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Hi, I'm just putting a fresh installation of windows onto my desktop pc & whilst going through the options etc it said that any files currently on there will be moved into a folder named windows.old. …
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi, I'm just putting a fresh installation of windows onto my desktop pc & whilst going through the options etc it said that any files currently on there will be moved into a folder named windows.old. That I would still have access to them but not the old windows installation(which I knew)
Now once the installation is complete is there anyway i can get hold of these files & erase them? They're mainly photos of the children so really want them off of it & didn't realise the fresh installation wouldn't erase them
Thanks for any help...
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Yes the folder will be in the root of your C: drive
#2
danmc
Yes the folder will be in the root of your C: drive


:? Can you explain that in simple terms, lol. I'm not very technical minded.:oops:
#3
Sounds like you ticked a wrong option somewhere. A totally fresh installation would format the disk and definitely wipe everything. The "old windows" files it refers to won't be your photos though, just windows files that you won't need to worry about and any photos will be where you left them.

Might be worth starting again and check the options as it begins....
#4
tallpete33
Sounds like you ticked a wrong option somewhere. A totally fresh installation would format the disk and definitely wipe everything. The "old windows" files it refers to won't be your photos though, just windows files that you won't need to worry about and any photos will be where you left them.

Might be worth starting again and check the options as it begins....


Hhhmm I'll try again once it finishes then. That was what I thought. Although there wasn't really any other options it was pretty straightforward to follow...or so I thought! :oops:
#6
1 Like #7
http://www.bootstrike.com/WindowsVista/cleaninstallvista.html

It's got pictures :lol


remember Custom Advanced
#8
You do have a backup of you kids photos and anything you want to keep from the hard drive though :yeah ?
#9
dontasciime
http://www.bootstrike.com/WindowsVista/cleaninstallvista.html

It's got pictures :lol


remember Custom Advanced
Think that may be where I went wrong actually!

dontasciime
You do have a backup of you kids photos and anything you want to keep from the hard drive though :yeah ?


Lol thanks...I'll see what happens with this installation and then go with the above :)

But yeh I did back them all up a couple of times too as they are so precious. I've been holding off clearing the pc for so long cuz of that!

Aah actually I didn't delete the partition.....

Thanks for your help, repped you!
#10
Ok, installation was fine...except i've installed home premium instead of home basics therefore the product key on the side of the pc is not valid. How do I downgrade to Vista Home basics? Any ideas?
banned#11
louiseb84;8801861
Ok, installation was fine...except i've installed home premium instead of home basics therefore the product key on the side of the pc is not valid. How do I downgrade to Vista Home basics? Any ideas?

do the install again using the original home BASICS vista disk.
#12
csiman
do the install again using the original home BASICS vista disk.


I would...if I still had the disc. The pc is about 3 years old & think it was lost when we moved 1.5yrs ago.
banned#13
louiseb84;8802995
I would...if I still had the disc. The pc is about 3 years old & think it was lost when we moved 1.5yrs ago.

you'll have to try and borrow one from someone or buy one or torrent download a copy.
#14
csiman
you'll have to try and borrow one from someone or buy one or torrent download a copy.


Thanks, I was searching google last night & that's what I found out. I don't know anybody with a copy, so would have to download it. Could you possibly point me in the right direction at all please?
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louiseb84;8803010
Thanks, I was searching google last night & that's what I found out. I don't know anybody with a copy, so would have to download it. Could you possibly point me in the right direction at all please?

seriously, it isnt easy if you dont knwo anything about it.

see [url]www.utorrent.com[/url] for software then search for torrent web sites for vista, then download a copy of vista, then burn to a dvd, then re-install.
banned 1 Like #16
or see ebay item

220619034384
#17
csiman
seriously, it isnt easy if you dont knwo anything about it.

see [url]www.utorrent.com[/url] for software then search for torrent web sites for vista, then download a copy of vista, then burn to a dvd, then re-install.


csiman
or see ebay item

220619034384


Thank you for that :thumbsup: rep on way.
I have actually just got back from my local computer shop who is going to run me a copy off to pick up tomorrow.
banned#18
louiseb84;8803767
Thank you for that :thumbsup: rep on way.
I have actually just got back from my local computer shop who is going to run me a copy off to pick up tomorrow.

cool!

how did it go?
#19
csiman
cool!

how did it go?


All sorted thanks, man in the shop gave me a copy for free & installation went fine. :)

dcx_badass
Not with Windows 7 it doesn't, I installed it as a clean install on my hard drive and it did a clean Win 7 install, but all my folders were still there in their original folders.

You need to do custom, delete the partitions then create a new one and format it to clear all the files during install.


That's what I done in the end :)

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