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 Post subject: finding the location of my windows folder
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:42 pm 
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hi,
how do I find my windows XP and windows Vista windows folder that contian the windows installation. and what are the steps to reinstalling the windows installation from the windows folder on my harddrive. and can I burn the windows installation to a disc to use after a system crash.


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:56 pm 
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how do I find my windows XP and windows Vista windows folder that contian the windows installation.

Open a command prompt window, then type the "set systemroot" command and hit enter. That will display the value of the %SystemRoot% environment variable, which indicates the location of the OS installation folder. For example, on my system the command shows:

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C:\>set systemroot
SystemRoot=C:\WINDOWS


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...what are the steps to reinstalling the windows installation from the windows folder on my harddrive.

To install or reinstall Windows you'll need a copy of the installation media (i.e. install disc). You can't reinstall Windows from the Windows folder (or a copy thereof).

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...can I burn the windows installation to a disc to use after a system crash.

Certainly, but that would have very limited use. For example you couldn't use it to reinstall Windows, but you could perhaps use it to restore corrupted files in an existing installation. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:41 pm 
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Some people use imaging software to (As I put it to customers) "Take a photo" of the Disk, especially useful in a two-disk system, and maybe create weekly/monthly images that can be copied back across in event of a disk corruption/malware/ removal of other unwanted software

I recommend Acronis Home edition as is the "easiest" for the average user.

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:21 pm 
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For free disk imaging software I recommend Paragon Backup and Recovery (Advanced) Free and Macrium Reflect FREE Edition. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:07 pm 
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Cool, I'll check those out, building a new PC soon so will bug you with a list :)


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