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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by rooo, Nov 25, 2011.

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  1. rooo

    rooo Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2011

    I'm helping a friend and need assistance please. He was having trouble with his computer and decided to use the "system restore" disc that came with his Dell laptop. During this process, he must have chosen to put an additional instance of Vista on his computer instead of wiping out the old one (this is my best guess). The result is that the computer boots to the new installation (which I've updated to SP1 at this point), but all of the other settings, etc. exist in a windows.old file, which is taking up nearly 100% of his hard drive.

    Basically what I'd like to do is preserve a lot of the data and some of the programs from the windows.old file and then delete the rest to free up a lot of the space it's taking up. I just don't want to screw anything up. Suggestions? Is manual the best way to go? Will program files (like Photoshop) transfer just by dragging them from one folder to the next?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

  2. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    Most programs have their own settings and whatnot stored in the registry, so copying files from old to new won't do. In your case, it is stored in the old registry, which you cannot access. You need to have the program discs to reinstall the program.
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