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Replace New Local Settings With Old One


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#1 Venek

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 06:58 PM

I'm never putting my computer on Stand-By mode ever again. After doing that accidentally for a second when I meant to shut it down, it screwed up my 'puter something fierce. I had this problem a few weeks ago and chalked it up to my mobo overheating (however unlikely THAT is).

Anyway, to the point. I only reinstalled the XP windows directory but left my HD untouched. So I still got all my data, programs, etc., without having to reinstall everything over the next couple of days. Now, the problem is that I need to replace the newly created Local Settings with my old one from before, which should restore my computer to the way I had it before it went haywire, right? So, do I simply delete the new folders and leave only my old one and the computer will automatically recognize it as the default settings? Or is there some kind of procedure I must undertake to do this?

A little note...does anyone know of any major bug issue with eVGA 680i motherboard when it goes into Stand By mode? Or even Western Digital Caviar HD? Somebody should report this, it's a massive bug.

*EDIT*
Looking in my Document and Settings folder, it looks like I have a duplicate of each folder in there (All Users, the hidden Default User, and my personal settings folder).
Basically, I just want the computer to refer to my old settings as the default (that would be without the .WINDOWS that appears at the end of each duplicated folder name that is now treated as the default). Then I want to get rid of the new folders. Please don't tell me I'm S.O.L., it would ruin an already bad day for me.

*ANOTHER EDIT*
Just realized a potential solution. Could I just simply copy the data in my old folders to the new ones? Could it be that easy? Or would that essentially cause Armageddeon on my computer?

Edited by Venek, 15 March 2007 - 07:34 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:29 PM

Well, copying the files was a mistake. Now my computer won't run some programs due to "insufficient RAM." Dammit. And I just got my new blank DVDs in the mail today that I was going to back-up my computer with Acronis.

Figures, huh?

Is there still a way to delete the new folders though and revert to the old ones? I remain hopeful.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 06:44 AM

Would turning to a previous restore point help?

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:52 AM

It seems that there's a problem with the "repair" installation that you've done. I suspect that you've done a parallel installation rather than a repair of Windows (this would explain the duplicates).

If this is the case, then fixing it is going to take a long time (longer than it would take to reinstall the programs and reset your settings). And it may turn out to be unfixable. Just copying stuff around won't help, and it may actually harm your system.

I'd suggest that you backup all your important stuff, format the hard drive, and start over again.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:35 AM

Oh, I already did that ages ago. It's kinda funny, though, because I had to reinstall XP again yesterday because of a chain reaction stemming from a ZoneAlarm update. Of course, I wouldn't have had to do that if I thought to do a System Restore to before I installed the update in the first place, but I was too much of an idiot to think of it.
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