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Windows 7: Unable to restore from a .bkf file

18 Sep 2009   #1
nswar

Window 7 RC1
 
 
Unable to restore from a .bkf file

I installed W7 4 weeks ago and tweaked it to my liking and decided to back up settings and files to an external HD and ended up with file with the extension .bkf, but I don't know how to get W7 to restore from this file. Right-clicking on it does not get me anywhere, just a choice of ordinary programs.

If I start up Window XP and try the right-click I get the XP file restore wizard starting up, but of course that is no good when I want to restore in W7.

Anyone with any idea, please

Kurt


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18 Sep 2009   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What program did you use to back up your settings and files?
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18 Sep 2009   #3
nswar

Window 7 RC1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
What program did you use to back up your settings and files?
I used the W7 Backup Wizard.
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18 Sep 2009   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Do you mean the Backup and Restore Center (control panel -> system and security -> backup and restore)?
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14 Oct 2009   #5
Zoner

Windows 7
 
 
What do I do with my bkf files?

I, too am a victim. I have a large collection of my customer's data in .bkf files. Today I needed to restore one, but now that I'm running Windows 7 it lools like I have to downgrade to XP to retore them. Can it be that MS really thinks changing backup formats is a good idea? Really?

After trying Live Mail and not being able to read the subject lines, I gave up on that, too. Maybe I'll have to show my customers how up-to-date I am and revert to XP or maybe Win98!

If anyone can offer a hint on how to maintain the reatore capability of XP under Win7, I'm all ears.
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14 Oct 2009   #6
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zoner View Post
I, too am a victim. I have a large collection of my customer's data in .bkf files. Today I needed to restore one, but now that I'm running Windows 7 it lools like I have to downgrade to XP to retore them. Can it be that MS really thinks changing backup formats is a good idea? Really?

After trying Live Mail and not being able to read the subject lines, I gave up on that, too. Maybe I'll have to show my customers how up-to-date I am and revert to XP or maybe Win98!

If anyone can offer a hint on how to maintain the reatore capability of XP under Win7, I'm all ears.
So, you have XP restore data and you are trying to use Windows 7 to do a restore? That seems like an apples to oranges issue, and not a problem with Windows 7. I would expect if you want to restore files to an XP system, you'd need to be running XP to do it. Install XP in a virtual environment and restore the files that way. Personally, if I was supporting customers that had XP, I'd keep one or two XP machines around.

As for Live Mail - what problems are you having? I don't use it, but my oldest son does and he doesn't have any problems with it.
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14 Oct 2009   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zoner View Post
I, too am a victim. I have a large collection of my customer's data in .bkf files. Today I needed to restore one, but now that I'm running Windows 7 it lools like I have to downgrade to XP to retore them. Can it be that MS really thinks changing backup formats is a good idea? Really?

After trying Live Mail and not being able to read the subject lines, I gave up on that, too. Maybe I'll have to show my customers how up-to-date I am and revert to XP or maybe Win98!

If anyone can offer a hint on how to maintain the reatore capability of XP under Win7, I'm all ears.

Zoner

If your machine can run a VM you can run xp in it and dual boot

Ken
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14 Oct 2009   #8
ultraplanet

Windows 7
 
 

I was looking into this before I actually made the jump to w7 but ended up not using it so I can't say for sure it will work but it is worth a try. It's for Vista and Server 2008 so maybe.....

Download details: Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility

Utility for restoring backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to computers running Windows Vista and Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008.
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15 Oct 2009   #9
Zoner

Windows 7
 
 
What do I do with my bkf files?

Thanks for the insights, but perhaps I didn't explain clearly enough... It doesn't matter what OS my customers use, I have backup files of their data that I keep in one secure baclkup file per job. They are not system files, but very large collections of data. These were made when my machines were running XP, so I would think that Microsoft would provide backward compatibility for restoring from the files.

I do have machines that run XP, and could use these to do the restore, or I could run a virtual XP machine. But why would I want to spend the extra (non-revenue) time to go through all of that and copy hundreds of Gigs from machine to machine when the whole purpose of a backup file is to restore it some day in the future?

I also went through this when I had backups on 4mm tape, and Windows stopped supporting the drives. Maybe I'm too critical, but I prefer making money with my time than fiddling with incompatible software.

And for some reason the subject lines on Live Mail are dark-white on light-white, and are barely readable in a bright environment. Its not my hardware that causes it, either.

Thanks again for your suggestions.
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15 Oct 2009   #10
ultraplanet

Windows 7
 
 

The link to the program I provided above should do exactly what you are looking for. Provide a way to use Windows 7 to restore files from a backup made using XP's backup utility.

After trying this out it doesn't work but the ntbackup utility itself will run under w7.

Copy 3 files from XP (c:\windows\system32) to a new folder on the Windows 7 machine (not the system32 folder though because w7 has its own version of vssapi.dll):

ntbackup.exe
ntmsapi.dll
vssapi.dll

Run ntbackup.exe from the folder you created on the windows 7 machine.

Click on do not show this message again when warned that removable storage service is not running.

Click on OK

NTBackup starts up and runs just like on XP.
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