How to RESTORE win-95 off BACK-UP disks???

I need to restore windows 95 from my recently made zip 100 back-up disks.

1) Will windows 95 allow me to restore the c:\windows tree from within the windows operation system?

2)If not how do I apply my backed up copy of c:\windows to c:\windows?

3)If I do this through DOS what will happen to my long file names...won't they be truncated and therefore useless for the OS?

4)Do I also need to restore other files like in the root directory or in c:\dos, or all the windows 95 OS files in the c:\windows tree?

It would seem that this (restoring backed-up files)is a very weak part of this operating system. Tnanks in advance for the help on how to do this.

Todd Cory
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j2Commented:
1. No
2. Se below
3. Yes
4. Depends, normally yes.


2. Install a new windows95 along with backup software, then you restore the backup to "C:\windows.new". (or similar)
When the backup is done, reboot to _DOS_ and rename \windows to \windows.old
Then rename \windows.new to windows.

Reboot and all should be normal.
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
Hello,

I was thinking about something along those lines...let me get this straight.

First I Install a new bare bones windows95 along with my backup software. This would be to new directory like c:\tempwin.

Then still running through my origional c:\windows (which I assume the windows install disks will allow) I restore my backup copy to this "C:\tempwin.
                       
When the restore is done, I reboot to DOS and delete c:\windows and then rename c:\tempwin to c:\windows.

Reboot and all should be normal.

If I reinstall windows to c:\tempwin won't the install program also reconfigure something in the boot file so it boots off of c:\tempwin? Also as it has one reboot several times during the install so I am dubious about it allowing me to have two seperate versions of windows that will not in somehow refer to eachother or conflict with eachother.
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
j2,

Could you please give me detailed information about what you proposed to me in your last message?

Thanks in advance,

TC
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j2Commented:
Not quite... let me do this again

1. Install a bare bone windows along with backup software in \windows
2. Restore all old files to \windows.new
3. Reboot to DOS
4. Rename \windows to \windows.old
5. Rename \windows.new to \windows
6. Reboot and enjoy

Thing is, by installing the "bare bones" windows to the "real" windows path, it also configs the boot files and such correctly... OH!
then \windows dir MUST have the same name as the _original_ windows dir. (ie if your system was in \cucumber before the crash, you must install the bare bones system to \cucumber aswell... otherwise you are in trouble.
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
Thanks that is much clearer....but as my windoes 95 IS still working, why couldn't I simply restore my back of c:\windows to a c:\temp directory, then boot to dos and do the rename procedure you mentioned?
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
As my windoes 95 IS still working, wouldn't me boot up files already be properly configured? If so then why couldn't I simply restore my back up copy of c:\windows to a c:\temp directory, then boot to dos and do the rename procedure you mentioned, namely: rename c:\temp to c:\windows and reboot back into (hopefully) my version of windows from my back up disks made three weeks ago. This would eliminate the need for reinstalling windows to the c:\windows tree as it is already working well enough to make my backup/restore software work.
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j2Commented:
AAAH! I thought you system had failed totally.. *sorry*

Yes, of course, as long as the directory names stays the same as they "originally" were... Sorry for any confusion i migh thave caused :)
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
Ok, now I know what to do either way...thanks so much for the help!
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Todd CoryAuthor Commented:
Whoops, one more related question...would you use the dos command "move" or "xcopy"? Move seems to be the easiest way to simply rename a whole directory tree, which is what I am after.
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j2Commented:
Ehm, you can just XCOPY the files over (move might be a  bad idea incase something screws up during the transfer) Then i would just  use "ren" to renamne the dir.
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