How can I restore a Windows XP backup to a Windows 7 computer?

Anonymous March 14, 2014
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I have a Seagate external hard drive and recently transferred the contents of my old computer to this drive in order to transfer them to my new computer. When I try to access the files from the external hard drive all I get are dat files e.g. IMG0002 which I cannot open. I tried downloading a free file viewer in the hopes that I could view files but no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions. The old computer ran Windows XP and this new one runs Windows 7. Thank you.

  1. Hovsep A
    March 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    can't open .dat files (windows 7) this file is a back up for my old desktop that has a maleware problem. how do i find out what program created file?

  2. Bruce E
    March 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

    It sounds like you did a backup of the Windows XP computer using Microsoft's backup utility. To restore it under Windows 7, you need to download an update from Microsoft to have a compatible utility to restore those backups. It also works for backups made by Windows Vista.