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Restoring Your Computer from a Backup

Regardless of which backup option you chose, restoring your backup is probably even easier. Go into the Backup and Restore Center (which is where you went to back up the computer in the first place—Start>Control Panel>Back Up Your Computer) and look toward the bottom of the window. There you’ll see Restore Files or Your Entire Computer. At this point, you’ll need to know which type of backup you made and you’ll need the actual backup copy (which is probably on a CD, DVD, or external hard drive). Then click either Restore Files, if you chose the Back Up Files option before, or Restore Computer, if you chose the Back Up Computer option before. Either way, Vista walks you through the process of restoring the backup.

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