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Recover a Windows 8 installation from a Windows.old

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    Win 7/8

    Recover a Windows 8 installation from a Windows.old


    So, my laptop first had Win 7, then I installed Win w shortly after, but I've been having problems, and like a leek ago I got back to Win 7. But later I found out the problem had nothing to do with Win 8, and now I want to come back to Win 8 without having to start over. I still have the Windows.old here, and I've googled how to do it, but all "Win 8 Windows.old related" stuff I found were actually to come back to Win 7, not the inverse. So, is there a way to boot from Windows.old or something, or all I can do is just recover my personal stuff from there?

    Thanks. :)

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    I wouldnt bother restoring from the .old folder it'll leave you with a very tempremental buggy OS. I know because ive tried it , shortcuts dont work file associations screw up files go missing and i ended up with two of everything ha ha. Trust me on this its a bad idea
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    Best to reupgrade your system instead of recovering from the .old folder.
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    Win 7/8


    Okay then, thanks for the help. But is there a "safe" way to backup a Windows OS?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can use the Windows system image, as the Bootable Recovery CD/DVD/USB.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or

    I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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