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<p>Back up your important files and programs absolutely
necessity for time.<span> </span>Fortunately, Windows
7 has a built in your favor in the implementation of data backup and recovery
procedure for your computer support. Use Backup and Restore Backup Windows 7
and all data stored on the hard disk. Although the Windows utility does not
have many extra features such as third-party tools, is more suitable for the
backup process and cost you a penny.<br />
<p> <br />
<p>1. Connect the USB cable from the external HD into a USB
port on your computer. Connect the "Startup" window that opens.<br />
<p>2. Click Start, click Control Panel. Click "System and
Maintenance, click Backup and Restore" button.<br />
<p>3. Click on "Configure backups to backup and restore
window that opens. Click on" External Hard Drive "in the destination
window and click Next. This means that the hard drive as the location of backup
<p>4. Click the "Let me choose" option to a dialog to
open files on your computer. Click to select Include system image units. "This
option ensures that the backup is a copy of Windows 7 operating system, so
belong to reformat or hard disk crash can be recovered.<br />
<p>5. Click "Next" and click "Save Settings and
Run-up" on the confirmation window to start creating a backup of your
operating system Windows 7. Do not get your hard disk to the process.<br />
In this guide I will point out some important things that you need to do and remember before installing Windows 7 on your machine.
1 : Check the hardware requirement :- This is one of the most important factors that you need to keep in mind before thinking about Windows 7.Though Windows 7 should run fine with the 512 MB RAM system, it’s always better to follow Microsoft recommendations. Below are the Windows 7 requirements: • A blank DVD • A PC with a DVD burner • A test PC for the Windows 7 Beta that meets these minimum hardware. Recommendations (specific to the Beta and subject to change in the final version of Windows 7). Please do not use a PC you rely on for your work or daily use • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor • 1 GB of system memory • 16 GB of available disk space • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme) • DVD-R/W Drive • Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates) 2 : Backup Vista :- If you are planning to upgrade from Vista SP1(SP1 is must) then it’s a good idea to backup your Vista drive so that you can revert back to Vista easily. I hope most of you know how to do back up task! 3 : You need to backup all your profiles and other important files that I have listed below. In case you are planning to wipe out Vista and install Windows 7 then also it’s better to create a backup of all profiles. Below are the important profiles that I backup:
• Documents • Outlook pst file • Windows live writer folder • Saved games • Other program profiles that you use. 4 : The most important thing for a web addict is browser bookmark folder. Use backup Bookmarks option in your browser to create a bookmark. Download Password Exporter add-on for Firefox to backup all your saved passwords. Also don’t forgot jot down all installed add-ons!
You can even use Mozilla Restorator to backup full Firefox profile. 5: If you have installed too many programs then it’s a good idea to generate list of installed application using a simple command that I have explained in the Generate list of installed applications guide. 6: Next obvious task is to backup all the custom settings that you have done to your Vista. Of course, you can back up! Type Windows Easy Transfer in Start Menu search box and hit enter to open. Follow the simple instructions to complete the task.
Windows Easy Transfer helps you move your files, folders, and program settings from one computer to another—all in one process. Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can choose to move: • User accounts • Documents • Music • Pictures • E–mail • Internet favorites • Program settings 7 : Move your Download folder from the “C” drive to any other safe location so that you will not lose the downloaded files. 8 : Though Microsoft recommends 16GB drive to install Windows 7 I recommend at least 30GB so that you won’t run out of free space in near feature. 9 : If you have any files in Desktop just move to safe place since most of us keep important files on Desktop for quick access.
10 : Last but least, don’t forget to retrieve Office and other product keys.
Eortiz, did you try to read the files with a windows PC? Because when you connect the external drive to a PC you should be able to view the files and even be able to change the attributes like read only and hidden.
Hello, this is how I dual boot my laptop with windows xp and windows 7
1. Backup all you important files, use an external hard-disk if possible
2. Make sure you have two drives or partitions: usually drive C and D
3. Insert your xp cd, do a quick format of drive C and install
4. Boot into windows xp and format format drive D if necessary
5. Insert your windows 7 DVD and follow the prompts. When it asks you to upgrade or new install, choose new installation
6. When you are asked to choose a location choose drive D
7. Complete your windows 7 installation
8. Thats it, you can now install drivers and programs
When installation is complete you will see both os options: windows 7 and previous version of windows (i.e xp)
I have done this numerous times without the need for any other step or software. The only rule is to is to install xp first, then windows 7.
Windows 7 will not open files or anything else that you have backed up. The backup is to RESTORE files and programs that have gotten damaged due to a hard drive crash. You want to save things to a cd/dvd just use file copy not backup. Like i said backup is NOT for file storage. Hope this helps
We cannot simply open .bkp file. Use NT backup software and select restore option and select this file to restore.
This way u can restore the files backed up in this .bkp file.
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