Major Issues After Microsoft Allows Reinstallation Via Cloud


I had the following issues after reinstalling Windows from the cloud.

All the files in the new location had a different name and structure

My old computer’s C drive was renamed as “Documents & Settings”

The old “Application Support” folder was renamed “C:\Documents and Settings”

The “Startup” folder in all its locations were renamed as “C:\Documents and Settings”

My “System” folder was renamed as “C:\Windows\system32\startup”

The “Logs” folder in C:\Windows\System32\System\Logs was renamed as “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Documents\Startup\logs”

The “User Data” folder in C:\Windows\System32\SysInfo was renamed “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Documents\Startup\User Data”

I also discovered that C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ was still under Program Files in C:\Windows, and I had a copy of my old Windows folder, which was a hard drive, at my “Documents and Settings” folder.

I then removed the drive letter from my old computer, and a fresh install appeared. Windows was then fine.

Then I moved the old drive to another “Windows” drive. Then Windows went back to the way it was, but not quite well. My old “Documents and Settings” folder and my new “System” folder were the same, but the old “Logs” file was gone. I had renamed the old file “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Documents\Startup\logs” by mistake, so I was having problems with the startup for the old “Logs” file. I called Microsoft and they confirmed my mistake and fixed the problem. The file was then renamed back to the way it was and I was good to go again.

My other issue was that when I started a program from my old system that I had moved, it just started running straight in to the middle of the screen, as though it were a Windows 3.1 application. If I didn’t have the “Add/Remove Programs” tool installed, the program would have been started.

My last issue was that when I closed this review and turned my system off, all my apps, including the Photos app, would go to the background and stay there until it was time to put them back in either the Windows “Startup” or “System” folders.

The cloud reinstaller can only update Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2013. I will write in an update how this affects Windows XP users.

My last post, on this new approach to reinstaller, is getting some positive feedback.

On a note about Windows 8.1 reinstaller: I am working on a new website of Win 8.1 reinstaller to improve usability and support. You can help out by installing that by clicking on the following.

It should also be noted that the reinstaller has not fixed the Windows XP problem and will provide new problems on Windows 7 and 8.1.

What is more important, if the Windows 7 and 8.1 problems, is that Windows 7 and 8.1 have worked in the new Windows 8 desktop and touch interface.

But, as with any new operating system, there are some limitations. For example, the reinstaller does not work with certain applications, it won’t work completely for Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and OneNote), and some applications (for example, Windows Media Player) can become completely unusable because they require to be installed from the device to run.

But, it is my hope that one day, Microsoft will be forced to update to the new Windows 8.1 desktop and touch interface.

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