Issues with x64 Program Files


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Hello,

I have installed original windows 7 64-bit. It was a clean and successful install. The only mistake i did was i tried to delete (shift) the Program Files folder.

I didn't knew that in 64 bit version windows creates 2 folders "Program Files" and "Program Files (x64)" respectively.

What i did was, i thought that its a duplicate folder and i tried to delete the Program Files folder. Some of the contents were deleted and some didn't due to permission.

Now what's happening is i cannot play any default game like solitare etc. The game icon shows the stop sign (in red). Upon double clicking on it does not start the game.

How do i get all the files back. I don't want to re install it. Will Add/Remove Programs work? or Windows Repair may be ?? plz help

Thanks
 
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Try Window Repair. Otherwise, "upgrade" to the exact same SKU (Windows Version).

Eg. If you are running Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate, run the disk in Windows, and Upgrade to Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate. ;)
 

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Not in the recycle bin? Just a thought!
 
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it was a shift delete ..... can i just copy program files from any other windows 7 pc and paste it .. ? another thought ?
 
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If you have not overwritten the deleted data you may be able to recovery the files using recovery software.

A good free program for file recovery can be found here - Recuva
 
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I have installed original windows 7 64-bit. It was a clean and successful install. The only mistake i did was i tried to delete (shift) the Program Files folder.

I didn't knew that in 64 bit version windows creates 2 folders "Program Files" and "Program Files (x64)" respectively.
1. Don't move your Program Files Folder, that's where x64 programs reside.
2. The two folders actually are: Program Files & Program Files (x86). Again don't mess with them leave them where they are.

it was a shift delete ..... can i just copy program files from any other windows 7 pc and paste it .. ? another thought ?
No, the folder (program files) is unique to each computer.

Just re-install.
 
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I would not take the risk of restoring it from deleted files, since this is usually not 100% reliable to get all files back.
However, Windows 7 has a built in feature of previous versions of files and folders. If you are lucky this should work:
Open my computer, right click your c: drive and choose Restore previous version, you should see a list of previous versions, choose one of them and click open, copy the missing folder and paste in to your c: drive, it should solve your problem.
Hope it helps.
 
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