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Windows 7: Restoring files from a Vista backup to 7


24 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Restoring files from a Vista backup to 7

Hi, bear with me, it's a little complicated...

I'm trying to restore files from a Vista backup into 7, but, once they're restored I can't find them.

It only affects files that were in the various 'my documents', 'my downloads' etc folders on my Vista install - files from other partitions etc restore fine.

It seems as if the files are definitely being restored somewhere, because if I restore them again I get 'would you like to overwrite these files' dialogs. I've tried searching for the filenames after they're restored but they don't appear. I think maybe it's possible that 7 is restoring them under a different user (although my user name on 7 is the same as it was on Vista).

Is there any way I can view these files?

Many thanks





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24 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Click on computer, then 'Local Disk C:\
Do you have a folder named C?
If you do, click to open it, then click on 'users' ... see if your restored files are in the folder with your name.

*** You may have to 'unhide'/show hidden files and folders.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Jacee

I do get the C folder each time I try to restore something, but it appears to only contain an empty Users folder. I've shown hidden files and folders but no joy. I think the files are in that folder somewhere - they just don't want to be found!
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10 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7
 
 
Help Please!!!!

Hi, was there a resolution to the problem described in this thread. I am experiencing exactly the same problem and cannot seem to resolve it. Any help appreciated. The original thread is posted below.

"Hi, bear with me, it's a little complicated...

I'm trying to restore files from a Vista backup into 7, but, once they're restored I can't find them.

It only affects files that were in the various 'my documents', 'my downloads' etc folders on my Vista install - files from other partitions etc restore fine.

It seems as if the files are definitely being restored somewhere, because if I restore them again I get 'would you like to overwrite these files' dialogs. I've tried searching for the filenames after they're restored but they don't appear. I think maybe it's possible that 7 is restoring them under a different user (although my user name on 7 is the same as it was on Vista).

Is there any way I can view these files?

Many thanks "
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10 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Folders appear empty unless you use that Take Ownership program on the folder, then stuff appears. Be careful. Taking ownership in the wrong place can corrupt programs with no explanation. Be prepared to restore to an earlier time.
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10 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. How do I use the take ownership function? Is it in control panel somewhere?

Cheers
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10 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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10 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7
 
 
Still frustrated

Hi folks, still can't seem to see the file even though I've tried the take ownership option. Because I can't see the directory, I can't apply the new ownership rules. Any other options I may be able to try?

Cheers
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