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Cannot restore BKF files in Windows 7 - show stopper

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  • I've yet to see a way of restoring BKF files backed up from Windows XP, into Windows 7.

    Pretty annoying when MS say to use NTBackup to backup your files on Windows XP prior to installing Windows 7.

    I delayed going from Windows XP to Windows Vista as I wanted to see what Windows 7 was like. Unfortunately without being able to restore my files, I'm going to have to ditch the RC and go back to WinXP. And hope that MS come up with an approach for properly migrating from WinXP to Win7. Otherwise, good ol' WinXP may have a few years left in it yet.

    And sad thing is apart from that, everything else was going well.

    Fingers crossed!!

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:33 AM

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  • I've yet to see a way of restoring BKF files backed up from Windows XP, into Windows 7.

    Pretty annoying when MS say to use NTBackup to backup your files on Windows XP prior to installing Windows 7.

    I delayed going from Windows XP to Windows Vista as I wanted to see what Windows 7 was like. Unfortunately without being able to restore my files, I'm going to have to ditch the RC and go back to WinXP. And hope that MS come up with an approach for properly migrating from WinXP to Win7. Otherwise, good ol' WinXP may have a few years left in it yet.

    And sad thing is apart from that, everything else was going well.

    Fingers crossed!!

    Hi Mitch

    Restoring files from the older NTBackup is not supported in Windows 7. There was a program released for Windows Vista that allowed restoring files backed up with NTBackup in Windows XP, but this restoration utility depended on the Windows Removable Storage Manager which is not included or compatible with Windows 7.

    The only suggestion I can make is that if you have or know someone who has either a Windows XP or Windows Vista system, use that system to restore the files and then simply copy them to external media and then move them to your Windows 7 system. Here is a link for your convenience.

    Download details: Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility for Windows Vista

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 1:03 PM
    Moderator
  • I agree with Mitch980. This is a horrible oversight by MS. How many times have we been beaten over the head with "backup your stuff". Only to find out that you can not restore on Windows 7. I am in the same boat in that I need to restore my XP files to my Windows 7 machine. Yes there are thrid party programs out there, differnent ways to "hack" it and hoops to jump through to make it work, but the point is that this should be designed for the average user to restore from XP native backup tools to Windows 7. .bkf backup files have been around forever. I understand that technology gets deprecated but you would think MS would make critical features backward compatible, especially backups!!!!!

    Last I heard, Microsoft will be releasing a NTBackup-Restore Utility for Windows 7. If you don't have the time to wait, you can still acquire NTBACKUP.EXE and other support DLLs and restore the backup in your Windows 7 PC. More @ How to Restore .BKF files Using NTBackup in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Desktop Experience]
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:35 PM
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  • Mitch -

    Exactly who suggested using Windows XP's NT backup to back your system up?

    Most every recommended solution I've seen involves using Windows 7's Easy Transfer Utility. One of the best posts on how to migrate from XP (or Vista) to Win 7 would be from Ed Bott at ZDNet.com. It's a worthwhile read.
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:08 AM
  • I've yet to see a way of restoring BKF files backed up from Windows XP, into Windows 7.

    Pretty annoying when MS say to use NTBackup to backup your files on Windows XP prior to installing Windows 7.

    I delayed going from Windows XP to Windows Vista as I wanted to see what Windows 7 was like. Unfortunately without being able to restore my files, I'm going to have to ditch the RC and go back to WinXP. And hope that MS come up with an approach for properly migrating from WinXP to Win7. Otherwise, good ol' WinXP may have a few years left in it yet.

    And sad thing is apart from that, everything else was going well.

    Fingers crossed!!

    Hi Mitch

    Restoring files from the older NTBackup is not supported in Windows 7. There was a program released for Windows Vista that allowed restoring files backed up with NTBackup in Windows XP, but this restoration utility depended on the Windows Removable Storage Manager which is not included or compatible with Windows 7.

    The only suggestion I can make is that if you have or know someone who has either a Windows XP or Windows Vista system, use that system to restore the files and then simply copy them to external media and then move them to your Windows 7 system. Here is a link for your convenience.

    Download details: Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility for Windows Vista

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 1:03 PM
    Moderator
  • Typical Microsoft! I just finished installing Win 7 on my laptop only to find that I can't restore any of the files I had backed up (used to have Win XP). I should have read the fine print...I was planning on upgrading my desktop, but will have to leave it with XP in order to restore files...
    Sunday, July 12, 2009 2:53 AM
  • Having gone through various versions of backup programs and, in an attempt to avoid disappointment, I have decided to maintain my own.  Disk is cheap - very cheap.  So, I maintain my own backup, and update it when necessary.  Works for me, and it is portable between XP - Vista - and W7.  When I loaded W7, my "backup" came over flawlessly.

    Of course, you could do your own like I do, or you could use some version of zip.  Not necessarily a good answer, but it is a way of handling your own backups.

    Also, what if you ran XP virtualization?  Would you be able to use your BKF files there?

    For a system restore, I use whatever the OS provides, since the restore is only good on that OS anyway.

    Doc

    Sunday, July 12, 2009 3:32 AM
  • Carbonite internet backup is the best way for me to handle backup -- it takes care of getting my data OFFSITE, in case my house burns down.  Making a duplicate of your data at home/office is fine, but like I said if there is a local catastrophe you're screwed.  Carbonite only costs $55/year.

    I manage my own encryption key, so even staff at Carbonite couldn't open my data if they tried...

    /jad
    Sunday, July 12, 2009 2:34 PM
  • hi,

    Most of the world stay with XP because Vista had a TERRIBLE Start.
    We... the people.... are giveing try to W7.....and surprise!!!! your xp backups doesnt work!!!!
    is a Show Stopper, and im sure MS recognize is a Mistake (at least internally).
    Quality focus...Nah......at least an utility to convert them...
    I mean.... 4 hours into my w7 experience and i have to figure it out how to restore my files or go back to XP!. My family will want all their files ASAP.
    here is the link to the Microsoft instructions to use the XP backup!!! now what?
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/pc-backup.aspx


    ----- in case it dissapear ..it says.....

    Backing up a PC running Windows 7 Beta using Windows Easy Transfer

    .................

    Backing up a PC running Windows XP

    We recommend that you use software we've provided, Windows XP Backup. If you have Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Media Center edition, the software is already installed. If you have Windows XP Home Edition, you'll need to install it. Here's how: Install Backup from the CD-ROM in Windows XP Home Edition.

    -------------------------------------

    what will i say when the people ask me what i think about w7?

    solve this ASAP , give us an utility to read ntbackups... and I'll forget this moments.
    thx

    Friday, August 7, 2009 8:50 AM
  • Question I have is will File and Settings Backup wizard and/or Easy Transfer work between xp and 7?. I am particulary interested in recreating my settings from xp to 7.
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:52 PM
  • I have used Easy Transfer from XP to Vista, and from Vista to W7.  It worked correctly in both situations, and the user had all personal settings, favorites, etc that they wanted.

    Doc
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:16 PM
  • Did it work correctly going directly from xp to win7 without vista? Thanks

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:00 PM
  • I have not tried that transfer, so I cannot say for certain.

    Doc
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:04 PM
  • I have used Easy Transfer to transfer files & settings between XP and Windows 7 without any problem.

    Ray
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5:02 PM
  • I've yet to see a way of restoring BKF files backed up from Windows XP, into Windows 7.

    Pretty annoying when MS say to use NTBackup to backup your files on Windows XP prior to installing Windows 7.

    I delayed going from Windows XP to Windows Vista as I wanted to see what Windows 7 was like. Unfortunately without being able to restore my files, I'm going to have to ditch the RC and go back to WinXP. And hope that MS come up with an approach for properly migrating from WinXP to Win7. Otherwise, good ol' WinXP may have a few years left in it yet.

    And sad thing is apart from that, everything else was going well.

    Fingers crossed!!



    Hi,

    Its very easy to retore from .bkf files in windows7. You aren't trying to restore c:\windows\system32\.... XP files into windows7 c:\windows\ are you?

    If you only want to browse through that nice big .BKF backup and pull out a couple of files, all you need to do is download and configure Windows7's Virtual Windows for PC and XP Mode - then you boot your XP machine and browse its backup / restore wizard to your legacy .BKF file..

    That will give you an entire XP machine to play with. I am using this method right now to restore data off an XP .bkf file

    Well, actually, not quite this method. Since my current machine does not support virtualization, I'm running the XP machine using VMWare. But apart from that its pretty straight forward to do. Virtualisation is a great tool...

    .,;:|| - Win - ||:;.


    Thursday, October 8, 2009 2:03 PM
  • I'm playing it safe. Will watch for my Win 7 disk in the mail. Backup up everything onto two external drives and then do a clean install of win7. Belt and suspenders. :)
    Thursday, October 8, 2009 2:51 PM
  • Easy Transfer requires an external hard drive. I don't have that. How do I restore from a secondary internal drive?
    Monday, October 26, 2009 11:21 AM
  • File and Settings Backup Wizard doesn't work from XP to 7. Go figure, MS screwed their loyal customers again. I am still looking for a fix for my .bkf file to restored my Xp files to 7.
    Monday, October 26, 2009 11:25 AM
  • I installed 7 over xp thinking i could restore my .bkf file also.
    It wasn't possible.

    However, I was looking through my hardrive and discovered a folder named windows.old

    this had all my old files in it.

    idk if this helps you but I got my files back through this.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:41 PM
  • NTBackup utility for Windows 7 is available at

     http://hotfix/search.aspx?search=974150

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:50 AM
  • NTBackup utility for Windows 7 is available at

     http://hotfix/search.aspx?search=974150


    Perhaps you posted an internal (intranet) link, Soudamini?

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Desktop Experience]
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 7:48 AM
    Answerer
  • You can pull the internal drive, connect it externally using a sata/ide to usb cable (inexpensive  - google it). Do your Easy Transfer backup, install Win7 and then restore files and settings using Easy Transfer. Then reinstall your second hard drive as a secondary. (follow the steps for Easy Transfer from the MS site)

    • Proposed as answer by Rewards Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:50 AM
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:50 AM
  • I agree with Mitch980. This is a horrible oversight by MS. How many times have we been beaten over the head with "backup your stuff". Only to find out that you can not restore on Windows 7. I am in the same boat in that I need to restore my XP files to my Windows 7 machine. Yes there are thrid party programs out there, differnent ways to "hack" it and hoops to jump through to make it work, but the point is that this should be designed for the average user to restore from XP native backup tools to Windows 7. .bkf backup files have been around forever. I understand that technology gets deprecated but you would think MS would make critical features backward compatible, especially backups!!!!!
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1:32 PM
  • I agree with Mitch980. This is a horrible oversight by MS. How many times have we been beaten over the head with "backup your stuff". Only to find out that you can not restore on Windows 7. I am in the same boat in that I need to restore my XP files to my Windows 7 machine. Yes there are thrid party programs out there, differnent ways to "hack" it and hoops to jump through to make it work, but the point is that this should be designed for the average user to restore from XP native backup tools to Windows 7. .bkf backup files have been around forever. I understand that technology gets deprecated but you would think MS would make critical features backward compatible, especially backups!!!!!

    Last I heard, Microsoft will be releasing a NTBackup-Restore Utility for Windows 7. If you don't have the time to wait, you can still acquire NTBACKUP.EXE and other support DLLs and restore the backup in your Windows 7 PC. More @ How to Restore .BKF files Using NTBackup in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Desktop Experience]
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:35 PM
    Answerer
  • Here's a quick link to the Windows Easy Transfer tool used for transferring files from XP 32-bit to Windows 7:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=734917D8-0663-4C26-89D0-2D00B632EBDB&displaylang=en
    • Proposed as answer by Sisthriw Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:26 PM
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 2:47 AM
  • Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974674

     

    • Proposed as answer by Gonzalo Lopez Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:25 PM
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:27 PM
  • I have the Restore backup software installed my on my new Win7 machine. My XP backup

    is located on a second internal drive. The utility opens and catalogs the backup

    files correctly. But it will not transfer ANY files. It produces a log which says...

    Access Denied

    for each transfer. I am an administrator on my Win7 machine.

     

    I'm miffed. HELP!

    Friday, April 23, 2010 3:43 PM
  • I ran into this, too.  You need to run the NT Backup Restore utility with admin privileges.  It's not enough to be run under an admin account.  Right-click on the link to it, and "Run as administrator".  Or change the properties on the link.
    Sunday, December 5, 2010 5:48 PM
  • Microsoft actually published a Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 in January 2010.  You do not need to run it as Admin.  I posted about this at one time also and all that was posted was "it can't be done."  None of the experts bothered to follow-up and let people know there is a utility for Windows 7 that will extract files from old XP Backup files.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=974674


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    Sunday, December 5, 2010 6:17 PM
  • Mitch, BKF File Repair tool can be used to restore XP BKF in Windows 7. It is so simple just install the file and extract on Windows 7 machine.

    I recently found one more link from this site: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Easy-Option-to-Restore-b527793f - may be it will be helpful for you.

    Christina

    Friday, November 16, 2012 6:39 AM
  • Mitch, BKF File Repair tool can be used to restore XP BKF in Windows 7. It is so simple just install the file and extract on Windows 7 machine.

    I recently found one more link from this site: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Easy-Option-to-Restore-b527793f - may be it will be helpful for you.

    Christina

    Christina, sorry for having to tell you but Mitch's funeral took place last week. He waited 3.5 years for your reply but sadly enough he did not live to read it.

    Friday, November 16, 2012 7:06 AM
  • http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/30d48b65-dc77-4d5c-9117-8eaf4de648d6/recover-corrupted-bkf-file-by-systools-bkf-repair  find here more and descriptive solution to restore BKF file.
    Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:58 AM
  • To richie_anselok:

    There is a built-in Backup & Restore program in Windows 7.  If you look in the Control Panel there is an icon with the title Backup and Restore!  It has been there from the very beginning early beta editions of Windows 7.

    The NT utility for Windows 7 is for restoring files from the .BKF archive.  It will not do backups in Windows 7.

    You should do better research before you make claims that are not true!


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    • Proposed as answer by f.mos Wednesday, February 5, 2014 8:11 AM
    Friday, November 8, 2013 11:25 AM
  • To richie_anselok:

    There is a built-in Backup & Restore program in Windows 7.  If you look in the Control Panel there is an icon with the title Backup and Restore!  It has been there from the very beginning early beta editions of Windows 7.

    Indeed there is!
    Friday, November 8, 2013 11:43 PM
  • Cannot restore BKF files in Windows 7 - show stopper, don’t worry, I faced also such type condition but I used  SysTools Windows BKF Recovery Software to restore XP backup file in Windows 7 and 8 without any problem.

    Friday, April 18, 2014 6:37 AM
  • Cannot restore BKF files in Windows 7 - show stopper, don’t worry, I faced also such type condition but I used  SysTools Windows BKF Recovery Software to restore XP backup file in Windows 7 and 8 without any problem.

                                                           jimmy-watson

    You need to do some more research.  Microsoft published a utility for this exact purpose some time ago.

    You go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974674 and download the package for Windows 7 that Microsoft has published specifically for this back in Sept/Oct 2009!



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    Friday, April 18, 2014 10:47 AM