I have a problem booting a new upgraded windows 7 from vista. It will not load the OS at all, it just stucks at a black screen with a blinking dash top-left.

bootrec /fixboot tells me (The volume does not contain a recognized file system.) bcdedit shows me the following:

Windows boot loader

identifier --

device -- partition=C:

path -- \Windows\system32\winload.exe

description -- Windows 7 Ultimate

osdevice -- partition=C:

systemroot -- \Windows

I have a windows vista dvd. How can i use that to backup stuff from my documents?


To backup the documents for your user account:

XCOPY C:\Users\[your_username] [destination] /S

Where [destination] specifies where you'd like them copied, F:\backup for example.

  • found that i needed to add an /E to copy sub dirs – Shawn Mclean Nov 13 '09 at 20:55
  • /E will copy all subdirectories, even empty ones. If you want to exclude empty ones use /S. – John T Nov 14 '09 at 6:48

How about this?

XCOPY C:\Users\%username% X:\BackUp\%date:~10,4%%date:~4,2%%date:~7,2%_%time:~0,2%%time:~3,2%%time:~6,2%%time:~9,2%_%username% /s
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    You should explain what it does. – Daniel Beck Oct 31 '12 at 14:27
  • That's XCOPY "My Documents" to destination with CURRENT DATE TIME. For example; "C:\Users\HORIZON" will be copied as "X:\BackUp\20121106_191020_HORIZON" – Rhak Kahr Nov 6 '12 at 12:52

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