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  1. #11


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    Did you do that after ugrading 7 to 8?

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    Yes I did it with Windows 7 and both the preview versions of Windows 8. If you installed the beta version of Windows 8 and upgraded to the latest build you could not upgrade to the later version. So when I upgraded to Build 8400 all my files (documents, photos, videos and music) were in windows.old. In order to restore those folders I drag and dropped the those folders into my latest installation of windows. If you are unsteady with drag and drop you can use copy and paste. The end result I had all my documents in my new installation. All I had to do was to reinstall the associated programs. That why I stated earlier, I am totally confused by the other post that the windows.old folder is useless. I suggest try it and see if it works, but I'm positively sure that it will.
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    You're right - it was easy before.

    However, I ran the upgrade of win8 rtm on a win7 install.

    That is not the same as installing from booted media.

    Tried the usual way of restoring Windows 7 from windows.old ( i.e a manual rollback to the previous o/s ) and ran into a couple of major problems.

    I know what the first one was - and I have a pretty good idea what the second issue was too.

    You should be able to use windows.old to fish out your documents, etc - which is what you did.

    You should also be able to use it for a manual rollback. That is where you get the problems now.
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