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Windows 7: Restoring files from a Vista system image in Windows 7

02 Jun 2009   #1

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Restoring files from a Vista system image in Windows 7

I had to wipe and reinstall my system over the weekend, and I had created a Windows Vista image a few weeks back. I decided to run the Windows 7 RC 1 - 64 bit on my system. It's installed perfectly and it's running really well.

However, I want to restore my docs and pictures from my 'Vista backup image', but the Windows 7 restore tool doesn't see the image file. It's on my external hard drive. It won't let me browse to that folder to select the image, which is a VHD image btw.

Does anyone know how I can access that image and restore files from it? Even mounting it would be fine.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2009   #2


Have you read Windows 7 Help & Support regarding backups?
Open Backup & Restore and click the blue (?) near the upper right.

Have you tried to simply browse to your backup file and double click it to see if it will open a backup and restore window? How about right click and "open with" (if available) and browse to windows backup & restore?

Can't give specific's as i've never used it, but it does say that you should be able to restore files from vista within 7.

good luck.

Here's a tutorial on this forum for restoring files, hope it helps.

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