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  • I have just performed a clean install of Windows XP Professional with only a few of the previously installed software programs. I f I choose to do a express restore will it only restore the files for the currently installed software?
    Friday, January 30, 2009 4:09 PM

Answers

  • An express restore will restore all files from the backup selected.

    It restore encounters files with the same names in the same locations on the drive it is trying to restore to, it will place them in a special restore folder for you to manually deal with.

     

    Restore files from a backup

    If your computer goes through a hardware failure or if some of your files are deleted from your computer and you've backed up your files, you can restore the files to your computer from a previous backup. If you're using a hub PC, you can restore backup files from any computer in your OneCare circle. You can choose which files to restore and which backup to restore the files from.

     

    To restore all files from a backup:

    1. Open Windows Live OneCare.
    2. In the main OneCare window, in the Backup and Restore area, click Restore files.
    3. Click Restore files from a local backup.
    4. Click Express Restore.
    5. Click Restore files.
    6. Click Finish.

     

    To select specific files to restore or to select a specific backup to restore from:

    1. Open OneCare.
    2. In the main OneCare window, in the Backup and Restore area, click Restore files.
    3. Click Restore files from a local backup.
    4. Click Custom Restore.
    5. To restore files from the most recent backup of your computer, click Restore files from the current backup on this computer.
      –or–
      Restore files that were backed up from another computer.
      1. Click Restore files from backup of another machine.
      2. Click the backup that you want to restore files from.

    –or–

    Restore files from an earlier backup.

    1. Click Restore files from an earlier backup or a backup from another computer.
    2. Click the location of the backup device, and then click Next.
    3. Click the backup that you want to restore files from.
    1. To restore all files that are no longer on your computer, click Restore all missing files.

    –or–
    Restore specific types of files.

    1. Click Restore files by file type.
    2. Next to the types of files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then Restoclick Next.
    3. Next to the files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then click Next.
    4. Decide whether you want to restore files that have the same name as files that are already stored on your computer, click the appropriate option, and then click Next.

    –or–

    Select the files that you want to restore.

    1. Click Search for files to restore.
    2. In the search box, type all or part of the name of the file that you want to restore, and then click Next.
    3. Next to the files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then click Next.
    4. Decide whether you want to restore files that have the same name as files that are already stored on your computer, click the appropriate option, and then click Next.
    1. Click Restore files.
    2. Click Finish.

    Note

    If OneCare detects that there are no appropriate files to restore, you won't receive the Restore files option.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare Forum Moderator
    Friday, January 30, 2009 4:31 PM
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All replies

  • An express restore will restore all files from the backup selected.

    It restore encounters files with the same names in the same locations on the drive it is trying to restore to, it will place them in a special restore folder for you to manually deal with.

     

    Restore files from a backup

    If your computer goes through a hardware failure or if some of your files are deleted from your computer and you've backed up your files, you can restore the files to your computer from a previous backup. If you're using a hub PC, you can restore backup files from any computer in your OneCare circle. You can choose which files to restore and which backup to restore the files from.

     

    To restore all files from a backup:

    1. Open Windows Live OneCare.
    2. In the main OneCare window, in the Backup and Restore area, click Restore files.
    3. Click Restore files from a local backup.
    4. Click Express Restore.
    5. Click Restore files.
    6. Click Finish.

     

    To select specific files to restore or to select a specific backup to restore from:

    1. Open OneCare.
    2. In the main OneCare window, in the Backup and Restore area, click Restore files.
    3. Click Restore files from a local backup.
    4. Click Custom Restore.
    5. To restore files from the most recent backup of your computer, click Restore files from the current backup on this computer.
      –or–
      Restore files that were backed up from another computer.
      1. Click Restore files from backup of another machine.
      2. Click the backup that you want to restore files from.

    –or–

    Restore files from an earlier backup.

    1. Click Restore files from an earlier backup or a backup from another computer.
    2. Click the location of the backup device, and then click Next.
    3. Click the backup that you want to restore files from.
    1. To restore all files that are no longer on your computer, click Restore all missing files.

    –or–
    Restore specific types of files.

    1. Click Restore files by file type.
    2. Next to the types of files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then Restoclick Next.
    3. Next to the files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then click Next.
    4. Decide whether you want to restore files that have the same name as files that are already stored on your computer, click the appropriate option, and then click Next.

    –or–

    Select the files that you want to restore.

    1. Click Search for files to restore.
    2. In the search box, type all or part of the name of the file that you want to restore, and then click Next.
    3. Next to the files that you want to restore, select the check boxes, and then click Next.
    4. Decide whether you want to restore files that have the same name as files that are already stored on your computer, click the appropriate option, and then click Next.
    1. Click Restore files.
    2. Click Finish.

    Note

    If OneCare detects that there are no appropriate files to restore, you won't receive the Restore files option.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare Forum Moderator
    Friday, January 30, 2009 4:31 PM
    Moderator
  • Stephen, Thanks for the reply but it doesn't tell what it will do if an old program is not there. Does it also place them in the same special restore file?
    Friday, January 30, 2009 6:14 PM
  • Programs are not backed up, so that's not an issue. OneCare only backs up *data* files based on the backup plan settings:

    Documents, Pictures, Financial Files, etc.

    Programs would need to be manually reisntalled by you, they aren't in the backup. You'd need to use a disc for the program or download the installer - pretty much what you did after reinstalling Windows and then installing OneCare and other programs.

    If data created by programs that you have not installed again was backed up, it will be restored, as long as it was part of the plan settings and was not a file type or location that OneCare will never backup (\Program Files, \Windows are locations not checked for files to be backed up from).

    -steve

     


    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare Forum Moderator
    Friday, January 30, 2009 6:43 PM
    Moderator