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  • I just upgrade my computer  frome windows vista to windows 7 ultimate... My desktop no longer has any of the applications it had before I updated, it just has a recycle bin. It created a new folder in C:\\ called windows.old where all of my old applications are located.  When I try to run them none of them work.  What do I do?  All of my pictures/Videos/music was easily accesible in the windows.old but I really need to get my applications back, I really dont want to have to reinstall all of them when I can see them all...

    PLEASE HELP!!!

    Thanks

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 3:23 AM

Answers

  • On Sat, 5 Mar 2011 03:23:47 +0000, CGIGaTozz wrote:

    I just upgrade my computer  frome windows vista to windows 7 ultimate... 

    Although you used an Upgrade version of Windows 7, apparently you did
    not do an upgrade with it. You did a clean installation, not an
    upgrade--see below.

    My desktop no longer has any of the applications it had before I updated, it just has a recycle bin. It created a new folder in C:\\ called windows.old

    That proves that you did a clean installation. Otherwise there
    wouldn't be a \windows.old folder.

    where all of my old applications are located.  When I try to run them none of them work. 

    Right. You can't run them, because they haven't been installed in
    Windows 7.

    What do I do?  All of my pictures/Videos/music was easily accesible in the windows.old but I really need to get my applications back, I really dont want to have to reinstall all of them when I can see them all...

    You can't get them back. When you do a clean installation of Windows,
    you have to then reinstall all your applications.
    So you now have two choices:
    1. Reinstall all your applications.
    2. Use Windows.old to go back to Windows Vista (see
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760 to learn how) and then redo the
    Windows 7 installation. But this time choose the upgrade installation,
    not the custom (clean) installation.

    Both choices are a lot of work, I know, but sorry to say that you have
    no others.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:17 AM
    Saturday, March 5, 2011 4:05 PM

All replies

  • Hi CGIGaTozz,

    I'm sorry, but the Windows.old folder appears only if you installed Windows 7 by performing a custom installation (NOT upgrade) and did not format the partition during the installation process. Files that were used in your previous version of Windows are stored in the Windows.old folder. Those affected applications need to be reinstalled.

    Styx

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 8:43 AM
  • On Sat, 5 Mar 2011 03:23:47 +0000, CGIGaTozz wrote:

    I just upgrade my computer  frome windows vista to windows 7 ultimate... 

    Although you used an Upgrade version of Windows 7, apparently you did
    not do an upgrade with it. You did a clean installation, not an
    upgrade--see below.

    My desktop no longer has any of the applications it had before I updated, it just has a recycle bin. It created a new folder in C:\\ called windows.old

    That proves that you did a clean installation. Otherwise there
    wouldn't be a \windows.old folder.

    where all of my old applications are located.  When I try to run them none of them work. 

    Right. You can't run them, because they haven't been installed in
    Windows 7.

    What do I do?  All of my pictures/Videos/music was easily accesible in the windows.old but I really need to get my applications back, I really dont want to have to reinstall all of them when I can see them all...

    You can't get them back. When you do a clean installation of Windows,
    you have to then reinstall all your applications.
    So you now have two choices:
    1. Reinstall all your applications.
    2. Use Windows.old to go back to Windows Vista (see
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760 to learn how) and then redo the
    Windows 7 installation. But this time choose the upgrade installation,
    not the custom (clean) installation.

    Both choices are a lot of work, I know, but sorry to say that you have
    no others.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:17 AM
    Saturday, March 5, 2011 4:05 PM