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How to restore files from a backup using the Windows Backup and Restore feature.

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The Windows Backup and Restore feature allows you back up and restore files on your computer. Follow these steps to restore files using a backup you already created .

WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. The Windows Backup and Restore feature is part of the operating system. Sony cannot guarantee that all or any data can be backed up, and once backed up, cannot guarantee that data can be restored from the backup.

IMPORTANT:

  • A backup created with the Windows Backup and Restore feature must be restored using the Windows Backup and Restore feature. While Windows Backup and Restore backups can be browsed or explored, the content cannot be restored by copying or moving backup files to a computer hard drive.
  • There are three different methods available to restore the computer from a system image backup, and  you already must have created a system image backup for any of these methods to work.
  • Make sure the removable media that contains the system image backup is available before proceeding.
  • If the operating system on your computer will not start, you must use either Method 2 or Method 3.
  • In order to use Method 3 you must have already created a system repair disc .
  1. Method 1: Use the Recovery Control Panel.
    1. Close all open applications.
    2. Connect the external hard drive, USB drive, or insert the disc that contains the backup.
    3. Click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
    4. In the Control Panel window, under System and Security, click Back up your computer.
    5. In the Back up or restore your files window, in the Restore section, click the Restore my files button. Image
    6. In the Browse or search you backup for files and folders to restore window, you can search for or select files or folders that you would like to restore from the backup.
      • To search for files or folders:
        1. Click the Search button.
        2. In the Search for files to restore window, in the Search for: textbox, type the desired search phrase and then click the Search button.
        3. Click to check the box next to the files or folders you would like to restore and then click the OK button. Image
      • To select files:
        1. Click the Browse for files button.
        2. In the Browse the backup for files window, navigate to the location of desired file.
        3. Click to select the file and then click the Add files button. Image
      • To select folders:
        1. Click the Browse for folders button.
        2. In the Browse the backup for folders or drives window, navigate to the location of the desired folder.
        3. Click to select the folder and then click the Add folders button. Image
    7. After you have added all desired files and folders, click the Next button. Image
    8. In the Where do you want to restore your files? window, click to select In the original location or In the following location and then click the Restore button. Image

      NOTE: If you choose to select a location, click the Browse button, navigate to the desired location and then click the OK button.

    9. In the Your files have been restored window, click the Finish button.

  2. Method 2: Use the pre-installed recovery options.
    1. Restart the computer.
    2. At the VAIO® screen, press the F8 key.
    3. In the Advanced Boot Options screen, verify Repair Your Computer is selected and then press the Enter key.
    4. In the System Recovery Options window, click the Next button.
    5. Enter the appropriate username and password and then click the OK button.
    6. In the Choose a recovery tool window, click System Image Recovery.
    7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore procedure.

  3. Method 3: Use a system repair disc.
    1. Insert the system repair disc.
    2. Restart the computer.
    3. At the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD screen, press the Enter key.
    4. In the System Recovery Options window, click the Next button.
    5. Click to select the Windows® 7 partition and then click the Next button.
    6. In the Choose a recovery tool window, click System Image Recovery.
    7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore procedure.