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Windows 7: backed up WLMB file, needs restoring !!!

06 Feb 2010   #1

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backed up WLMB file, needs restoring !!!

hi i recently re-installed my win 7, after backing everything up.. when i tried to restore my e-mails the import folder on live mail could not find them !!! yet when i go to my windows live mail back up folder i can see there is a file name 'live mail' which is 194MB !!! and a WLMB file type... i have tried to run it - nothing.. i have tried to copy n paste straight into windows live mail - nothing... i have tried the import function it finds the folder but not the 'live mail' WLMB file.. please please please could anybody please help me, i have some very important e-mails saved yet cannot retrieve them , although i know they must be in that file somewhere as its 194MB... please any help in an easy simple format please.... thank you in advance
Vovski


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06 Feb 2010   #2

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An alternative approach might be to go to windows.old, everything should be there, too.

If you did a clean install (format) the file will not be there.

You will find windows.old, if you click on your C drive. It will be one of the folders.
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07 Feb 2010   #3

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hi richard, i did a clean install, any other ideas !!! i know im a bit of a novice/geek but surely if i can see the file and it has 194Mb there must be some way of opening it... why would it of stored it as a WLMB file anyway ?? i backed up the pc as recomended yet now i cant open my files !!!!
HELP !!! HELP !!! HELP !!!
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07 Feb 2010   #4

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What mail client did you have, Outlook, Windows Live? How did you back up? What software did you use to back up?
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07 Feb 2010   #5

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hi richard i had windows live, i backed it up 2 ways firstly i used the back up and restore function on windows and stored all files and folders on my pc onto my freecom hard drive.. the files are a 22.2Gb size and are a MediaID type.. i also copy and pasted all e-mails to a separate e-mail folder, these also are the WLMB type.. i did a restore of all files nd folders and all were restored, except for my e-mails which i can not open !!!!!
HELP !!! HELP !!! HELP !!!
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07 Feb 2010   #6

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Good Morning

You had Vista? You did not use Windows Easy Transfer?
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07 Feb 2010   #7

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hi richard, i was firstly using vista ultimate, i then installed windows 7 ultimate on top of vista, i encountered a few problems with the installation so i was told to do a clean install which i did.. hence backing everything up with windows back up and restore.. i know this may be a stupid question but are there no programs out there which will simply open that WLMB file ???
thank you
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07 Feb 2010   #8

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I do not know if this is the easiest way, but it is a way with a high problablity of working. From back up and restore, restore all of your doucments in the normal fashion. From the restoration use Windows Easy Transfer to Transfer to the preferred locaton. Just type Widows Easy Trasfer In search to get started. It my opinion that you cannot use import, export from a back up and restore. You must actually restore. After you actually restore, you may even be able to use import, export.
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07 Feb 2010   #9

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vovski
Have you tried to take owmership of the folder and files that you want to restore?
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07 Feb 2010   #10

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hi richard, just tried that option, transfer finds the folder but does not see the WLMB file inside it !!! yet when i manually go to the destination folder i find the WLMB file staring me in the face !!!!!
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