Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a backup copy of my Windows 7 machine I made before I converted to Ubuntu. Is there a utility that I can use to load it onto the machine now, even though I'm only running Ubuntu? Please help I need these files back!

Update

I used the Windows back-up utility that came installed. I can view all the files on my external that I used in .zip folders but when I unzip them they're strewn about randomly and in invalid formats

share|improve this question
    
In what format is the backup? How is it stored? –  Boris Bukh Dec 11 '11 at 18:12
    
I used the Windows back-up utility that came installed. I can view all the files on my external that I used in .zip folders but when I unzip them they're strewn about randomly and in invalid formats. –  Jon Dec 11 '11 at 21:18

2 Answers 2

You will need to reinstall a Windows Machine, either in a program such as Virtual Box, or on the physical hardware.

To install in Virtual Box, follow these instructions (they are a little dated, but good enough to know how to install it.)

To install Windows on your actual machine, follow these instructions.

You then need to follow the instructions provided by Microsoft to use the recovery program Windows 7 has - found here.

share|improve this answer

Without knowing what kind of backup, a reasonable method for this is to install software that will allow you to use Windows as a virtual machine on top of your Ubuntu installation - perhaps with Virtual Box. After installing this, you can then install Windows 7 as a virtual machine. And, when Windows 7 has been installed, use could then use your backup as you might on non-virtual Windows.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.