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access Windows 7 backup without Windows 7

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I have a Windows 7 backup set.  I would like to access the files from a Windows XP computer or restore the files to the Windows XP computer. When I browse the backup set, I see only Program Files, Program Data and User folders with only a few folders within them.

How do I access the backup set without Win 7?

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by:fender0327
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See the article below. Disregard the mention of Windows Server 2008:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=974674
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by:John Hurst
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If your Windows 7 computer is working, use a different method to get files from it.

If your Windows 7 computer is not working, see if you can find a different Windows 7 computer, restore what files you need to it, and then move them over to the XP computer.
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by:thenelson
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fender0327,
That article discusses going from a XP backup to Win 7.  I need to go from Win 7 to XP.

thinkpads_user,
My second Win 7 computer only has a 32gb ssd. Not enough space to restore the backup to.
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by:John Hurst
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What you should do, then, is get an inexpensive USB hard drive. That will allow you to interchange files between Windows 7 and XP quite readily.  ... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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I am still not clear. Is the first Windows 7 computer not working?   Even so, the backup set can go on an external USB hard drive for you to use the second Windows 7 computer.

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by:thenelson
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I can search the backup set and find a specific file so I should be able to browse and find them.
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by:John Hurst
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So then is your issue resolved?  ... Thinkpads_User
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I figured out a round-about way to browse the backup set or copy large chunks of files. Search for a file that is known to be in the set.  Once it is found, right click on the file and choose open containing folder. Once that is open, you can drill down or up the folder tree and copy whatever you want as long as you don't go any higher than the long list of zip files (if you do go higher, you have to start over).
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by:John Hurst
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A Windows 7 machine should be able to open your backup just fine. There may have been some differences in saving versus restoring.

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Found a solution myself.
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