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#1 Bitbybit

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:42 PM

My Gateway GM5626 had a wicked boot looping problem until I used the Operating System Disk to re-install Vista. All is now well, however
I need some files that are on the old Vista OS . The set up wizard said that the files old files would be accessible in my docs marked old files. Not so much.
I need to find these old files. More to the point I need to access the old Vista OS. Any thoughts? I actually reinstalled Vista. I did not think that the disk would do that. I just thought that it would fix the boot up looping problem. Help. :huh:

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 04:49 AM

It all depends on how you reinstalled Vista. To be sure, I'd search the entire hard drive (even in unindexed locations) for something you know is there. That'll point you to the location and you can then see if your stuff is still there.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:09 PM

I searched for all files having to do with "Old" but found nothing. The recovery disk said the files would be marked "Old" I just forget where they were to be
kept'. Also, when I boot up I should be able to get in to the boot set up thingie and choose what OS to choose? any thoughts?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:46 PM

try typing ".old", or "*.old" (no quotes) in the vista search bar. Your looking for a file extension not a file that contains the word "Old" I know this sounds confusing and it is, but no one can remember all of this bleep.

And just so you know the actual file I think your looking for is called Windows.old it's pretty much an all or nothing file so you can restore it (all of it) or not. kinda sounds like you already fixed your major issue. if you restore back to the .old you get that back.

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 05:32 AM

Rather than searching for OLD, I'd search for something that I knew was there. For example if I had a bunch of pictures of Granny and knew that her name was in some of the files - then I'd search for "granny" (without the quotes) in all locations (including the non-indexed ones).

If it's pictures, then I'd start by searching for *.jpg or *.jpeg (in all locations), then I'd scroll through the results to see if anything was familiar.

Otherwise I'd have to suggest opening up Windows Explorer and start working your way through the directory structure folder by folder.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:51 PM

I done the same and Vista put my windows.old files in Administrator-Document.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 11:00 PM

How do I access Administrator Documents?




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