Unfortunately, you have lost important files from your computer’s hard drive through an accidental deletion or hardware failure. Luckily, you took the time to develop and follow a scheduled data backup strategy using the Windows NT Backup – Restore Utility available for Windows XP and Vista. The email messages and addresses, digital photos, financial information and music files are all backed up to an external storage device in a BKF file. Since you've already used the system to backup your files, you should feel fairly comfortable running the restore process.
Things You'll Need
- Windows NT Backup – Restore Utility (see Resources below)
Click the “Start” button in the lower left corner of the window. Select “All Programs,” “Accessories,” “System Tools” and “Backup.”
Check the box next to “Always start in wizard mode” from the “Backup or Restore Wizard” window. Click the “Next” button.
Choose “Restore files and settings” under “What do you want to do?” Click the “Next” button.
Find and highlight the backup file you want to restore from in the pane located under “Items to Restore.” Click the “+” next to folder that contains your files to be restored. In the right pane, check the box next to the files which you want to restore. Click the “Next” button.
Click the “Finish” button. The restore process will run for a few minutes. Click the “Close” button.
Tips & Warnings
- Restore files from a BKF to a Windows Vista computer by downloading and installing the Windows NT Backup -- Restore Utility from Microsoft (see second link in Resources below).
- You can not restore files from a BKF file using Windows 7.
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