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Windows 7: how to use backup & restore in Win 7 ?

27 Mar 2011   #1

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how to use backup & restore in Win 7 ?

I recently bought a 500gb wafer-thin external usb hdd and backed up everything on my pc using the Win 7 backup option-- for some reason it took 11 hours to complete !

Now I have decided to restore this backup, I am bit confused how I proceed.

There are 3 files shown on the external hdd :

MediaID.bin-- Windowsimagebackup, and Mike-Tosh. I selected the windowsimagebackup, which surprisingly took only a minute or two to complete.

But when I went back to my desktop, all my program icons were there, but clicking on any them resulted in a 'cannot find program' message.

I then took a look at the Mike-Tosh file and it contained dozens and dozens of zip files.

My problem is not knowing the how to properly restore a full backup ? can anyone tell me the correct procedure please ?

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27 Mar 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

You have to use windows system image restore program to do it.

Boot the windows 7 dvd/recovery disc.

Select restore system image

System Image Recovery
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27 Mar 2011   #3

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Thanks, but I fear I am back to same position as before. i.e my shortcut desktop icons do not open any programs, I was hoping the 'restore' function would apply to the registry as well.

I selected folders C & D to restore, when this finishes should I also select 'recover your system settings' as well ?
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27 Mar 2011   #4
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mikepallen, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a go at the information listed in this tutorial at the link below to see if it will serve you better and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker
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