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I have a problem with Windows 7. All efforts to fix it have failed. Someone suggested I install Ubuntu and backup my Windows files. Are there instructions available somewhere?

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Do you want to have Ubuntu and Windows or do backup your files and install only Ubuntu? – Lucio Aug 22 '12 at 23:39
Lucio, at this time I just wanted to recover my data files using a bootable CD as suggested by Sergey. Thanks. – Herb Aug 23 '12 at 0:35

I strongly suspect that what they meant was "boot from Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB to be able to access Windows 7 files from the live session". Installing Ubuntu on the hard drive is likely to destroy your files forever, especially if you don't know what to do.

You need to somehow make a bootable Ubuntu CD/USB and boot from that. Then you'll be able to access your Windows filesystem and backup your files (to an external HDD, for example).

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Sergey, I made a bootable CD and I have booted from that. I am in the process of going through my Windows files and copying the data files to a USB memory stick. Thanks. – Herb Aug 23 '12 at 0:34

I recommend you to download Ubuntu and burn it into a CD/DVD or into a USB stick.

Now from the Live version you can see the files and save them. Backup this files using DVDs or any external device.

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