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Windows 7: f11 to create backup, reinstalled 7 but can't access usb backup

02 Nov 2012   #1

Win7 home something or other!
f11 to create backup, reinstalled 7 but can't access usb backup

Title says it all.

Couple of days ago when starting up my year old laptop,running 7 home something or other(?), I ended up with a non responsive grey screen.

Previously I had had some problems after accidentally downloading iLivid download manager resulting in my search engine being redirected to searchnu. I thought I had removed everything by deleting files and using the goback option.

So I used Esc and F11 on startup to get a backup made, then to restore the system. I did not use the DVD supplied with the laptop, just used the F11 options.

Now I have a "clean" system but I am unable to restore the backup as the computer does not see the USB stick onto which I saved the backup files. I can see the files if I use explorer but can not persuade the computer to incorporate the backup files into the new system.

Hope all this makes sense.

What did I do wrong and what do I need to do to get all my setting, options, favorites, pictures etc etc back onto my laptop and working as previously.

Or is this not how backup works?

I did run a malware search of the USB backup files with nothing being found.

I use Firefox as my browser, avast and malwarebyte as protection.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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