Restoring Windows® installation by Windows.old
Do you want to know about restoring a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder after installing Windows 7? Read on.
Windows 7 is a user friendly operating system but you may still sometimes need to go back to previous installation because of few unavoidable reasons. You need to go back to earlier version if you do not have the drivers for Windows 7 operating system. Windows.old is a folder in the C drive of your system that allows you to copy files from your older installation of operating system. This can happen after you have upgraded the operating system to Windows 7 or did custom installation of this operating system. Windows.old folder in your system contains folders named Windows, Documents and Settings and Program files. But sometimes you need to restore the operating system back to previous versions manually using Windows.old folder. If Windows.old folder exists in your Windows 7 only you can restore the earlier Windows installation using Windows.old. Other ways for restoration includes use backup and restore utility in Windows 7.
Requirements of restoring a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder after installing Windows 7 are given below:
- Deletion of Windows.old
- Ensure memory space in drive
- Problem free operating system
Deletion of Windows.old
Restoration of operating system from Windows 7 is possible in your system only if the Windows.old folder is present in it. If you have deleted the Windows.old or if any of the files in Windows.old is missing, you cannot do the restoration effectively. Once you have opted for disk clean up and remove Windows.old from the C drive the restoration need to be done by any other means.
Ensure memory space in drive
Restoration is the process of setting the previously used operating system again in your system. So these needs to have enough free space in your C drive partition of hard drive to accommodate the old operating system. If the memory space is not enough you cannot restore using Windows.old folder. As restoration using Windows.old is done with the help of command prompt and during the process you need to check whether the free space is available in C drive or not.
You can easily restore the old operating system without much effort. But make sure the old operating system is a problem free one. That is, if you don’t have essential drivers in the old operating system, you don’t need to waste time in restoring it. So to use the operating system effectively you must do restoration process only the old operating system is the one having good performance.
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