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Stupid Man Needs Help Reverting to Vista

tontonz

New Member
Posts
9
#1
Okay, so it turns out I'm not that bright.
After years of using Vista64 i decided I'd make the move to W10 and, according to the specs and all I'd read my system could handle it. So I bought a copy of the new OS, did a backup of my C drive just in case and went ahead with the installation.

As it turns out my system - in particular my motherboard - cant handle it. My audio is full of crackling and pops and as I work in sound recording this cannot stand. SO! I'm going back to Vista where i didnt have this issue - at least till i can afford to upgrade the whole system.

MY QUESTION - W10 saved my Vista setup as under the windows.old moniker. Can i revert to my last setup using that? What if I had that and a full backup of that drive? OR do i have to do a clean install?

PLUS - is it possible to retrieve my Vista product code from somewhere in my system? I still have my installation disk but i cant, for the life of me, find the serial. I can't find NTUSER.DAT anywhere in the windows.old folder.

Many thanks!
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, EP43-DS3L
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Sound Card
    Presonus Firepod

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Oklahoma, USA

Posts
32,388
#2

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

tontonz

New Member
Posts
9
#3

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, EP43-DS3L
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Sound Card
    Presonus Firepod

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Oklahoma, USA

Posts
32,388
#4
If you created a system image of your Vista installation, then you could restore it and have it activated afterwards.

If you're computer came with Vista preinstalled, then you could check to see if you may have a COA sticker on the computer with the product key still on it. Back of PC case, bottom of laptop, or under battery of laptop.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

tontonz

New Member
Posts
9
#5
No, i bought Vista separately from the system. Ive got the CD but I've misplaced the case which had the product key on it. By rights I should be able to use something like Produkey or Jellybean to dig the old key out of Windows.old but all the system files that were supposed to have been stored in the folder were disappeared when I installed 10. And that was only four days ago so the ten day limit hasnt kicked in.

I did create a complete backup of the whole C drive so im hoping if i do a clean install - which it appears I'll have to do - then i can use that to get me back to work

Thanks Brink. If you have any more suggestions please let me know.

Cheers
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, EP43-DS3L
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Sound Card
    Presonus Firepod

tontonz

New Member
Posts
9
#6
Good news! Just found the old cd case lurking in a drawer!
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, EP43-DS3L
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Sound Card
    Presonus Firepod

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Oklahoma, USA

Posts
32,388
#7
Great news. Please let us know how it went.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

tontonz

New Member
Posts
9
#8
Well, I'm back in Vistatown. Fortunately I had a copy of SP2 to get her up to date. I ran the backup and while all my folders are there none of the data is in them - in particular the program files folders and system folders. I'm assuming W10 swallowed all that on install though I dont know why the backup didnt save them as such.

Now it's back to reinstalling every program and plugin i need to get back to work.

Thanks so much for giving me a hand Brink. Youre a good guy.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, 2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, EP43-DS3L
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Sound Card
    Presonus Firepod

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Oklahoma, USA

Posts
32,388
#9
I hope it goes smoothly.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD