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Problems restoring from Win 7 backup after clean install

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    Problems restoring from Win 7 backup after clean install


    I upgraded from Win 7 to 8 after making a backup (using Windows backup) in Win 7. I elected to do a clean install and formatted my C drive. After the upgrade I wanted to restore back my documents which I did using the "Windows 7 file recovery" option in Windows 8 control panel.

    This worked fine for the standard folders - "My Documents", "My Pictures" etc. What is missing is other directories which had been created under my user account, for example "C:\Users\Adam\Java" and "C:\Users\Adam\Virtual machines".

    Seems I am missing all directories which I created under my user directory. They must be on the system image - is there any way to get them as they can not be seen under the recovery menu?

    Hope this makes sense.

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    Perfect, thank you - I can get my missing data. I assumed the whole user directory would be seen straight off. I could/should have checked this before upgrading but at least I don't have to repeat the process :-)
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    I assumed the whole user directory would be seen straight off
    Unknown, never need to it myself.
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    Funny you should say that, I've been taking backups since early 90's. I have never had to restore ever.

    Works pretty well on the whole windows I think.
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