F10 restore on an XP PC with one acre RRS feed

  • Question

  • Two days ago I was forced to use the F10 command on boot up to restore my PC to its original settings. I use One Care for security and back up. I backup to an external hard drive. When I restored the One Care application it created a duplicate instance of my PC in the one care circle.  I want to recover all my files and apps from the backup to the original One Care instance of my PC but I am not getting the option to backup and restore in the main OneCare window. 

    Also, I am going to purchase a new Windows7 PC soon so I would also like to know if I can restore files and apps to my new PC when I get it.

    Junior Zagnut
    Monday, January 18, 2010 2:33 PM


  • The reisntalled PC is a *new* PC, so you need to select the option to perform a custom restore.
    If your backup is to an external drive, what we've found is that it often helps to configure backup and perform a backup *to* the external drive. SInce no data has been restored, it should run quickly. Then, you run the restore wizard to do the custom restore.

    Note that OneCare backup does *not* backup programs/apps. It is a data backup only, based on the file types you select when configuring the plan. Programs need to be reinstalled.

    Personally, I would *not* rely on the OneCare backup/restore process to migrate your data to the new machine even using the restore tool pinned to the top of this forum. I'd use that as a fail-safe only. When you get the new machine, I'd use the Windows Easy Transfer wizard (found on the Windows 7 DVD). Ed Bott has a nice exlanation of the process here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=815 


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    Monday, January 18, 2010 7:01 PM