restore the backed-up Document and Settings folder to a new installation

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
1. I took backup of the Documents and Settings folder from my machine to a external HD when the windows xp went bad on that machine.
2. I formatted and reinstalled xp

Now Is it ok to just copy the Documents and Settings folder from the external HD to the machine and hence overwrite the existing Documents and Settings folder (created during the new installation)?
Question by:PearlJamFanatic
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    Expert Comment

    Just copy the contents of Documents and settings\Username folder but make sure not to copy *ntuser.* files.

    Author Comment

    should i be logged into my account while i do this copy?
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    Accepted Solution

    No you should be logged in as administrator. or another user with administrative privileges other than the user you want to copy files into
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    Assisted Solution

    you can be logged into your account if all you need is your documents and desktop files. open my computer, go to the external drive, go into the folder you backed up until you find 'documents and settings'. Go into your user account, you will find your 'my documents' and 'desktop' folders. go into them one at a time and select all the files and copy. then go to start, my documents and paste them there. do the same for your desktop files if you have any.

    if you have files from other applications you need to copy then you will want to install that software first and can then attempt to copy the files in place.

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