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Reusing Backed Up Files


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#1 mugsy116

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 08:17 PM

I don't know of the proper terminology to express this but I'll try my best. Have a Gateway computer that was riddled with viruses that was completely rebooting the machine every two minutes and wouldnt even boot into safe mode. Using the gateway system recovery disc on xp, I backed up all of the previous files and reinstalled windows. The machine now works normally but I dont know how to reuse the backed up files to restore the machine to its previous state. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 08:44 PM

Gateways generally have an operating system restore disk that will restore the OS - but not the drivers.
You usually have to make the Drivers and Applications disk in order to have that information saved. Did you use that disk during the restore?
If not, go to Start...Run...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Are there any devices there with red x's or yellow !'s ?

After that, it depends on how the backup was made. The only info that I can find is that the backup is stored in the C:\Backup directory. Do you have this directory on your system? What are the contents of the directory?
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:14 PM

Did not make a drivers and applications disk checked device manager there are no red x's or yellow !'s. the backup is in the C: directory, titled My Backup and it has all of the files and folder of the previous setup.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 04:05 AM

You should be able to use individual files again such as documents music pictures and so on, but applications will probably have to be reinstalled again.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 05:20 AM

It sounds like XP has detected all of your hardware and there's no need for the Drivers and Application CD.

In the C:\Backup should be a folder named "Documents and Settings". In that folder are all the user profiles that were on the system previously. Locate your user profile there and open it - it'll have several folders, including the My Documents and Desktop folders where the majority of your stuff is. Just copy it to the new My Documents folder. If you're looking for Shared Documents, it's under the All Users profile.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:30 PM

thanks for the guidance, everything seems to still be alive, I was just hoping to automatically move the files and folder to their original placements with a windows backup utility but no harm no foul. the only thing lost was the outlook express address book. the wab files were empty when i checked through them individually.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:34 PM

No problem, glad to help.
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