Can you access the registry from an old install of Windows?

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  1. Arkonite

    Arkonite MDL Novice

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    Just installed a fresh Windows 7 OS and I was wondering if the registry from the Windows.old folder is still accessible.
     
  2. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Guru

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    wkeller MDL Member

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    Of course. Using reg load command and then regedit, then reg unload
     
  4. i think it will be better to do a reg hive backup of old before apply an in place upgrade .
     
  5. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

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    I always thought the the Windows.old folder was only created if you upgrade Windows, e.g. go from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or if you upgrade from an older Windows 10 build to a newer Windows 10 build. If you do a clean install (is that what you meant by using the word fresh?), then you won't be finding a Windows.old folder afterwards.
     
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    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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