Restoring with a Microsoft-specific backup
If you need to restore using a backup created with Windows Backup,the Backup and Restore Center, or Windows Home Server, you’ll need to perform the restore on the same PC or on one with the same operating system as the one you had previously. You can’t restore a backup created on a Windows 2000 PC to a Windows XP or Windows Vista PC; it just doesn’t work that way. As you work though the restore process, you’ll select the backup you want to use, select where to restore the backed-up files (there are three options: Original Location, Alternate Location, and Single Folder), set the restore options, and then start the restore operation.
As an example, to restore using Windows Backup, follow these steps:
1. Open Windows Backup.
2. Expand File, and select the backup to use. Figure 12-23 shows this option.
3. Select an option for restoring files. Original Location puts the files back where they were initially, and Alternate Location and Single Folder allow you to browse for the location to save to. If you choose one of the latter two, click Browse and locate a place to save the data.
4. Click Start Restore.
5. In the Confirm Restore dialog box, click Advanced to view the advanced options, or click OK. We advise leaving the advanced options as they are.
6. When the restore process ends, click Close and exit the backup utility.
Using Vista’s Backup and Restore Center is similar, as is Windows Home Server, and as are most third-party backup applications.