OS's I just skipped over - went from Vista to windows 8
    So not sure what options are used to rollback a prior OS from within windows 7
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    First command bcdedit c:\windows worked

    But the second command bcdedit /set displaybootmenu 1 is giving me an error

    http://s24.postimg.org/kdmio3iyd/IMG...814_203126.jpg

    Did i do something wrong?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    I didnt have to do that second command. It works holy crap wow. Thanks a lot im a huge step in the right direction now! Now something else has got in the way however. It says


    "User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User Profile cannot be loaded."

    When I try to log in to my account.. Looking for solutions right now
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Djawed View Post
    First command bcdedit c:\windows worked

    But the second command bcdedit /set displaybootmenu 1 is giving me an error

    http://s24.postimg.org/kdmio3iyd/IMG...814_203126.jpg

    Did i do something wrong?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7


    Alright thanks for the heads up.

    There seems to be something wrong. I cant for the life of me get access to my account on the old windows. It says something about using a standard profile service.Click image for larger version
    Click image for larger version


    I cannot do anything. Cant even do a refrsh. Cant access pc settings or the whole metro thing either..

    I really just need access to my account so i can decrypt. I feel like im so close yet so far away .
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