i have just reloaded windows 7 - but now all of my old files

January 2, 2012 at 12:21:33
Specs: Windows 7
i wanted to simply return Window 7 settings to original settings - but it wrote all of the old files to Windows.old and i don;t have access to any of the old files now...

How can i return to the previous settings and old files???

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January 2, 2012 at 15:48:53
You did a full Factory Restore and ignored the warnings along the way. Your computer was returned to the way it was shipped from the factory. You will need to reset your preferences and reload your programs, including your antivirus program. Since you have a folder Windows.old, you should be able to access personal files. If you cannot open it then search Microsoft site for "accessing Windows.old" for details.
What you should have done was just do a System Restore which would have offered you a choice of dates to restore your system files to and your personal files would have been untouched and only programs and updates installed after that date would have been lost.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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