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[align=center]PROnetworks PRO Guide:
How to Recover Windows XP from Windows.old
[align=center]In the instance where Windows Vista has been installed on top of the Windows XP installation partition (not an upgrade installation but to the same partition as Windows XP), resulting in the Windows XP system files and folders being wrapped into a Windows.old folder on the Windows Vista installation, users may be able to recover the Windows XP installation using the procedure below.
1. A very important first step is to make sure that one has the following files on the root of the system drive. It has been found that even if they are there, it is sometimes necessary to copy and paste them again
(this can be done from within Windows Vista before continuing with this process):
Copying the following XP original files over won't hurt either:
If these are you got from a friend from a different system, that is OK as one can edit the boot.ini file from within Windows Vista or from the command prompt later in the process using the boot.ini ATTRIB
2. Copy all the documents and pictures and any other files you want to keep and paste them into a new folder named say "Docs Transferred", as the default Windows Vista "Documents and Settings" folder will be removed in the process of restoring your Windows XP installation.
3. Install VistaBootPRO so that one has the bootsect.exe file available from the Program Files>PROnetworks>VistaBoot folder (or insert the Vista DVD and browse to the folder named "boot"). Copy bootsect.exe and and paste it to Windows\System32 on the Vista installation or to the root of the Vista installation drive.
4. Open the command prompt in Vista (Start>All Programs>Accessories) and type the command CD\
and Enter, to get to the root of the Vista drive and then type bootsect /nt52 all
and Enter to reinstate the Windows XP installation as the one to boot to.
From there, it's a matter of following these instructions:
5. Boot to the Vista DVD and select "System recovery options" at the "Install now" setup screen, and then select the drive on which Vista has "overwritten" your XP installation and note the drive letter
. Finally select the Command Prompt at the bottom of the menu you are presented with.
6. Enter the following commands exactly as indicated using the drive letter noted under Point 5.
above if it is not C:\ drive:
(moves the cursor to the system drive)
(moves the cursor to the "root" of the system drive)
ren Windows Windows.vst
(renames Vista Windows directory/folder)
ren Users Users.vst
(renames the Vista Users folder)
ren "Program Files" "Program Files.vst"
(renames the Vista Program Files folder)
rmdir "Documents and Settings"
(removes the Documents and Settings folder)
xcopy Windows.old\* C:\ /E /C /I /G /H /R /K /Y
(copies the files and folders from Windows.old back to their original locations)
(to make sure that the partition and drive structure is correct in the boot.ini file. Go to File>Save on the notepad window that opened if it was necessary to make any changes).
7. Type exit
, press Enter and reboot into Windows XP.
1. For an insight into the commands available from the command prompt, open the command prompt, type help
and press Enter.
2. For an understanding of the application switches used, type xcopy /?
at the command prompt and press Enter. Do not vary the application switches used as we have tested them all to work together as indicated in Point 6. above.
This procedure has been tested and found to be effective in MOST BUT NOT ALL instances. Some system configurations may make this procedure unworkable. Be aware that if this process fails, it is likely that personal data and other valuable information will be lost. Making a backup of those items to external media is recommended PRIOR to initiating this procedure.
Data corruption and/or loss is always a possibility (as is the case when using any Beta software). PROnetworks cannot be held responsible for any damage to your system that may occur as a result of your choosing to use the procedures outlined in this PROguide.