Within a couple weeks of getting my laptop (Dell Vostro 3700, intel i5, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit) I used the Windows backup tool to make a set of restore disks. I have recently learned this may have been a mistake.
Fast forward: a few weeks ago I did a clean install of Windows 7 from the system disks that came with my computer. It worked ok, but it's missing drivers
and programs and such- I've lost multitouch on my trackpad, for instance.
So I decided to restore from my DVDs, and they don't work. Some quick research around this site informs me this is not uncommon, but is there a way to pull the data off them onto, say, an external hard drive, and restore from there? Or restore parts of the data by hand?