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  1. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    It is an image of the prior install it's just compressed a lot more than a conventional system images are compressed

    Seriously though use system images and get rid of windows.old all together
    There's a reflec tutorial on tenforums too
    This one helped me way before it came up
    YouTube

    Watching this guy open it up like a normal file system.....

    YouTube


    Regards, Dana.
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  2. Posts : 1,340
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #12

    What is the history behind your windows.old folder?
    --- How long ago was it created?

    How to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder in Windows 10
    How to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

    When you refresh, upgrade, or custom install Windows 10 on the same partition as the previous Windows installation without doing a clean install, then you will have a C:\Windows.old folder in your new installation afterwards.
    --- Let us which one of the procedures you used.

    In post #7 "That does not work because it now wont allow me to open folder."
    --- Provide a screenshot of the exact message notification for not having permissions.

    What version are you on?
    What was the previous version? Were there any issues when using the previous version?

    Do you have permission issues with any other folders?
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  3. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    MeAndMyComputer said:
    What is the history behind your windows.old folder?
    --- How long ago was it created?

    How to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder in Windows 10
    How to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

    When you refresh, upgrade, or custom install Windows 10 on the same partition as the previous Windows installation without doing a clean install, then you will have a C:\Windows.old folder in your new installation afterwards.
    --- Let us which one of the procedures you used.

    In post #7 "That does not work because it now wont allow me to open folder."
    --- Provide a screenshot of the exact message notification for not having permissions.

    What version are you on?
    What was the previous version? Were there any issues when using the previous version?

    Do you have permission issues with any other folders?
    1) 2 days ago

    2) It was odd on install, it would not allow me to do a upgrade because I had to
    run it from within windows (PC would not boot). So I picked clean, but then there
    was option to save files, so I piked that. Install created online with media install tool
    2 days ago.

    3) Win 10 pro, before, and install, although media creation tool did NOT ask for version.
    Prior version blew up after running standard disk check, would not boot, tried 5 days of
    "do this do that", another thread here on forum.

    4) Version 19041.329

    5) Folder open error, none thrown, hard disk takes off and stays that way 12 hours or more
    on a fast quad core PC with lot of ram. If I ask for properties it shows 0 bytes, when the tool
    I am using shows 1.6 TB which is about right of prior installation.

    6) Other folders same problem, wont open on intial double click, then a long scan, then I have access.

    Regards, Dana.
    Last edited by danadak; 11 Jul 2020 at 18:06.
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  4. Posts : 1,340
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #14

    "Folder open error, none thrown, hard disk takes off and stays that way 12 hours or more
    on a fast quad core PC with lot of ram. If I ask for properties it shows 0 bytes, when the tool
    I am using shows 1.6 TB which is about right of prior installation."

    Start the PC & log-in.
    --- Check the properties of the 1.6 TB w/o having anything open or in use.

    After that use the tool you are using.
    --- What is the tool you are using?
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  5. Posts : 1,340
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #15

    Dana, my intent on asking those questions is to consider a method for saving your data including what's in the Windows.old folder if possible.

    A few years ago I used Linux double-booting with my Windows 10 along with being an insider. It only lasted about 4 months because at my age it felt like I was jumping through hoops to get extensive training but since my Windows 10 laptop and Dell
    desktop run fine I quit those.

    Anyway you can use Linux to see if you can open the Windows.old folder. If I remember correctly, you won't have to worry about Microsoft permissions using Linux.
    --- One article you can refer to is
    The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC UPDATED JULY 12, 2017
    The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC
    Check out Recover Data (Like a Forensics Expert).
    There are many other Linux options that can be considered.
    You have mentioned using a tool you are using and maybe it's Linux but I don't know.
    If it turns out that trying to realistically access data in the Windows.old folder isn't successful, it is what it is.

    Then it addressing issues on your PC will be the following direction to take up.
    Good luck my friend.
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