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    Messy Install

    I just came across a computer with 3 versions of Windows on C: drive. The functioning one was a folder called Windows.001 - the Windows and Windows.002 folders were all but empty. Starting out simple, I deleted the empty stuff then renamed Windows.001 to Windows, from DOS. This messed things up (couldn't boot to Win) so I had to undo that. There's a ton of stuff in the registry that refers to Windows.001, which is designated the "system" folder. So short of a reinstall, is there a way of rectifying the results of these failed installation attempts? It does function the way it is, but the owner would prefer an "orthodox" setup.

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    Re: Messy Install

    It's been a long time since I've seen this one, Alan. I just checked TweakUI since I couldn't remember and it doesn't have any system-wide stuff like this. Other than a brute-force find and replace in the registry, I don't know of anything off hand. Even at that, I'd be nervous about totally disabling the machine by messing with the registry but I guess you could make a backup first.

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    Re: Messy Install

    Alan,

    This, I believe, is one of those situations where you cut your losses, backup your data, format and reinstall. The time and energy spent troubleshooting and messing with the old installations would be better spent, IMHO, backing up data and formatting that mess out of existance. Both you and the owner will be happier with a clean install of Windows.
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    Re: Messy Install

    I have to agree with Doc Watson. Probably spend less time reformating and doing a clean install.

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    Re: Messy Install

    I am another for a format and clean install.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Messy Install

    It looks like 4 votes for a reinstall and zero votes for a fix. Even if it was an election, I don't think there's any question about the winner with a vote count like that! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Thanks all for the advice.

    Alan

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