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Can Windows XP read a file backup of Windows 7?

Question: Can Windows XP read a file backup of Windows 7?

If I do a file backup on windows 7, can windows XP read it, and then restore those files onto the Windows XP computer?

(not system image, just a backup)

Or do I have to manually copy and paste the desired files onto an external HDD and transfer them to Windows XP?

Thank you for your time.

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Preferred Solution: Can Windows XP read a file backup of Windows 7?

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Answer: Can Windows XP read a file backup of Windows 7?

I don't think that Windows 7 can read backup files from XP...not sure the other way round.

But I would copy and paste or use a third party backup program to be sure.

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I believe MS access is unable to read such file. SQLite is also not working

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate connected to network with Server 2008 (R2).

I am trying to backup the System Image [only] to a share on the server without success:

[Window Title] Windows Backup: Troubleshooting Options

[Main Instruction] Check your backup

[Content] Windows Backup cannot read the backup destination.

[Try to run backup again] [Change backup settings]

[Expanded Information]
Backup time: 8/05/2016 6:20 PM
Backup location: \\Server2008\backup\
Error code: 0x8078006F

The backup location is a valid share on the server and is accessible (and read/writeable) from my Win7 machine. Both SYSTEM and Administrators have "Full control". When setting up the backup, the location is tested and a username and password requested - these are accepted (and wrong ones are not, so some sort of check is being carried out), however when I attempt to run the backup (either manually or on schedule) the backup runs briefly (a few %) then fails with the message "Windows backup did not complete successfully" then the message box as above. No files are created at the backup location.

A search of the web finds a lot of similar questions and a lot of wrong and useless answers. This has been an ongoing problem for some time, but I really would like to have a regular scheduled backup. Has anybody got any clues, please?

Answer:Windows Backup cannot read the backup destination, Error: 0x8078006F

Hi Seven,

include the domain name of the network drive (not the computer you're backing up, but the network device): NETWORKDEVICE\Username\backup\

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I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

Answer:WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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I use Windows 7 and have backed up some of my files, etc onto a CD. During the process I was asked if I wanted to use this disk like a USB flash drive - which I said yes to.

When I put this disk into EITHER my laptop that runs Windows XP ...OR another desktop pc that runs Windows XP .... only ONE item shows up as being on the disk even though I have 20 or more items backed up on this disk.

If I put the disk back into my pc with Windows 7 ~ everything is there.

Why won't Windows XP read the files on my disk???

Answer:Windows XP won't read CD from Windows 7 backup

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Question: Read backup file

How can you read what files were backed up to a backup disk?

Answer:Read backup file

Hello Jackman,

If these are files from a Windows Backup, then you could start the restore form backup process just far enough to scroll through the file in the backup to see.

Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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In the past whenever I needed more disk space for a backup I would just delete my old backups but recently Windows Backup has just been adding the new backups to the old file.
So now I have one 500 GB file that includes a dozen backups ranging from October until now and if I need to make space for a new backup I'm forced to delete the only backup I have!

I want to set it up so that it will create a new file every time I run it. I've gone through all of the settings and I've searched online all over the place but I can't seem to find an answer to this problem.

Answer:Windows Backup keeps adding to the old backup file

I don't use Windows 7 Back and Restore just for that reason. It may work and then not work.
My here suggest Macrium Reflect but I use Acronis True Image WD Free Edition and NEVER had
a problem.
Sorry I did not answer your Q.

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I backed up W8.1 and installed W10 as per directions. I backed up everything to my hard drive via Windows 7 Back up and Restore' and got the following errors:
Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
C:\Users\XXXXXXXX\OneDrive\Music. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
C:\Users\XXXXXX\Pictures\Saved Pictures. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
Note: XXXX = Account name
Its a bit confusing to have File History (Files only) and Windows 7 back up and restore for everything including a system image..........What is the best options for a USB hard drive back-up tool?

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I am trying to recover data from my clone backup computer that was running
Win95, I was burning a backup DVD with the MS backup program that came with
MS Win95..

This backup DVD has some information that I really need.

Is there a program that will read and recover a .QIC file ?



Answer:How can I read a MS Win95 backup file(.QIC)

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Just had pc rebuilt it is Pentium p4 running at 2.4Ghz,sp2,80gb HDD. I did a back up on old pc with Nero in Nov 2007, version 6 I think. I found a file on a disc that I had in Excel that had a list of my fishing tackle on it. If I click on this file and tell it to open with Nero Express that I have now it says it is not a valid win 32 program. It is saved as an xls file. What am I doing wrong, any help appreciated Ta Mick.

Answer:cannot read Nero backup file.

I don't understand why you would want to open a spreadsheet using Nero Express - you need to use Excel or similar.

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Hi, I have created a windows image backup by win 7 file recovery from control panel of win 8 and now I want to restore that backup.But when I choose "select another backup to restore files from" it finds no backup.And the backup was made successfully without any errors.How can I restore that backup now?

Answer:Can't restore backup made by 'Windows 7 file recovery' on windows 8

You use Windows 7 to restore a image backup made by Windows 7.Data only files that do not include or require system settings  may be stored on external media  in any format commonly used. Backup Files category includes individual file backups and files related to backup software. Individual backup files are often generated automatically by software programs. Backup software files include incremental backups and full system backups.Common backup file extensions include .BAK, .TMP, and .GHO.Does this help any?

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I stored my backup in (C , when Im restoring it, it reached 22% then an error message pop out, "File Cannot be Read" , then im forced to either Reboot or Shutdown, which Reboot won't help a thing because the Automatic Repairs are also not functioning. PLEASE HELP, really need the old backup, or are there any other method to restore it? since all I need was my old pics and I don't really care the other stuff. THANKS!!!!

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Greetings all

I'm feeling very silly as I may have just flushed my whole data world away.

I did a "Restore to factory settings" on my Dell Inspiron 1420 with Vista Home Premium 32. I followed the directions from their website and did a full backup to my external NAS first. I got a "backup completed successfully" message.

I restored the system software successfully from the "D" partition on the internal hard drive, but when I tried to restore my personal files / data I got an "Access is denied (0x80070005)" message. I can "see" the network drive and the folder that the backup was made to on the "My computer" screen. I am unable to open the file, or change any access options to it.

Dell customer support (under warranty) said they couldn't help as the problem was likely third party software (I'm running only Vista and McAfee, that I know of, both of which came with my computer.) and referred me to their for-fee customer service, at which I balked and now I'm here.

Any thoughts on how to get into my backup file? Trying to remain calm...

Thanks in advace!

Answer:Unable to read backup file after restore. Error 0x80070005

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Hi All,
Is there any way to read/extract data from sql server backup file without restoring it?

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i hav recently reinstalled windows 7 from windows xp ..... and i hav created my games backup file ......... but nw i m having a trouble to open it in windows 7......

plz help me

Answer:Need a software to open .bkf file(windows XP backup file)


MS has made available the NT backup restore utility for restoring XP backups on win7. See this support page, the download link is also on that page.

Description of the Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

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Answer:How can I read a DOS file in Windows XP

odds are the disk is bad and can't be read in the floppy drive.What is the file format of these files? In other words Word docs/excel/???Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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I used to have XP as my O/S and scanned a lot of files.
The scanned files have an extension .max

Since I switched to Windows 7 I cannot read ( open ) them anymore.Searching Google provided no
valuable solution,therefore I wonder if anybody on this Forum can help ?

What I am looking for is a program that let's me read the .max files.

I appreciate your help


Answer:How to read a .max file in Windows 7

Have a look at There is a link there to also convert them to PDF. Putting your question into any search engine will get you lots of info.

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I tried searching it on Google but didn't find anything, the backup file created in XP and Win7 is saved with .bkf file extension,

I want to know the same for the file history in Windows 8, what's the extension or the files are simply saved in the same directory structure with same file extensions as originals,

Answer:File format of Backup file in Windows 8

Windows 8 use's the Windows 7 Backup & Recovery.
Backup Files in Windows 8

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Hi Guys,
I hope I am not asking a question that has been answered before, but I couldn't see a search window to look. I have Windows 98SE on my PC and have downloaded an .img file for the drivers for a Netgear router. As instructed by Netgear, I have burned the file onto a CD, but still cannot open it in a readable form or run it to install on my PC. Is there a way to use this file or do I have to convert it? I don't have the installation disc as my son gave me the router and couldn't find the disc. I am a bit of a novice with PCs so could anyone help me please ( replies in layman's terms please as I am not very conversant with computer terminology ). Many thanks, Peter.

Answer:how do I read an .img file in Windows 98SE?

Hi madpete

You can use ImgBurn to burn the .img to CD/CDRW, its as easy as installing the software, running it and then click Write Image file to Disk, locate the .img file and click Write at Bottom.

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hi all,

Is there anything worth saving in the C:\Windows backup file, or is it all just libraries and binaries? Are there any settings or configuration stored in the folder?


Answer:C:\Windows file for backup

Several registry files are located in C:\Windows\System32\Config but there is little point in backing it up separately as you can't realistically restore it in isolation.

I would suggest you make system images of everything every so often and then backup your user data more frequently. There are many tools for making system images - Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download is quite popular.

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Answer:New Windows 7 PC- How do I change READ ONLY file status?

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windows 7 dell laptop . unable to run cdfs cd. eveytime no location found comes on screen. Kindly help.

Answer:Unable to read cdfs file cd in Windows 7

"no location found" means the CD drive is not reading the CD. If it's a home-made CD it may have been written to improperly, or the CD is damaged or very badly scratched.message edited by phil22

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Hello and Thank you For Looking At My Post I Hope You Can Fix This!!!!

Now I Am missing a windows xp file the file is:


It Says When I Start My Windows Xp 2002 SP1 Home edition:

NTLDR is missing press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

Please What Do I Do!

Answer:Solved: ~PLEASE READ~ Windows Xp Is Missing A File!

If you have the installation CD of Windows, see this tip.
If you do not have it, then follow the procedure below:
You have a message warning you that one of these files is missing:
NTLDR is missing NTLDR is missing. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart NTLDR is compressed. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart NTLDR is compressed. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart NTDETECT V1.0 Checking Hardware ... NTDetect Failed Invalid Boot.ini Invalid Boot.ini

Downloading and preparing the necessary files
Downloading and preparing the Recovery Console

Materials needed:

USB key (at least 300kb free)
A blank CD or DVD

Downloading and preparing the necessary files
Download the files ntldr and here
Right click on the folder and extract all.
Copy the files NTLDR and NTDETECT file to your USB key.

Downloading and preparing the Recovery Console
Download XP Recovery Console here
Right click on the folder and extract all.
Then download active iso burner here
Right click on the folder and extract all.
Open the program and select .iso file for the Recovery console.

Then click Burn to burn your console to the blank CD/DVD.

Copying files
Insert your key and insert your cd.
Restart your PC to the Recovery Console.

Do this:
Type diskpart and locate the letter corresponding to your USB key.
Press Esc to exit Diskpart.
Type the following:X: (where X: represent the letterdrive for your USB)copy ntldr c:copy c:
Then type the command exit to restart.


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Hello I have been trying to back up my bookmark folders from Mozilla and they come up with a .json extension. but now I cant get windows to read the file? Is this normal, or is it because windows cant read mozilla file extensions or something?Ultimately How do I get my bookmarks saved, so I can have a copy of them for when I use a clean install of Win XP Pro SP 3 on this drive?Any input would be greatly appreciated here thank you.

Answer:Back up .json file, Windows cant read??

Quotethey come up with a .json extensionSince when?Use:1. Mozbackup: FEBE:

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Hi, having major problems with the windows back up when I set it up with a schedule task it runs, then the following week it fails to run. Friend told me to set up a batch file to do this and then create a schedule to run the batch file. There in lies the problem creating the batch file. The back up is going to a mapped drive with the folder created but it has been so long since I wrote a batch file that it makes no sense to me.. Can anyone help.Thanks in advance

Answer:Batch File for windows backup

This should get you started:

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My computer crashed so I bought a new one. The old one had window xp home and the new one is running on windows 7. I did have all my files backed up onto an external hard drive. The file has a BFK or BKF extension which research says is from the xp backup utility program. I tried to download the backup program from Microsoft but it says I'm running the wrong operating system even though their documentation says it's specifcally for the xp to 7 program. I have the original xp home disk and tried to install just the backup program only to read the small print that xp home doesn't support recovery of the can only create it. I even tried to run one of those pay $90 for the software programs to see the files but it gave me an error message, probabably because the file is quite large. So how do I restore the files/documents from my backup file? Still had the program disks so they weren't lost (except one). Any idea?

Answer:restoring xp backup file to windows 7

There's a tool from M$ to restore .BKF files using NTBackup in Windows 7.Windows 7 News!

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I have been using Windows 7 Backup for a while and intend to start from scratch again.
There are a number of files on the External Hard Drive.
Where do I go to find out which of these are related to the Backup. The standard instructions give no indication of the names of the files that will be created.

Answer:Windows 7 Backup - What file names

I have a W7 machine that I backed up to an external hard drive which shows a folder of Windows Image Backup.

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Hi, my partner reinstalled his bro's computer and put a copy of his hard drive on my computer for "safe keeping". It's 3.2gig and now I want to get rid of it but I can't. Whenever I try to open or delete any folder within it I get "D:/Peter/games is not accessible - Access is denied" I am administrator and I guess somehow his folder permissions have been transferred over but I don't know what to do next. I'm running win XP. We've tried DOS prompt, Nortons System Works, windows Safe mode and another random little DOS program. None will even allow me to look at the folders - which are games, fat32, windows, documents and settings, should of, and program files.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Can't delete a windows backup file?;en-us;308421&sd=tech

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Hi FolksHaving looked at my fathers computer i found in the C:\ directory a backup for the registry. when i asked him about this he claimed that nobody had been in the registry, all he could say was he thinks he has had a intruder. On the date the file says it was created and entry in the firewall log shows a Default TransScout. Now could it be possible that an intrder could have made the backup file or is it possible the a user of the computer could have done it. He is running Windows XP Home Edition with Norton Internet Security and both are fully upto date also the computer was reinstalled at the end of Oct with a complete reformat.Any Help would be appriciatedMat2

Answer:Windows XP Registry Backup File

Is your dad running any registry error checkers?Also run a program like Ad Aware to make sure there are no data miner etc on your computer. IF all seems ok then it could well be a genuine intrusion especially with NiS detecting unusual activity. Hope this helps

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I recently looked in to setting up a backup process for some documents and pictures. I looked at a few programmes that would allow me to schedule a regular backup to an external drive. While I was looking, I found out that Windows 10 had that feature, so I set that up. I was hoping it would just create a mirror of my selected folders, but it seems to operate in a bit more compicated way. For some reason, it's seperated a few random files and stored them in a completely different directory (e.g. one single picture placed at ...Data\$OF\7832 when it should be in Data\C\Users\parabola50\Pictures). Not the end of the world, but it's also creating a new copy every time I modify a file. Files I modify frequently now have loads of copies backed up, whereas I just want the backup to maintain a mirror of my selected folders.

I looked at a few alternatives like SyncToy, but I didn't like that you had to schedule the backup times with the task manager and it didn't seem you could have that happen at frequent intervals (I'm using 30 mins at the moment). FreeFileSync seemed okay but I remember reading something about the installer containing hidden malware or something. I was just wondering if anyone could recommend a good programme, or tell me whether it's possible to alter the way in which the Windows one functions?


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I just ran my first Windows 7 Backup. I backed up some folders and stuff to my external hard drive. It created a backup file with my PC name, and also a MediaID.bin file. I don't like that my backup file is in the root of my hard drive. What if I want to move it somewhere else, or store it on a different drive? How can I move it? I tried moving BOTH the backup and MediaID.bin files to another folder on my external, and I was unable to restore from it. Moving them back to the root directory allowed me to restore from them. It seems silly that I wouldn't be able to move this to another drive.

Answer:How do I move a Windows 7 backup file?

If you were to rerun back up, does it give you an option as to where to save it to? That may be the best answer if it will let you specify EXACTLY were you want it, just back up again.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.If all else fails, read instructions.

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Hey everyone. I did a system restore and it made a backup of my last windows install. I want to delete it but whenever I try to it says access is denied. I searched with google and found an article that said to go into safe mode as admin and change the ownership of it and give yourself full control. I did that for the folder of my old windows profile "Owner" and set it to give me all access to it and everything in it but now i can open it but none of the other folders inside it. Hope that makes sense. Basically how do i delete the backup file? it keeps telling me access denied.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't access Windows backup file.

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Just wondering if it's possible to make Windows backup do it in another place besides the root of another drive.
It's really annoying seeing those files all the time,
so I move them to a folder anyways..
which ocfourse windows fails to see then, but since I dont have a schedueled backup it's ok for now...
Just need the one master backup for now, and if i add something or change something I move the files back to root to do that.
Just trying to make it easier :/

Answer:Windows Backup file location

No. Windows requires its backups to be in the root of the backup drive. Any that you move or rename will have to be moved back into the root and named WindowsImageBackup before you can restore from it.

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Running win 10 on a dell Inspiron one PC.........
I just bought a Seagate expansion drive 4TB but no software is included with drive, I find backing up a complex job so wanted simple to use software, I'm trying Windows file history and all I did was plug it in and away it went. My question is do I need software or is this method of backing up sufficient? I did try a free trial of Ashampoo backup Pro v11 and found it so easy to use and understand, but as win file history is free and I need to buy the Ashampoo software I wondered if File history is the best choice or do I need to splash the cash?

Answer:Backup with windows file history

File history will backup any file in you USER folders (docs downloads pics videos), if you save data anywhere else you need to "add those locations to File History.
Although your personal folders are saved it doesn't save the system files or installed programs so if windows crashes you need to reinstall windows and all your programs. For this reason I use Macrium reflect free to image my drives (weekly) to an external drive (+ make a rescue disk/usb) then I can restore my system exactly as it was in approx 15 minutes

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Hi guys, I would really appreciate any help on the following. I had a machine which only hard drive (running Win. XP Pro. SP2) was labled as "E". I changed this to "C" using Partition Magic 8, now when I try and boot the system I get the following error:

partitionmagic (xmnt2002.exe)

PartitionMagic is unable to read the batch file.

Verifiy that the system32 directory is not compressed or corrupt.

press any key to continue.

Once I press any key it says it's completed and then just hangs, I don't get to the Windows log on screen I have tried several things but got no where. I have a copy of Bart PC so can boot using this and edit the registry if need be but have had no success in what I have tried.

Thanks for reading this and if you think you can help please do, really appreciated! I have limited time to sort this as I leave this wkend

Answer:PartitionMagic is unable to read the batch file - Cannot log into Windows :(

The basic issue is that you can't simply change the drive letter of a bootable Windows installation. If you created the recovery disk for PM, use that to restore the changes you made.

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I have yet to install Windows 10, but I wanted to see if someone could tell me (before I install it) if Windows 10's File Explorer can read ID3 v2.4 tags on MP3. And if it can't read them by default (as I suspect), is there any way to enable File Explorer to read them?
I have uploaded an MP3 on the following link which contains ID3 v2.4 tags. If you can see the metadata such as Title, Artist, Album, Year, etc it means that File Explorer can read v2.4 tags. If the metadata looks blank, then it can't read them.

Answer:Is Windows 10's File Explorer able to read ID3 v2.4 tags on MP3s?

File Explorer can read and edit the tags, but ... the file I downloaded from your link doesn't seem to have any data in it.
I looked at the details pane and in the properties of the file - nada!

If I add data using File Explorer (feAdd), everything is ok:

and if I look in a music type folder, your get (after adding data in the fields using properties (PropAdd)

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Hi. I'm not sure which forum to put this in, so if it's in the wrong one, I apologize.

I have a font called King-Regular.ttf that has been on my 2 and a half year old laptop for a while now. Wanting to transfer it to my new laptop, I tried burning it onto 2 different CDs are well as using bluetooth to copy the file. However, every time I try to view or install the file on my new laptop, it says that the file is corrupted or that it is not a valid ttf file. I've tried the cd-burned copy in the old laptop and double-clicking lets me view it perfectly. So I was wondering if anyone knows what the possible problem could be, and how to solve it.

Thanks so much!

Answer:Windows Font Viewer refuses to read ttf file

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I have been trying to find a way for Windows Vista and 7 to use the Folder.jpg file in a folder as an album artwork icon (in lieu of a folder icon with skewed and obscured artwork), and since Windows no longer natively supports this feature, the best workaround I've been able to find is to replace the folder icon manually. This creates a desktop.ini file with an absolute path to the Folder.ico file I also have in each album folder. I then changed the desktop.ini to reference a relative path, like this:

Here's where my questions arise:

1. When I copy that desktop.ini to another folder with a Folder.ico file, Windows doesn't read it, even after restarting the computer. I've searched the web on this and have found thread after thread where people have the same issue, but no one seems to be able to resolve it without manually changing the icon, either through the Explorer interface or using the command prompt. Is there a way I can get Windows to read the manually-copied desktop.ini of every sub-folder in my music directory?

2. On a related note, when I copy my customized folders with the relative-path desktop.ini from my Windows Vista computer to my Windows 7 computer, the artwork doesn't show up there, even for the folders I got to look right in Windows Vista. Am I going to have to manually re-associate the desktop.ini every time I upgrade computers or reinstall the OS?
The album artwork looks so good, b... Read more

Answer:Solved: Get Windows to Read Copied desktop.ini File

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I'm diaging a clients computer and external backup. The USB external backup is toast, so no problem there. Win7 Backup however, is giving me grief.

Initially it was hanging at 57% which was attributed to the external backup. I switched to a USB 16gb flash drive and it will complete 100% EXCEPT for 2 single files:

I don't have the exact address at the moment but this is from memory and I'm 99% sure of it:


It's referring to a folder of photos on the Desktop. Inside is a folder of pictures and a matching ZIP folder.

Now, I've tried moving the folder into Documents, I've transferred the folder onto the flash and deleted the one on the desktop.

Still, when I run Backup, it completes with a RED bar and says the folder was skipped. The path, however, is what you see above. I can't access that exact path- only as far as systemprofile.

I want to be able to either remove that path or allow the folder to be backed up. I want to be able to run a clean Backup with no issues, as I'm sure the client wants it that way.

Any suggestions?

EDIT: It's also weird that the folder name ends with a period (/Folder./folder.)

I've read that Zipped files can cause errors, but I've tried Backup with the folder deleted with no change.

Has the folder perhaps been moved since it was made? And the config folder needs it back in the original location? I don't know... Read more

Answer:0x80070003 on Windows Backup. Delete sys file?

Can you rename the folder to the same name without the . at the end?
Also, when you browse to the folder, do you get any prompts stating anything along the lines of "To Continue, you need access - click continue" ?
You should be able to exclude this particular folder if the above steps don't work. I don't use the Windows backup, so I can't say for sure what the process is to do this, but I'm pretty sure you'd have to go to "advanced" settings.

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I got a WD "My Book Essential" 160gb external drive for Christmas, and as it did not come with backup software, I decided to try the Windows backup utility.

I reformatted the new drive from FAT32 into NTFS, and then I did a complete backup of the entire system. It asked for a diskette to create a boot disk, and then completed fine. However, when I looked at the .bkf file to see how large it was, it was 46 gb!! My hard drive on my pc that I backed up only shows 32 gb used. How could the backup file be larger than what was backed up? Is there some option/feature that I need to change?

I have a Dell desktop, XP Home.

Thank you for any advice!

Answer:windows backup file larger than source??

Did I post this in the wrong forum? No one has any ideas at all? Is my question "stupid" (thinking that is reason for no replies?)??

I have scoured the net for some clue on this and have come up empty.

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I left this for a few years but really should look into this again! I currently store Documents on my NAS so that I can access the latest copy on any PC in the house (photos and music are stored on my main PC then copied across). Each Friday the disc inside copies to a second disc to give me a second backup of the photos etc but only a single backup of the documents. The easiest way to back up the documents would be to schedule a backup from the NAS to the main PC but I am struggling to find anything that allows it.
Windows 10 back up utility allows the PC to be backed up to the NAS but not the other way round. I have Norton Security premium with back up but this does not allow network drives to be uploaded.
Is there a simple way of getting a single folder from the network drive (NAS) onto my Windows 10 PC to give my 3 identical locations for everything (4 if then these were uploaded to Norton)?
All I have read so far has either been about PC to NAS or full system backups.

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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 right now and I want to switch to Windows 8 Release Preview and Later when it comes out to Windows 8. Now, I have quite some data that I cannot risk to lose. I know that there is the option when on Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 8 keeping all the settings and files, at least that's what Microsoft says on their site.

I just wanted to know if it is SAFE to do so, because, as I said earlier, I cannot RISK LOSING that data no matter what.

So please tell me if it is Perfectly SAFE for that data to Upgrade to Windows 8 or do I have to Back it up somehow...

I would simply burn it to a DVD or set it on a external hard drive (if i had one :/... I have only USB sticks that are not larger than 8GB) but what we are talking about is about 150 GB large...

Answer:Install Windows 8 as main OS - File backup

If you want to be safe, then buy a new HD. Unplug your Win7 HD. Install 8 on the new hard drive with the old one UNPLUGGED. Then attach your old HD as a secondary drive and copy the data off.

That way nothing can go wrong and leave you with a dead system or an accidentally formatted windows 7 partition!

If the Win8 install goes completely fubar on you, simply plug the windows 7 drive back into the primary sata slot and your back to normal as if nothing happened.

If your win 7 drive is an expensive SSD then at least be sure to do a complete image backup of the drive onto another drive or network machine before doing anything.

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This is a brand (1 week old) new lap top. Have run windows 7 backup twice. Both times the backup completed but with the error message that "System cannot find the file specified (0x80070002)"The files are:C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Documents     andC:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Pictures I did a spot check and my documents and pictures did appear to get backed up. My Documents are under "This PC - Documents\MyDocuments"and my pictures are under "This PC - Pictures" I also loaded my music and videos under the corresponding directories under "This PC" and backup does not complain about these directories. Note I have two other computers another laptop and a desktop (both Dell Products) running Windows 10 and do not see this problem.   

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Hi Everyone,
This is my first posting on this forum, so please bear with me if I may have inadvertently not followed all the rules although I did try.

I have a need to run a backup job at logoff/shutdown using the Genie Backup Software. The code in the batch file to do so is shown here (Exactly as it appears in the batch file - the batch file is named "DeepakPC_Backup_GBM_Command.bat") :-

The following command can only be run on my main PC that runs on Windows 10 Professional 64 bit O/S with the Genie Backup Software.

Starts Here
"D:\Program Files\Genie9\Genie Backup Manager\GBM.exe" -e -job "DeepakPCBackup"
Ends Here

As a FYI, this command runs fine once the UAC dialog box is provided with the appropriate response when run at Command Prompt or by double clicking on the batch file. I do not wish for this UAC dialog box to appear and would want to run the application by passing the UAC dialog box.

The above batch file is not run directly but is called by a VB Script fie (a .vbs file named "DeepakPC_Backup_UserInteractionScript.vbs"), the contents of which are as follows :-

Dim objShell, strComputer, strInput
Const wshYes = 6
Const wshNo = 7
Const wshYesNoDialog = 4
Const wshQuestionMark = 32
Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
intReturn = objShell.Popup("Do you want run the backup job now?", 0, "Backup Now?", wshYesNoDialog + wshQuestionMark)
If intReturn = wshYes The... Read more

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My computer has several disk partitions. But instead of left them appear on My Computer screen, I mounted all of them to a subfolder in the drive C:. The windows 7 backup tool cannot find them so I cannot save backup files in there, and here same thing happened in windows 10. Seems like I have to add a drive letter to one of my extra disk volumes again.

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Hello. I've upgraded to windows 10 from 7 and I am happy enough with it. I have the File History backup set to automatic with default settings i.e. every hour, and keep backups forever. The thing is, when I go to 'more options' it says that the last backup was 3 days ago. So much for 'every hour'. Is there something else I need to do? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 10 file history backup question.

it checks every hour but It will only backup the file if its sees a change.
take it you haven't modified any data files for 3 days.

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I want to back up my Windows 10 laptop using the built-in Windows back up facility. All of the advice I have read on the internet suggest the use of File History.

I have a Western Digital 500GB USB hard drive which I attached to the laptop and followed the advice on the Windows 10 web site: Settings/Update and Security/Backup/Backup using File History/Automatically back up my files set to 'on'. Then in More options I clicked 'Back up now'.

I could feel the external HDD spinning for a couple of minutes and it then stopped. I left it for another hour to see if anything else happened, but nothing. I looked under 'This PC' for the external HDD, which was listed but remains empty, although it shows a folder 'File History' which is empty. That suggested that something was started but not completed.

I found this thread elsewhere on this forum:

file history - Windows 10 Forums

which discusses the possibility of the USB port (and HDD) being automatically turned off to save energy, and wondered whether that might be happening in my case.

I have now followed the procedure recommended and found that the external HHD now spins for a longer time. However, it stopped again after about 30 minutes, so I had a look in More options/Restore files from a current backup. This somehow caused the HDD to spin up again, but the message on that page states that the backup procedure is still working. Also, in 'This PC' the HDD icon still shows empty. After a further 20 minutes, it stop... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 File History backup not working

Let's start with the basics--
Have you formatted the external HDD with the computer to which is it attached?
Can you manually write a file to your external HDD and see that file in Windows Explorer?

I find the Windows 10 File History to work well on my Win 10 PCs. I have also used the Win 7 backup with success.

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I can't find the Backup Wizard in my System Tools. I understand that I can install it off the XP CD, but that wasn't provided with my computer. I created a Windows Boot CD when I first started the computer. Can I install the Backup Utility off that? If not, how can I find or download it?:

Answer:Solved: Windows XP File Backup Utility

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Hi, I had a laptop Vaio, windwos XP home edition and before crashing for good I manage to have all data saved on external hard drive. Now I have a new HP, Windows 7, processor A8 and when I try to trim the backup data I can't delete anything from it. The delete button just doesn't work and right click dosen't show delete option. The data is huge I need that space.Thanks.

Answer:Can't delete backup file created in XP, now I run Windows 7

Have you tried to format the drive through Disk Management? Formatting will erase everything on it. This assumes you don't still have anything on the external drive you want to save.

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Good Day,
Several months ago, on my Windows 7 Ultimate system, a Windows prompt to backup my encrypted file info has been popping up every boot. In sloth I have routinely told it to remind me again, until the time would come to investigate it.
I am here, today with other issues and this reminded me of the above problem. I do not use any Window's encrypted files or bitlocker to the best of my knowledge. I am concerned as to the cause as well as to the solution. Can anyone help me with this issue?

Answer:Important Windows Encrypted file Backup

This might throw some light on our problem:
windows 7 - I started getting a weird message "Encrypting file system - Back up your file encryption key" - Super User

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hi again forum members,
I have just successfully performed a standard system restore on my Packard Bell, 2001 build computer, after getting multi errors on my C Drive.
I then tried to restore my 20 Gb backup file from my slave drive, using the Winows Backup Wizard and this message came up: The backup file contains unrecognisable data and cannot be used. I successfully made this file in Srpt. '07, using the advanced mode on the Windows Backup. I have tried restoring using this mode and standard mode, but no joy. I have OEM Windows XP. Has anyone come across this problem before and is there something I need to install before I restore the backup? I had SP2 on my backup file, but my computer hasn't got it now, after reinstalling Windows.
Any ideas welcomed. Thank you.
Regards tech-no

Answer:Windows Backup won't restore saved file?

Just to let everyone know, if they come across this problem with an older computer. You have to install Service Pack 2 first before the Windows Backup will load. I have successfully loaded my Backup now and reccomend using this method, it sure beats installing everything manually. I would like to thank TheMatt and kinbard for answering my private messages to them.
Regards tech_no
This thread can be closed now thank you.

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Few months back, I have taken complete system backup with ntbackup utility as a bkf file, and now when I am trying to restore it on my Windows 8 system it comes up with an error message which is not allowing to restore data from windows backup (bkf) file. Please guide me with the solution to restore corrupt windows backup file.

Answer:how to restore corrupt windows backup file?

What is the error you are getting ?

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I have copied my old Whatsapp backup file "messages.db" to my Laptop. I would like to know to open that file in a readable format. Please help me how to open that file & get the chat information in that backup file.

Answer:Windows Whatsapp backup file messages.db

You will need Microsoft Access to open the file.

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I have a SSD 256 GB (1 partition with Windows OS) and an internal hard drive 3 TB (6 partitions).
I format my PC very often, so I need an easy solution not to spend 7 hours of re-installing always everything.
I am looking to backup my Windows 8.1 Installation (from SSD to HDD) with all settings/files and installed programs.
So cloning my drive C: to a single file that will be located on another partion (which is not empty but has also music files)
I would like that the restore process be done with a free bootable software that lets me select this file.
I have already burned a bootable DVD with Partition Wizard Home Edition.
When I try to backup it needs me to select a Partition where to transfer, but I don't know if it will delete the data on that partion?
If with Partition Wiziard this is not possible, please suggest me any other way or software.
Your assistance will be very much appreciated.

Answer:How to backup my Windows 8 drive to a single file?

Hello, and Welcome
My first choice would be Macrium Free. You can create a WinPE boot disk easily on a Windows 7 computer.
Also good, and free, with the ability to make a UEFI bootable disk is Aoemi Backupper Standard. They also make a separate WinPE builder with all their tools including Partition Manager.
In order to boot the disks on a Windows 8 computer, you need to disable Secure Boot and possibly Fastboot. If that does not work change the BIOS from UEFI to Legacy or CSM boot.

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I need to copy several files from desktop to mapped network drive so here is simple bat file i wrote

copy %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\ W:\backup\1.db

but it doesn't work... syntax error any help?

EDIT: ok error myself... it should be copy "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\" W:\backup\1.db

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I ran Windows backup and the backup didn't complete successfully due to some files that couldn't be found.

The missing files are associated with the UpdatusUser user account. I think this user account is a type of system account that's used for application or program updates other than Windows or Microsoft update.

I may have deleted something some time ago in an attempt to remove old software from my system.

Is there a way to delete this entire user account and then reestablish it so that it is available to whatever programs use it?

I think that if this user account was restored to its "like new" condition, I wouldn't get the Windows backup errors.

I don't have a restore point or system image that predates this issue.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


Answer:Windows Backup Errors - Cannot Find the File Specified

I resolved this issue.

The UpdatusUser user account is a feature of Nvidia automatic updates. I must have corrupted that user account deleting other software. I deleted the user account and all the Nvidia software and drivers and reinstalled them. My subsequent backup was successful.


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I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7 which I had backed up regularly on a 1TB USB drive.(It has come in handy on several occasions)
If I had installed a fresh non upgrade Windows 8, would it have had a backup routine? I'm very happy with the way things work, not complaining, but I would appreciate a little enlightenment on the subject.

Thank you,


Answer:Why isn't the backup called Windows 8 File Recovery?

The emphasis in Windows 8 has been moved to File History for file backup and recovery (not image backup) and Backup is now called Windows 7 File Recovery. You access it via Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows 7 File Recovery.

Why? No idea, that's just how it works.

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For quite a while I was having a problem with windows backup coming up with the error "The system cannot find the file specified." I tried using other programs to backup but they all either had an error or hung. I could not find a solution. So, yesterday I decided to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium to try and solve the problem. I finally got all my core programs and drivers and decided to try a backup. I get the exact same error as I did before the re-installation. This has made me super frustrated that I reinstalled with no backup for absolutely no reason.

After the re-installation there was a windows.old folder in my c drive which I deleted (This might be causing the error this time?)

Fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium has error "The system cannot find the file specified" when trying to use Windows Backup. Deletion of windows.old folder might be the cause.

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So I just got a new computer, and I'm attempting to migrate all my files from the old computer's hard drive to the new one. So I'll list what I have tried so far:
System Image Backup: I made a system image backup of my old hard drive using the built-in Windows tool, thinking I could just pop my external hard drive into my new computer, restore from the image, and I would be good to go, right? WRONG. Apparently, Windows frowns upon using a system image from one device on another one. So that failed.Third party backup software: I've tried EaseUS and Acronis True Image, and both failed.
EaseUS: When I started the backup, the time to completion for the backup just kept going up, with no progress.Acronis True Image: the program starts the backup and gets stuck at 8.89 GB, refuses to go any further. Yes, I tried formatting and running a CHKDSK on the external hard drive. Still failed.Simple File Backup: This is where I am now. From the articles I've read, most of them only explain how to restore ONE file.

So my question to you all: Is there ANY way to simultaneously restore all of my files to my new hard drive at once? Because there is no WAY I'm doing it one by one.

Alternatively, if anyone knows of another way to create and restore a system image, that would be great as well.

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I have done restoring the vhd file to a partition where the original os resides. It appears also possible to restore the backup to a brand new hard drive instead. Is it correct?

Answer:Windows 7 Full Image Backup - VHD file

It should be as long as the new drive is of equal or larger size.

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Hi guys, I would really appreciate any help on the following. I had a machine which only hard drive (running Win. XP Pro. SP2) was labled as "E". I changed this to "C" using Partition Magic 8, now when I try and boot the system I get the following error:

partitionmagic (xmnt2002.exe)

PartitionMagic is unable to read the batch file.

Verifiy that the system32 directory is not compressed or corrupt.

press any key to continue.

Once I press any key it says it's completed and then just hangs, I don't get to the Windows log on screen I have tried several things but got no where. I have a copy of Bart PE so can boot using this and edit the registry if need be but have had no success in what I have tried.

Thanks for reading this and if you think you can help please do, really appreciated! I have limited time to sort this as I leave this wkend

Answer:Cannot log into Windows, Partition Magic unable to read batch file...

Do you have the Partition Magic floppydisks?
If not, get them...should be somewhere on the internet.

Maybe you can use the XP disc to fix this.

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How do I restore files backed up via DOS Backup to a relatively new PC with windows 2000 installed? I probably was using windows 3.11 at the time I saved the files. I have the disks and the name of the folder where they came from. Do I need some utility to restore these files?

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A quick summary:

1. Accidentally deleted system reserved partition
2. Tried to backup PC on external hard drive just in case, and had to delete old backup to make space on external hardrive.
3. Found you need system reserved partition to make backups. -_-
4. Tried bcdboot in cmd in Recovery Environment to no avail on a bootable usb.
5. Deleted EVERYTHING on PC hard drive to a brand new windows install
6. Windows still wouldn't boot
7. Found Windows 7 hates USB 3.0 and tried USB 2.0 and bcdboot fixed bootup issues
8. Used a file recovery program to recover old backup fully!

BUT now, the backup file structure is all messed up and Windows isn't recognizing the file backup and the recovery file wizard isn't appearing.

The files I have:
-Loads of zips.
-Loads of wbcats
-Backup GlobalCatalog and Global Catalog File
-Some XML files : BackupSpecs and 10 files all named similar to "f0c171a8-4721-46f8-9a58-297364af85cc_AdditionalFilesc3b9f3c7-5e52-4d5e-8b20-19adc95a34c7"
-MediaId and MediaID.bin

How do I get Windows to recognize the backup.

Thanks for reading my question and for any help!

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unable to get windows file by Backup discs request

Answer:unable to get windows file by Backup discs request

What version? Win 8 & 10 are available from MS online. Backup requests are only for US UK & Canada. Here's 8.1--
Remove your tag number from your post. That is not allowed here in this public forum.

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So, I discovered that there is no more backup in Win8. However, I found the file history.

The problem that I am facing is that I can't select folders to backup. So, how do I add C:\myfolder ???

Answer:Windows 8 - File History (aka Backup) - how to select folders?

File history only backs up libraries.

Either add the folder to an existing library or create a new library that includes your folder.

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I use SyncBack Pro for file backups of my main drive and others. Starting with the last regular backup, it's shown the following error (I is the backup drive):


Failed to copy from Left : Safe copy failed. Failed to rename temp file: File is locked (I:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\EventCache\{80795D73-5E72-4BD4-9902-9CA52F1CC853}.bin): The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process

I'm not sure what changed or why this file shows as being used, when none of the other files in the EventCache folder are. Most important, I'm not sure what to do about it short of booting into Safe Mode and trying to delete it - and maybe also the one in the main drive. Any ideas? Thanks,

Answer:Windows SoftwareDistribution file causing backup error

I: is your backup disk? If so, disable your vrirusscanner and perform a backup.
After that enable virusscanner

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Our XP Pro workstations back-up to our server using the Windows Backup Utility. I would like each user to be able to password protect their back-up files. Can anyone provide instructions on how to do this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


Answer:How can I password protect my Windows Backup Utility file?

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When I try to backup error message comes up. The specified service does not exist as an installed device. (0x80070424) Any suggestions. I've tried  / scannow already

Answer:Can not backup my computer in Windows Vista. It says file not found

How are you trying to backup?

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To my disappointment, I tried to restore folders and files from my Windows backup which is saved to my external HDD but I get this message instead, Windows backup encountered a invalid MediaID.bin file on the drive where the backup is saved. Restore from a different backup or delete the MediaID.bin file and try to create another backup. (0x81000035)

I deleted the MediaID.bin file and I get the same message and I cant create another backup because I already installed my current OS over the previous one. I still have my Windows Old folder which has all my previous files and folders that the backup has but it would take along time to manually drag every file and folder to my Window's location. All the suggestions and help would be very much appreciated. Please help!

It makes me upset that I cant trust a simple backup program from Microsoft; I expect third party backup software to fail but not Microsoft's software, this sucks.

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I have a Dell Desktop computer which was originally had Windows 7. I used to keep regular backups on an external drive. Last year, I updated to Windows 10. Recently though, I realised that before updating to Windows 10, I had accidentally deleted a file that I need. I gather it is possible to restore an individual file from a previous backup but I am unsure how to do this. I am nervous because what I see on screen suggests that the whole system will restore to the previous date. Could someone please assist me in the correct procedure to restore only an individual file please?

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To my disappointment, I tried to restore folders and files from my Windows backup which is saved to my external HDD but I get this message instead, Windows backup encountered a invalid MediaID.bin file on the drive where the backup is saved. Restore from a different backup or delete the MediaID.bin file and try to create another backup. (0x81000035)

I deleted the MediaID.bin file and I get the same message and I cant create another backup because I already installed my current OS over the previous one. I still have my Windows Old folder which has all my previous files and folders that the backup has but it would take along time to manually drag every file and folder to my Window's location. All the suggestions and help would be very much appreciated. Please help!

It makes me upset that I cant trust a simple backup program from Microsoft; I expect third party backup software to fail but not Microsoft's software, this sucks.

Answer:Windows Backup Failed Because of Invalid Mediad.bin File

Try running "sfc /scannow" from an elevated command prompt. It may be able to fix the missing file problem.

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Does anyone know how you can backup your personal customizations to the Default File Locations (e.g., my *.txt isn't assocated with Notepad, but Notepad2). Is it in the registry somewhere?

Answer:How to Backup Windows 7 Default (Customized) File Associations

Hello Furashgf,

You can export the FileExts key at the registry location below to backup all of your custom "Open with" default associations for file extenstion. If you just wanted to backup a specific file extension, then you could just export that specific file extension instead under the FileExts key.

To restore the backup, you would just merge the exported REG file.


Hope this helps,

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Windows Vista backup file for LiveONeCare will not delete.

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Hi guys, thanks for looking at this.

We've had a desk top for some time now, and we have two drives, as you might expect, the C Drive & D Drive.

We have never used the D Drive, but it has been getting filled up slowly in a .vhd file, starting with the title D:WindowsImageBackup.

This wasn't a problem initially, but now this drive has only 7% of its space left, and I've no idea what this file does.

If it is a back up, what do I need to do to get it under control, as this cannot carry on!

I'm sure this has been asked before, but:
Can I get rid of this file;
What am I risking if I do;
What else do I need to consider?
Thanks for any help you can give.


Answer:Windows Image Backup file taking up 400GB+

It's a Windows system image backup file. Are you sure somebody else using the computer is not taking regular images or scheduled a task to get a system image.

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I'm getting this error every time I do a backup.
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\My
Scans. ErrorThe system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
By inspecting the system folder "\systemprofile\" it doesn't look like that it is a place for that type of folder/files
I do have a folder named My Scans located on my User folder. next to My pictures, My music, My documents and My videos, This folder is connected to the pictures library.
Apparently it backs up everyfile except for that folder and all it's files.
How do I fix whatever it's missing?

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I had vista 64 but it crashed. Everything was backed up. I installed windows 7 prof 64 on the machine and began to use it regularly. However, I was never able to recover any of the files in the vista back up image. I have tried to run a virtual machine with vista 64 on it to restore that backup file and get the files off of it but I am having problems with my BIOS not letting me run a VM. Is there anyway to access these compressed and locked files within my current configuration of windows 7 to extract them??? or can you only access a vista back up image on a vista OS. Please help me!!

Answer:Need to access Backup file from current windows config

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I used the windows backup utility to backup files on one computer and then I thought that clever way to move the files onto a second computer would be to restore them from the back up. But, I can't access the 'restored' files on the second computer and I can't even delete them. I've tried safe mode, also 'Unlocker' with no luck and 'who locked me' but it only works on files, not folders. At this point I just want to delete the folder and files from my computer, as I've since transfered a copy of the files in a more sensible and conventional manner.

Thanks in advance for any ideas and assistance.

Answer:unusual windows backup file access problem

How are you accessing the second computer from the first one? Did you remove the hard drive from the machine that you backed up to and install it on the second computer as a second hard drive? Or are the two computers connected via a network? Which operating systems are installed on the two machines? You need to provide more system information so people here have a clearer idea of exactly what the problem is and how to solve it.

*** Understand that if you do as suggested below you will be wiping the drive clean and will lose everything currently stored on it. Make sure you've backed up to another hard drive any data/files you wish to keep. ***

I'm assuming from what you've posted that you've already copied any data/files you want to keep from the hard drive with the backup you've been unable to delete. If that's so, then I'd think the best way to proceed would be to repartition and reformat that hard drive. That would wipe it clean so you could then use it as a boot drive (by reinstalling the Operating System) or as a second or third drive in another computer -- either for additional storage space or as a backup hard drive.

If you're running Win XP you can repartition and reformat the hard drive by going to Control Panel/Administrative Tools (with Administrator privileges turned on) and selecting Computer Management. Then select the Disk Management tool. Make sure you select the correct drive in the Disk Management T... Read more

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I am unable to go father than the Windows Advanced Options Menu on my computer which has a corrupt Systems file.  I have tried using the Safe Mode with no luck and do not have the Windows Setup CD.  Is there any way to retrieve my backup file (located on my desktop) without purchasing a Windows Setup CD from Microsoft?My computer is a Dell Latitude D610 which I purchased "refurbished" about 6 months ago.

Answer:Retrieving backup file with corrupt (non-working) OS (Windows XP)

Yes. You can use a Linux live CD. Or you could use something like Hiren's boot CD, which has a mini XP mode and data recovery tools you could use to get the files. one of these you should be able to get to your files and save them to a flash drive or external hard drive. Those are ISO files, so you will need software that can burn ISO files to a CD. If you don't have software that can burn these files to a disk, try ImgBurn to burn the disks. Get it here: you're not sure how to burn the disk there is a guide here: you are not sure how to boot to a disk see here: you've safely retrieved your files, you can try to fix your "corrupt Systems file." You can download the ISO of the Windows XP recovery console here: the XP recovery console you will need to select the Windows installation you wish to log onto. This is usually 1, so press 1 there. After selecting the installation you will be prompted for the administrator password, enter the password exactly as you would in Windows. If you don't have a password just leave this blank and press enter. You should get a command line prompt on your screen. At the prompt typecd\to get to the root of C:The... Read more

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In trying to back up the files on my network, where I am running Windows 7, 56 files produce the error message: "The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder: You should shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path."Changing the names of 56 folders is a lot of work. First I have to find them, and then shorten them. How can I simply " try a location that has a shorter path?"Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 Long file names backup problems

What media are you trying to back up to? The message seems to indicate that you are using too many layers of sub-folders too. That is what is meant by a shorter path. Look at the link below. Read the section on Maximum Path Length Limitation.

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This question has nothing to do with copy-protected software or media. What I'm asking about is in no way illegal.
I have a DVD recorder that creates DVDs. I used it to create a small DVD and I would like to be able to convert that to a format that can be read by my PC - specifically Windows Media Player. I'm guessing a format like .AVI, .MPEG, .MWV or MP4 would be suitable.

I went to ASK.COM and asked about copying DVDs to data files or "ripping" DVDs.

I found several sites that promised "absolutely free downloads" for software that would convert a DVD to a suitable format. Nothing I tried worked. One of them actually converted the DVD to a nasty image of a bug crawling along the screen and I assumed this was someone's idea of a trick to play on people who wanted to convert copy protected software. But since I didn't fit that category, I thought this was a real stupid and nasty waste of time. Of course, this assumes I am correct. I could be mistaken.

Anyway, I read some posts that explained that doing this sort of thing for free was very difficult and frustrating. Apparently, it is not at all easy.

Yet, I see clips from video files posted all the time on Internet forums. So there must be a way to convert files from a DVD.

Can anyone tell me a solution how to do this? I examined my DVD and it appears that all the files on that DVD are normal. There is only one video clip on the DVD and it is about ten seconds long.
Here is the ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Converting DVDs to a file that can be read by Windows Meda Player

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Ive been having a problem migrating the e-mail from my old XP machine onto my new Windows 7 PC. Ive tried several guides and even the auto import function of windows 7. From the research Ive done, I believe the problem stems from the fact the folders file on my old PC is a read only file. I cant seem to alter this. If I copy the file to another location and alter the properties to read-write then apply and exit, if I return to the file it is read only again. If I try to import this read only file it claims to have been successful but in fact it does not work and the files in live mail remain empty. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to fix the file as read-write to make the import function work properly?

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hii'm looking for software/method that can open windows file index for windows 7 and show the file directories on all hard discs.i don't know the technical term for it,but when you index file locations to have quick searches...i hope windows does keep them somewhere....i need to look at that part of the OS....any help? thanx

Answer:is there software/utility to read/open windows file directory index?

XTree Gold is my file management tool of choice...However it's kinda powerful and not built for everyone...What exactly is it you need to do or accomplish here ? ?

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Hi this error message has been floating around for a long time.  I have yet to find a solution that works or that I can understand.  Why is the error message not resolved after 6 years?
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\SyncUP. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

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Windows 7 cannot open Arc Soft Total Media Backup NBZ File - How can I open the .NBZ File Extension for my External Hard Drive?

Answer:Windows 7 cannot open Arc Soft Total Media Backup NBZ File -

Go here for expert support:

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Windows File History wont backup the specified folders i told it to, its only backing up part of the specified folders. I want it to backup my entire C drive which is where all my files are, but it doesn't do that. I'm using a 1TB Seagate
external Drive.

Answer:Windows File History wont backup the specified folders i told it to

First, You shouldn't use File History to backup your C: drive. File History is usually just for backing up your documents, photos, music, etc. You should use something like Macrium Refelect Free (Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free) to make an image backup of your c: drive ... but to each his own

You told it to backup C:\ then you excluded C:\ ... You need to point it the exact folder.

Note: If your going to backup the C: drive you don't need to backup Program Files(x86) as well.

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Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Engine/File History backup log: Event 100
"File was not backed up due to its full path exceeding MAX_PATH limit or containing unsupported characters:"
For the formerly mentioned event and it's description, my question is, what is the MAX_PATH limit and what characters are unsupported?
Thanks for your assistance.

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I recently had to to a Recovery of Windows Vista saving data, back to the 2008 level of Vista, using the Recovery partition on my Gateway laptop. The recovery created a 23gig Backup file with a subdirectory named by date and time, and including the files that had been under LOCAL DISK (C: ).

A previous post on this recovery is at:
Proper method of Recovery from Recovery with Automatic Backup on Gataway 32bit Vista?

I have been recovering these files one by one, but I cannot find the one containing my Windows Mail or Contacts.

So my question is: where are the old Windows Mail files and Contacts?

And how do I get them back into my current Windows Mail folder, which is working, but only with new mail.

Thanks for any assistance here,

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I'm having a problem with a system image (C: drive and System Reserved drive, that I made with a scheduled Windows Backup) and its size. I have a D: drive where I store it.

First of all, I noticed this in D: drive properties:

Used space of the whole drive is actually larger than the size of all the individually selected D: drive files, including hidden files.

Then I noticed this:

System image size reported by Windows Backup info is clearly larger than the size reported in the backup folder properties.

There's like 35 GB stored somewhere in the disk and I can't find them, how come this is possible? Is there something that I'm missing?

Thanks and sorry for my english.

Answer:"Windows Backup size" not reflecting actual backup file size

Windows backups makes a system image and a backup of the user folder of the user account by default.

So, that extra data is likely from your user folder.

Also be default windows backup will save multiple copies of your user folder on each backup, not just file changes.

Which also I think would explain this.

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When I try to select a network location in the Windows Backup setup, the "OK" button is greyed out. However, I can mount the share fine using Explorer, i.e. drag and drop works. I have noted that the share and all subfolders are "read-only" (and deselecting it in the Properties window and clicking "OK" doesn't do anything), but none of the files are (they can be added or deleted fine). I do have to admit that this share is a little unusual: it's actually an NTFS partition (NTFS-3G drivers) on an external Firewire drive that is being shared by VMware Fusion to my Win 7 installation from Mac OS X. But since I can drag and drop to the share, I assume everything is in order!

I also have Avast installed, but disabling it didn't help. Finally, this partition actually already has some backups on it from when I booted into Win 7 and accessed the drive natively. But that doesn't seem to matter, since Windows won't accept any of my shares as backup destinations. It's also worth noting that Fusion 2 doesn't technically support Win 7 (only Vista & below), but I'd rather not upgrade Fusion if I can avoid it since both licenses were provided to me by my workplace. Any ideas? Thanks for your help!

Answer:Can't use Windows Backup to backup to a network share in Windows 7 Ultimate


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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

Answer:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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I've been using Windows 8 File History to back up my libraries, but Windows 8 keeps saying "Reconnect your drive" and "Your File History drive was disconnected for too long. To keep saving copies of your files, reconnect your drive and then run a backup."
I've seen it do this on the same day that the drive was connected earlier and copies were saved!
Is it possible that looking at the pictures/videos could also be somehow modifying the file in such a way?
Has anybody had problems with excessive backup in Windows 8 File History?
Note: I did create several custom libraries, in order for File History to backup all of my data, including data that is outside the normal libraries.  Although, I do not think this is causing the issue.
I'm seeing .avi files getting re-backed-up as well.
Is Windows Indexing somehow causing this?  Maybe something with thumbs.db?

I'm not manually re-indexing, but I'm also not modifying these files either, and yet something is triggering File History to re-back them up.  The only thing I can think of is Windows Indexing?
This is becoming a serious problem, because my external hard drive is now full, and my only option is to remove the older versions of the files.
Removing older versions does not give me much of a backup, since if something happened, I could not roll back to known good versions.
Why is File History saving so many duplicate copies of my media, when I'm not making any changes to the media or met... Read more

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