Restore previous windows after install Windows 7

Supposing you need to restore your previous OS after you have installed Windows 7. Provided that you didn’t format the partition during Windows 7 installation, you should be able to restore back to your previous OS!

Here’s what you can do…

  • Make sure there’s sufficient space on Drive C
  • Double click Drive C and make sure a folder named Windows.old exists!
  • Make sure Windows.old is smaller than the free space available on Drive C… ( duh!!! )
  • Then place the Windows 7 DVD and reboot.
  • At the Install Windows window…click Repair Windows.
  • At the System Restore Option windows, choose your Windows 7 version to repair and click Next.
  • Then still at the System Restore Option windows, click Command Prompt.
  • In the cmd window, type the following commands :


Md Win7

Move Windows Win7\Windows

Move “Program Files” “Win7\Program Files”

Move Users Win7\Users

Attrib –h –s –r ProgramData

Move ProgramData Win7\ProgramData

Rd “Documents and Settings”

  • Then move the files in Windows.old by typing the following commands

move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\

move /y “c:\Windows.old\Program Files” c:\

move /y c:\Windows.old\ProgramData c:\

move /y c:\Windows.old\Users c:\

move /y “c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings” c:\

  • Finally you need to restore the boot sector of the previous OS
  • If your previous OS was Server 2003, XP or 2000 type the following in the command prompt – X:\boot\bootsect /nt52 c:
  • If your previous OS was Vista, type – X:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c:, where X is your DVD drive. Replace with appropriate letter!
  • For XP/2000 you need to type the following command also –

Attrib –h –s –r boot.ini.saved

Copy boot.ini.saved boot.ini

  • Exit command prompt and restart your PC.

Source: InstantFundas


One Response

  1. not work for me. tnx

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