External Drive Backup from Windows XP

May 5, 2010 at 07:51:25
Specs: Windows 7

My external backup was done on old Windows XP 32 bit, trying to use the backup on my new Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. How can I get my documents and photos, not concerned with the programs on the backup?

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May 5, 2010 at 08:07:17

It depends, how did you backup your stuff in Windows XP? Did you simply copy the files or did you right click your C: drive go to properties and run the NTBackup utility? If the later then it will be a little tricky because the restore utility will want to restore the files to c:\documents and settings\yourname\*.* and Windows 7 no longer uses the "documents and settings" folder it now uses the "users" folder. If possible I would go back and just copy the files directly to your external drive but if not then see if you have a friend who still has an XP box.

Here are the instruction for using Windows 7 backup...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Now Windows 7 has an Upgrade Utility which should backup your XP files in a way that they can be restored from Windows 7 but you have to run this before you blew away your XP box...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Good luck.

P.S. Welcome to Windows 7. I complained up and down how you simply can not upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.


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