We have a laptop here that's completely fubar. I.e: The hard drive is filled to the brim with bad sectors. Luckily, backups have been made using the built-in Windows 7 backup feature. This produces folders named Backup Set 2012-11-09 003009, containing folders like Backup Files 2012-11-09 003009, containing zip-files like Backup files 1, 2, 3,...

Our brand new laptop comes with Windows 8. Now: Can we, using the standard back-up and restore feature in Windows 8, restore all the documents, music, etc. using the Windows 7 backup files? Thanks.

(FYI: We also took a normal backup of all the documents just to be sure of course. I'm just curious what would happen. I would test it out, but the new laptop hasn't arrived yet and I wanted to make sure my efforts would not be in vain.)

  • How did you made the backup, did you used the inbuilt option for that or manually ? – Ankit Dec 13 '12 at 11:38
  • The inbuilt option. – Matthias Dec 13 '12 at 12:49

Open the Start Screen, type "recovery" to search, click the Settings category and open Windows 7 File Recovery:


You may need to click Select another backup to restore files from on the file recovery screen to access your backup files:


  • Does not appear not work in Windows 8.1 (non pro) (there simply is no "Windows 7 File Recovery" under the control panel -- german Win 8.1 OEM) – Martin Jan 14 '15 at 18:56
  • No longer on Windows 8.1 – Martin Jan 14 '15 at 19:09

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