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Restoring a Vista backup to a XP computer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Oxfordlad, Apr 8, 2008.

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  1. Oxfordlad

    Oxfordlad Thread Starter

    Apr 8, 2008
    Help!! My Vista laptop recently suffered a harddrive failure. Luckily I did a complete computer backup using the Vista backup facility and wrote this to an external hard drive.

    I have since bought a new laptop hard drive and a tempory case for it (which allows it to be used as an external hard drive).

    My plan was to utilise my old laptop (which runs XP), plug my external hard drive in (with the Vista backup files on it), then plug my new laptop hard drive in... and then restore the Vista backups via my XP laptop to my new laptop harddrive/case which is also plugged in via a USB port. Once I had restored files to my new laptop hard drive, i was going to place that inside my newer laptop?

    ...firstly... can i do this process??
    ...I cant find a way to restore the Vista backups in XP??
    ...do i need another Vista PC to plug these hard drives in... then use the Vista restore facility??

    Look forward to your help & assistance on this matter!!

  2. XtremeNuker


    Oct 18, 2004
    Buddy did a some checks
    "Vista file backups are .zip files, so theoretically you could just extract
    the files you want from each zip, though in some cases files are split
    across the zips and you'd need to recombine them.
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