Advice would be most welcome

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    Windows 10

    Advice would be most welcome

    Hi members. I'm new in the forum so please be gentle with me. You will quick;y see that I am not very computer literate.

    Recently my faithful computer which was then running Win 7 became unstable for some reason and I decided to back up all my files etc to Cds (7 in total). I then completely reformatted my machine and installed Win 10. I would really like to get the win 7 .img files back onto my computer, along with all my pictures, documents and programs, but am unsure how to proceed. I don't want to wipe Win 10 with win 7 files. The new drive has 1 TB of disk space and isn't partitioned at this point.

    Can anyone help me out here?

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    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610

    What do you see if you just open the CD's in file explorer?

    7 CD's worth of data is actually quite a small amount and you would be much better in future to just copy that stuff to a flash drive in its native form.
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    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Contents disk 1

    Hi Mooly, this is what is on disk 1

    - - - Updated - - -

    Hello Mooly,

    The previous info was actually the recovery disk of which there are 3.

    The first backup disk says Backup files 2019-03-24 17901901 File folder

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    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610

    W10 includes the old W7 'Backup and Restore'. Have you tried restoring your files using that?

    Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

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    Windows 11 Pro

    You could try setting up a virtual machine in Windows 10 and set the DVD drive as the boot drive for it. Then maybe the virtual machine would boot from your recovery CD and let you recover everything to the Virtual Machine.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    The Windows7 users folders can be copied and pasted to a backup drive or the cloud.
    After a clean install the user folders can be restored by copy and paste.

    Install drivers from the computer or motherboard manufacturer's website.
    For any drivers needed that were not displayed use the component manufacturer's websites: Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Killer Networks, Realtek, etc.

    Download and install applications as needed.

    When all of the above has completed make a free backup image:
    (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)

    Macrium is widely used in Ten Forums:

    Macrium Software | Your Image is Everything
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Advice would be most welcome

    Thanks to you guys for the advice. Recovering Win7 files onto Win10 is not going to cause conflict with the Win10 OS is it? That is my biggest worry apart from my missing photos and videos that are irreplaceable. Just hoping I can get them back again.
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    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610

    There should be no conflict at all as the files are just backups of your personal stuff, its not like restoring a disk image of the operating system.

    I would recommend you do look into disk imaging, its so easy and safeguards against this kind of thing. Make an image of your W10 installation now and it doesn't matter what you do or try after that as you can always go back.
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  10. Posts : 1,620
    Windows 10 Home

    Folks, would something like PowerISO or Daemon Tools Ultra maybe work? I think they can read IMG files?
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