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How to access WindowsXP backup file without restoring it

By arasemdadi ·
I would like to access a backup file made through WindowsXP restore utility, but I do not want to restore on top of my current installation. I simply want to extract old pictures and possibly a few documents.

Is there a way I could retrieve those files form the .bkf file windows has made? (WITHOUT restoring it, merely decompressing it somewhere)

Thank You,
Aras

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to How to access WindowsXP b ...

Create a directory you want to use to store the extracted files.

Locate the backup file, e.g. Backup.bkf and right click it, then select Open. Select 'Restore and Manage Media'. You can now expand the directory structure of the backup file in the left pane and select the directory you want to restore, or even individual files from the right pane.

Under 'Restore files to:' select 'Alternate location' from the dropdown list and browse to a directory you created earlier.

The same functions are also available in the Restore Wizard after you have selected the directory or file to restore, after you click 'Advanced...'

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