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Old 21st February 2010   #1
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How to open backed up files


I transferred my backed up files to my new computer. Now I don't a clue on how to open them so I can use them. I have spent a lot of time on Google with no luck. I have a Dell Studio with Windows 7 (64) with DSL wireless. Any help is appreciated.
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How did you back them up?
use the same software to restore them

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I used a USB port to an extenal hard drive to back up. I then used a USB port and transferred them from hard drive to new computer.

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So, no backup software, just drag and drop?
In that case, just open the software that generated the file and click on file/ open and look for the file you want to use.
If you used any backup software, you need to use the same software to restore the file.
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I'm not a windows 7 user but you may have to take ownership of the files.

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Sven, I don't understand what you mean by software. I transferred the backup files and that's all I know. I have never done this before and I am really a novice.
Wildfire, I don't know how how to take ownership of the files.
I'm really confused or just illerate.
Thanks for your help and I hope your patience.
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Their may be some confusion, intertwined with the "How and Why".
The "How" in respect to how the backup files were created. It would appear you did not use a "Image or Cloning" backup program on the system drive. This leads us to the "Why". You do not have the ability to restore any programs, so this means the only usable files are "data type" files.
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deester - I transferred my backed up files to my new computer.
The good news - everything should/could be just dandy. All you need is your data type files. This would include all of your media files ... music, video's, and pictures. Just copy them into the appropriate / preferred folders on new computer. If you use programs such as Firefox or Thunderbird, you would first install, open once / close program on new computer. Then contents of old (**) Profile folder can be copied to the new / empty profiles folders (first delete contents of new profile folder). This is the general activity all of us do when moving from old-to- new computers. We will worry about "Take Ownership" if it comes up. When I did the above actions from a XP/sp3/32bit to W7/64bit, W7 never asked, just accepted the files.

(**) This should ONLY be done if both old-and-new computers were using the same program/version release.


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Dennis, thank you for your thorough directions but I am completely lost. I don't know what a profile is or where I find these folders. I am not a complete idiot but right now I feel like one. I think I need pre school diretions.
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Where are those files located on your new computer?
What type of files are those?
What kind of problems are you having while trying to open them?

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broni, you ask so many questions that I don't know the technical terms to. They are in my document library and they are just files. I click on then to try to open them. This is my brand new computer and I think it's been hijacked, I'll tell you about in another thread. Ihave been up all night with this computer, think I'll send this one back in exchangr. Thanks for your help.
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DEESTER,
when you click on the file with your Right mouse button, a menu opens and you should click on OPEN. What happens when you do?
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Let's just keep this as simple as possible.
It appears that deester just copied the files he wanted to backup onto an external usb hard drive and then copied those files onto the other computer.

To open any file all one need do is double click the file icon and the associated program will open the file. For example, if double click a Microsoft Word file called my-resume.doc, it will open in Microsoft Word.

But the computer MUST have Microsoft Word installed on it!

deester, to open your copied files you need to install the same software on this new computer that was on the old computer.

Some files will open only in the program that was used to create the file. For example, a .tax file is the file used by Turbo Tax. To open a .tax file you need to have Turbo Tax software installed.

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My old computer had Vista, my new one has Windows 7. Will this effect what I'm tying to do?

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see my post above

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I suspect that Tony may be on the right track here. Problem is that deester phrased the question regarding "backed up files", while I doubt anything other then copying has occurred.

Deester: Please confirm for us what you did. Did you use a program to 'backup' your files, or did you just copy your files from one machine to the other?

In the last case, Tony's answer above has all the information for you.

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