How to restore a single file from ApplicationData which is hidden RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've been using Windows Homes server for more than a year for backing up but (fortunately) I have never before today needed to restore a file.
    I need to restore the following file to my laptop which runs Windows 7:
    The problem is that under Windows 7 the files within folder ApplicationData are hidden from view (no folder list permissions).  I am able to change the permissions on my laptop to get a look at the contents of the current version of this file but I cannot change the permissions in the Windows Explorer view of the backed up files presented to me by Windows Home Server; I've tried but it says that the media is write protected.  Consequently I'm not able to recover that single file that I need.
    I'd appreciate your advice
    Thursday, October 7, 2010 8:39 PM

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  • Perhaps it is bad form to reply to one's own question but I can tell you that I have now recovered the Config.xml file that I wanted by restoring the whole of the C:/Users/Peter folder to my hard drive where I was able to alter the permissions and extract the single file. 

    So, to restore one file of 249 kb I had to recover a folder containing 6,956 files with a size of 2.09GB and it took 50 minutes.  This is not very "user friendly". 

    With more than 25 years experience in the computer industry, now retired, I can say that it was always my experience of backup and restore programs that installation of the program and doing the backups usually went well but restoring anything was always a nightmare.  As part of a  system designed for disaster recovery, restoring of files is rarely done because disasters don't often happen, so the process gets very little attention from users and support staff.

    I hope somebody on the development side at Microsoft will read this and take note.


    Friday, October 8, 2010 10:04 PM
  • There is no "Application Data" folder in Windows 7 (or Windows Vista). It's been renamed to "AppData", and "Application Data" is now a junction point which points to "AppData". You couldn't access "Application Data" in the backup because the junction point is backed up as a file, and isn't valid in the backup.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:33 AM