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    Restoring from Back Ups (WindowsXP & Vista)

    I had used Windows Backup to backup my computer onto an external USB drive. I bought a new computer with Vista and am trying to get to my programs and data on the USB drive, but, I get the message that I do not have permission. How do I get past this?

    Thanks for any help
    Jim B.

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    Re: Restoring from Back Ups (WindowsXP & Vista)

    Try are restore you data to a folder at the root of the C drive. Once they are there, you should be able to move them to you Documents area.

    The problem is Vista does NOT use "My Documents" folder. There is a hidden My Documents but it is for "Software" use only, the legacy programs that must use it. When a program tries to use it then a magic trick happens and sends the user data to the User's "Documents" folder.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Restoring from Back Ups (WindowsXP & Vista)

    You may need to take ownership of the files. See Easier Way to Take Ownership and Grant Access Files or Directories in Vista My Digital Life and Vista: How To Take Ownership of a System File - Tech-Recipes.com for instructions on taking ownership of files. Also, just because you can access the program files from an old system does not mean they are usable on a new system. You still need to install the programs on the Vista PC. Also, in order to access a Windows XP backup made by NTBackup see Restore Ntbackup Backups from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

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