There are so many users who back up their data using the NTBackup Tool in Windows XP, then clean install or upgrade to Windows Vista, 7, 8 or Windows 10 and later realize that the newer version of Windows doesn’t not include the NTBackup Tool. This post explains how to restore data from a .BKF archive, after upgrading. The instructions work for Windows 10 as well.
Method 1 (Windows 7): Microsoft has now released the Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 to restore data from .BKF archive. See article How to Restore .BKF Files Using Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 for a walkthrough.
Method 2: Using Windows XP’s NTBackup Tool to restore data
Windows XP’s NTBackup executable runs just fine in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, provided that the supporting DLLs (given below) are available in the same folder where NTBackup.exe is present. The two DLL files are:
If you run NTBackup.exe without these two modules, these errors would pop-up.
After searching the web, I came across the NTBackup files which were packaged within a .cab file meant for use as Bart PE Plugin.
Restoring a .BKF File Using NTBackup
1. Download nt5backup.cab from Plugins by STSanford.
2. Extract the files inside the cabinet file to a folder of your choice.
3. Right-click NTBackup.exe and choose Run as Administrator.
4. NTBackup will indicate that Removable Storage service (removed in Windows Vista & higher). Never mind! This is required for tape backups. Click OK.
5. In the Welcome to Backup or Restore Wizard page, click Next
6. Select Restore files and settings, and click Next
7. Click Browse. Locate the .BKF file that you want to restore, and click OK.
8. Expand the catalog, select the files/folders you want to restore, and click Next.
9. Click the Advanced button
10. Select Alternate location from the dropdown, and mention the destination path.
Configure the restore options accordingly.
Click Next, and then click Finish.
Whew! You’ve now restored the contents of NTBackup .BKF file.
This procedure works in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.