Restore Limitations - Restoring a Folder's Contents RRS feed

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  • Windows Live OneCare is intended to have a minimalistic user interface.


    One of the consequences of this is that an operation like restoring all the files in a specific folder is not trivial to do.


    First you select a custom restore and then a restore by file type which is counter-intuitive until you notice that the file type selection box also has an "all types" check box and is the ONLY WAY to select all the files in a folder.


    Unfortunately, the next step of the operation populates a very simple list box with a list of the entire contents of your backup. There's no resizing the window or switching to a hierarchical view and it takes a long time for the view to come up.


    You then need to click the Folder column to sort by folders. Hopefully the folder you care about is a top level folder because only a limited number of characters are displayed. After very carefully scrolling through this hideously overpopulated list box you should be able to select the first file in the folder and then shift-click on the last to select all the files in the folder. Now click the checkbox and wait for all the checkboxes in the selection to be checked.


    Now you can proceed to the conventional part of the restore (picking the destination and specifying what to do with collisions).


    UNFORTUNATELY, restore will consistently fail if there are too many files in the backup or in the restore selection. Exactly how many it can handle is hard to determine, since it is very slow to cycle through these steps.

    Monday, September 15, 2008 2:12 AM

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  • ToneEngel,


    Thank you for providing product feedback and for sharing your experience regarding the backup restore feature of OneCare.


    I will pass this onto the OneCare team.


    Lori MS




    Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:52 PM