instructions: how to restore files from an XP bkf file

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by tmike, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. tmike

    tmike Guest

    Since there are questions about this scattered all over these newsgroups, i
    opted to post this here instead of replying to each thread.

    1) create a folder somewhere, call it ntbackup just so you can keep track of
    what you've done
    2) from an existing XP installation, copy these 3 files into the new folder:
    ntbackup.exe, vssapi.dll, ntmsapi.dll. Optionally, copy the files
    ntbackup.chm and ntbackup.hlp. Do not overwrite any Vista files that have
    the same names.
    3) run ntbackup.exe. dismiss the error dialog concerning removable storage
    if it appears.
    4) catalog the backup file as you normally would (select the Restore tab,
    then select Tools/Catalog) then select and restore your files. Remember to
    restore them to an alternate location using the drop-down box in the
    lower-left corner of ntbackup.

    If you don't have a running XP installation, then extract the listed files
    from the XP installation CD. If you don't know where these files are, you
    can use search to find them; they will have the same filename except the last
    character will be an underscore (e.g., ntbackup.exe will be ntbackup.ex_ on
    the CD). i have not done an exhaustive search of every version of XP's
    installation CD to determine their locations.

    Since you are (presumably) not running as an administrator under Vista as
    you probably were under XP,
    1) some extraneous errors may occur during the restore. check the results
    of the restore to ensure that you got all the files you needed from the
    backup, and apply the appropriate security settings to the restored files
    manually if necessary
    2) You might need to turn off the option to restore file security. (Hit the
    "Advanced" button in the restore dialog).

    ntbackup also appears to work for backing up files, but I wouldn't trust it
    to do so correctly without extensive testing.

    Caveat emptor.
    tmike, Oct 24, 2006
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