Posted 07 October 2010 - 04:28 PM
Hey guys, I'm new here, and have very limited experience with computers...but it seems I have messed up pretty badly.
So here is the story. I built my new computer and gave my cousin my old computer (HP a1230n running XP), and upgraded him to Windows 7 64 bit. All was going well, but last month, his computer would not start up without freezing with graphical glitches. I found out the Video card crapped out on him. For his birthday, I decided to buy him a premade iBuyPower NZXT. The thing is that I wanted to use the old harddrive from the old computer as the primary, instead of the one that came with the computer.
Without thinking, I booted up the computer, and it asked me for the Win 7 key posted on the side of the computer. I entered it in, and got Win 7 up and running. I turned off the computer and inserted the old harddrive in, and it started up fine. Everything looked good to go. My cousin took the computer back to his home, and was able to use it great for about 3 days. Then he calls me saying that Windows needed to be activated, and it wasn't genuine. Luckily, I had the key to the old OS with me still, and gave it to him...but he still couldn't activate it. He and his dad tried several things and called microsoft, and finally got it up and running.
NOW, here is the new problem. His dad told him to move all his files off of the old harddrive into the new one, and I believe he labeled all of the old programs from the old hard drive under the folder "Windows.old". The computer starts up fine. I am having much difficulty opening the C:\documents and settings though, as it tells me "C:\Documents and Settings is not accessible. Access is denied". I also tried opening Steam under program files (x86), but it tells me "Steam.exe (main exception) Unable to write to the current steam folder". In the Windows.old folder, Steam.exe opens perfectly. I am trying to reinstall it now, by removing it from the programs. But, I cannot find it in the install programs. It's not in the start menu either. None of the Windows.old programs are "installed", but they still work. Is there a way I can "uninstall" these programs? It might not technically matter, but I just don't want to have conflicting programs, or take up space that I don't need to.
Sorry if this is confusing!