I wanted to test drive Windows 8 Customer Preview for a research project for my A+ class, but with school, school and more school it was too hard to get used to a new OS and do assignments and teach. I asked my instructor what to do and she said reinstall Windows 7 which I did. Now I boot to my recovery partition. I'm nervous to do to much because I don't want to lose the info and files I have in C:
On my load screen I have
Windows 7 Home Premium (RECOVERY)[in a small partition that was supposed to be for recovery],
Windows 7 Home Premium[which does not run in safe mode or normally because it's not a genuine copy it says], and
Windows 8 which will not run at all.
I can boot into the RECOVERY partition in both save mode and normally. I can't use the MiniTool Partition Wizard program that I got. When I try to load it from a boot able CD I go through steps 1-4 but at the install, step 4 I get: Windows cannot find 'P:\Users\username\Downloads\pwpe7.exe' make sure you types the name correctly, and then try again. I think that is says it installed but it doesn't really because it's 10mb and there is 0 space in this partition left.
I don't want to do a clean install of Windows 7 because I'm not sure what I will never get back. I am backed up to carbonite but all my passwords are in Windows 7 and Norton 360. I don't have my license numbers for programs because they were saved in my Incredimail email folders.
I am an old dog learning new tricks and I just feel like this is fix able, I'm just not sure how. I don't have any Geeky friends to bounce ideas off of. My computer has been messed up for over a week now and I'm getting stressed out.
ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I've been all over the net but I like here the best so I decided to ASK here before asking elsewhere.