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#1 lemaster22

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:06 PM

sister rang me up while im at work for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original whats the safest way to remove the install?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:24 PM

sister rang me up while im at work
for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original
whats the safest way to remove the install?

You can't remove the install to go back to the previous one, it has been overwritten.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:18 PM

Unless it was installed on a different partition in which case she would have the option of the two installs when booting.

#4 lemaster22

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:28 PM

she only has one partition but it gives the choice to boot from two windows

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

For some reason I assumed the version of Windows was XP. See here for Windows Vista or here for Windows 7.

Edited by fajw, 06 May 2012 - 07:44 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:51 PM

sister rang me up while im at work
for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original
whats the safest way to remove the install?

You can't remove the install to go back to the previous one, it has been overwritten.



for a titan rank i would have expected more common sense maybe some basic questions before stating a point without knowing full details


guess thats what happens when 13 yr olds make enough posts






if it was me ... i would boot into her main windows ( as you pointed out she seemed to have the option to boot into her first install ) with all important files and back them up... nuke the hdd and even use a win98 boot disc to clear the MBR for good measure and reinstall from scratch

end result... files are safe and a fresh install never hurt anyone who prepared for it.



side note.. maybe a good time to acronis / ghost a fresh install disc for later use if required ( or just to have one for that system )

Edited by antiapple, 08 May 2012 - 10:56 PM.


#7 aliali

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:58 AM

guess thats what happens when 13 yr olds make enough posts


And perhaps you shouldn't comment on what you know nothing about.

As the OP said

for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original

then there is only one install, despite the boot loader offering dual boot.
There is also no need to

boot into her main windows ( as you pointed out she seemed to have the option to boot into her first install ) with all important files and back them up

if it has in fact two OSs installed. Booting from either can give direct access to the user data.
Although it is generally simpler to use the relevant install to recover that data.
We do really need more info though.

Also completely no need to

a win98 boot disc to clear the MBR for good measure and reinstall from scratch

as you can do this during the Windows install.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:55 AM

if theres no important files on the HDD my recomendation would be to just format the drive and start from scratch.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:34 AM

sister rang me up while im at work
for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original
whats the safest way to remove the install?

You can't remove the install to go back to the previous one, it has been overwritten.



for a titan rank i would have expected more common sense maybe some basic questions before stating a point without knowing full details


guess thats what happens when 13 yr olds make enough posts


What?


if it was me ... i would boot into her main windows ( as you pointed out she seemed to have the option to boot into her first install ) with all important files and back them up... nuke the hdd and even use a win98 boot disc to clear the MBR for good measure and reinstall from scratch

That's just totally pointless.
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#10 NukeJockey

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:38 AM

sister rang me up while im at work
for some unknown reason she has installed windows over the top of the original
whats the safest way to remove the install?

You can't remove the install to go back to the previous one, it has been overwritten.



for a titan rank i would have expected more common sense maybe some basic questions before stating a point without knowing full details


guess thats what happens when 13 yr olds make enough posts






if it was me ... i would boot into her main windows ( as you pointed out she seemed to have the option to boot into her first install ) with all important files and back them up... nuke the hdd and even use a win98 boot disc to clear the MBR for good measure and reinstall from scratch

end result... files are safe and a fresh install never hurt anyone who prepared for it.



side note.. maybe a good time to acronis / ghost a fresh install disc for later use if required ( or just to have one for that system )


Yet you just told the OP what aliali told the OP, but instead of taking 1 line like aliali did, you took several and made zero sense along the way. Good work.
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