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Windows 7: Little hic-up during file restore


11 Jan 2012   #1

windows 7 Home Premium(SP1) X64
 
 
Little hic-up during file restore

Greetings people. My OS(Windows 7 ultimateX32) HD seemingly failed. So I bought a new HD and reinstalled Win 7. At this point, I was thinking that I had lost all of my files. However, when I hit "restore", I was presented with about 12 restore points which are on a second HD. Naturally, I chose the latest one, which was still quite recent, so I did the restore. When it was complete, I looked for my files and they were not there. I remembered seeing something about "USER", so I went there and sure enough, there were all the restored files under a different user called admin. Now, my latest install was given a different user name, "Ken".
My question is---can I easily get all of my freshly restored files(favs., contacts, and pics) back into their proper places under my "Ken" user of my fresh Windows 7 install?? Or do I have to manually move them.


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11 Jan 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hawker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to copy and paste the files you wanted from admin to the Ken using two Windows Explorer windows opened side by side to help make it easier.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Jan 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

System restore only restores system files - no user files. But you can recover user files from restore points with Shadow Explorer
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11 Jan 2012   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You will need to create the user before you copy the files across.

What I mean is that you cant create a user by just copying the user directory.
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12 Jan 2012   #5

windows 7 Home Premium(SP1) X64
 
 

Thanks guys. I got most all of my system files back into their proper places of my fresh Windows 7 install. So, are favorites-contacts-downloads-documents considered system or user files? Anyway, I was able to get what I needed thru RESTORE.
Guess I should look into cloud???????????????????????????
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12 Jan 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Hawker.

Favorites-contacts-downloads-documents would be considered user files.

Nar, save your money and just backup to a separate external or internal HDD.
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