I messed up program files

July 19, 2009 at 00:29:02
Specs: Windows Vista home premium SP1
I need serious help! I was trying to transfer my program files to drive D: from drive C:, I created a new folder called Program files 2 and manually transferred all the files from Program files(x86) and deleted the originals but I messed something up and now whenever I try to start windows normally it seriously lags and then stops all together. what do I do?

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#1
July 19, 2009 at 00:54:59
The correct way to move program files from one drive to another is to uninstall them and re-install them in the new directory.

Your registry contains hundreds/thousands of pointers directing windows to files that are no longer in the installed location.

If you can, boot up in safemode and return all the moved files to their original location.

If the system will not even boot into safemode there may be other options such as booting up with a linux disk and using that to restore the files to their original directory. I haven't the skills to do this so if it comes to this suggest you ask in the linux forum for detailed instructions.

Good luck & let us know how you get on.

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#2
July 19, 2009 at 04:07:58
I tried doing that, but I think I may have deleted some information by accident and not sent it to the new folder. And by delete, I mean delete forever, not recycle bin.

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#3
July 19, 2009 at 07:20:06
Appropriate name.....

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#4
July 19, 2009 at 07:26:25
I know what you are thinking, but that name is after a character in a TV show I liked, his name was Stoner.

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#5
July 19, 2009 at 08:34:35
If you can use f8 to boot into safe mode. Try system restore. Start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore. Go back to before you deleted the program files. This will not restore the programs but should restore the system stability. And you did this why?

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#6
July 19, 2009 at 08:39:10
Yea, why? Your partitions were configured as most regulars here recommend already.


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#7
July 19, 2009 at 08:39:49
System Restore will not work, and I deleted the files by accident when trying to free up some space on my harddrive. And I'm not 100% sure I did delete any files, I just know all the files I moved are back where they were intended, yet my computer still does not work properly.

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#8
July 19, 2009 at 08:44:16
Still doesn't explain why you were moving programs. What were you making room for? If D partition is full why not use C for additional files. Makes no sense.

Hard drives are cheap. If you are tight on space just get another drive. Be sure you computer can handle a hard drive larger than 127GB. Older ones can't without a controller card, BIOS update or an overlay. External USB is another option.


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#9
July 19, 2009 at 08:47:42
you're right I shouldn't have, I should have just used drive D:. But I did mess it up and I need help fixing it.

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#10
July 19, 2009 at 09:50:57
The programs aren't really the issue now. You messed up the registry and manually editing that isn't easy. If the system will run long enough d/l and run tweaknow regcleaner @ tweaknow.com and just use the default settings. This might stabilize the system.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#11
July 19, 2009 at 09:54:32
Thank you, I will run the program and then I will tell how it goes.

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#12
July 19, 2009 at 13:00:53
It worked! Thanks you all for your help! I learned today not to mess with the program files....

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#13
July 19, 2009 at 14:11:15
Tweaknow is a start

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#14
July 19, 2009 at 14:14:28
I'm betting your security software is broken now.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#15
July 19, 2009 at 14:21:00
Tweakxp could have helped move the programs folder and the directory to the d drive. (Not the same company as tweaknow).

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#16
July 19, 2009 at 14:33:35
You should also get a good image back utility. Either paid or free. Here are some free ones. http://www.thefreecountry.com/utili...

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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