NTbackup Restore Utility on WIndows 7 - why permanent installation is not recommended?


I need this utility for accessing archived bkf generated by NTbackup in past years. The utility works fine on Win7 computers restoring files/folders.

What is the consequence of leaving the utility installed on win7 on the long run? MS never said why.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So, to be clear, you're asking non-Microsoft people to speculate on why Microsoft made this recommendation.

Based on my prior experience and my understanding of how MS development works (having sat through many presentations with and personally spoken with several developers from various development teams at Microsoft), I SUSPECT it's merely to discourage you from getting used to it and trying to perform backups or having another user find it and think they will.  

But again, this is purely speculation.  And with few possible exceptions, anyone posting a "definitive" response would be lying in my opinion.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
They want you to RESTORE all of your data and use something else to back it up again. It is provided simply as a temporary work around so you can access your older backups and then back them up using newer technology You will note that this utility is not offered for newer operating systems

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shutterhackerAuthor Commented:
OK OK. Politics and marketing aside, there is no technical issue, right? If I have the utility residing on win7 and use it often, Windows 7 will not crash? The utility will not delete bkf? and the Win7 boxes will not fry and smoke, right?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'll repeat.

So, to be clear, you're asking non-Microsoft people to speculate on why Microsoft made this recommendation.
shutterhackerAuthor Commented:

Let me repeat my question:
What is the consequence of leaving the utility installed on win7 on the long run?

I am not interested in MS' motivation.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Microsoft doesn't say - so explain to me how we can know?  That's my point.  You want an answer but it's impossible to give you one.  We've offered our perspectives and you want to dismiss them.
shutterhackerAuthor Commented:
People who have used it may have something like "I have used for few years from time to time I did not experience any issue" or "I kept it installed on win7/2008R2 - the OS kept crashing with blah blah error till I removed it". My search is limited on technet. Someone may have contacted MS and have an answer from them.... that's how people help people.

Thanks for your comments.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It is a crutch, use it recover your data, back it up using a more modern approach and be done with it.. It won't destroy your O/S, but is is something to not be dependant upon. My 8 Track Recorder still works. I got rid of my QIC80 tapes and drives a long time ago. Same with my 2GB DAT drives and tapes. I moved on with technology.
shutterhackerAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I will gradually rotate the bkf out of the pool, and then consider converting the long term archive to something else. This transition will take some time so I want to make sure the utility will work for a while on win7 for me. I don't have the man power to convert the entire pool upfront, or the time can be spent on something better.

MS could have worded it like a depreciation notice instead of "should be removed once you have restored backups".

More search did turn out something on SBS2011 about black screen on bare metal restore.

I don't have SBS anyway.

Thanks for your response.
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