Microsoft Backup Utility for Windows - Restore - Article 1240

If you used the Microsoft Backup Utility for Windows to make a backup of important files on your computer, you can also use the utility to restore your data to its original location on your computer or a new location that you specify.

Note: If you used some sort of removable media to back up your files (where you saved the .bkf file), ready it now by connecting it to your computer or by placing the disk in the drive.

  1. To find the Microsoft Backup Utility for Windows, click on the Start menu and browse to All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Backup.
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  2. On the Welcome screen, click the Next button to continue.
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  3. On the Backup or Restore screen, select the Restore files and settings option and click Next.
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  4. On the next screen you will be able to locate the backup file (.bkf) you created previously. If it does not appear in the pane on the right side of the dialogue box, click the Browse button and navigate to where your backup file is located. Select the backup files you want to restore and click Next.
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  5. The next screen will tell you that the utility is ready to perform the restore of your files. The Advanced button allows you to modify advanced settings, but for most purposes the default settings are fine. Click the Finish button.
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  6. The restore status screen will display as the data is being restored. The utility will display a message when it has completed restoring your data. Click Close and you have successfully restored the files to your computer.

Note: If you still have the original files on your hard drive, they will be overwritten with the files contained in the backup during the restore process. Take caution when using the restore feature so that you don't overwrite the files on your computer with older versions contained in the backup file.

Contact the ITS Help Desk at 4-HELP (4-4357) or its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu if you need assistance or have any questions.

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