How to Restore a .Qic Backup File


Backups created in Windows 95, 98 and ME are saved with the .qic extension in the QIC-113 format. These backup files are similar to zipped files in that they are compressed. The backup files help avoid data loss. You can restore a .qic file to recover data when needed.

Windows 95, 98 or ME

  • Install the backup software. Click "Start," "Settings" and "Control Panel." Click "Add/Remove Programs." Click the "Windows Setup" tab and select "System Tools." Click to place a check mark next to "Backup." Click "OK."

  • Wait for the program to install and then close the windows that were opened. Start Backup by clicking "Start" and navigating to "Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and finally "Backup."

  • Run the utility and choose "Restore." The utility will show "c:\Mybackup.qic" as the default location. If you are restoring from a .qic file located elsewhere, change the default location to reflect this.

Windows XP

  • Navigate to the following folder "c:\program files\accessories\backup" located on the older system. Copy the "msbackup.exe" file and the "System" folder to a removable medium, such as a blank CD or a USB drive.

  • Transfer the "msbackup.exe" file and the contents of the "System" folder -- not the folder itself, only the contents -- to the XP computer.

  • Right-click the "msbackup.exe" file and choose "Properties." Click the "Compatibility" tab and place a check in the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode." In the drop-down menu below that, choose "Windows 98/Windows ME" and press "Enter."

  • Double-click the file to run the Backup utility. Click "Restore" and choose the location of the .qic file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Programs written for Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista and 7 can simplify the restore process.
  • After transferring the files to XP, you can use NTBackup to back up the files in the new format.
  • Operating systems beginning with Windows XP do not have the same backup utility as older Windows systems. If possible, restore the .qic file in the older version of Windows before upgrading your system.

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