How to Restore Files From a BKF

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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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