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File and Settings Transfer Wizard won't recognize backup.

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7,528 words with 2 Comments; publish: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 11:39:00 GMT; (33162.50, « »)

OK. Here's the situation. Computer with Windows XP Home that we were

reformatting to XP Pro. Ran File and Settings Transfer Wizard. Took the

resultant files and moved them to a network share, reformatted the computer

and went to run the File Settings and Transfer Wizard again. When I specify

the backup files, it kicks back an error regarding the files, basically

saying that it's not a valid backup. We are on the same service pack that

the computer was on before we created the backup (SP2), so that shouldn't be

a problem.

I hunted down the file to decompress the files in the backup and there were

no errors in any of the files. However, there seem to be several files that

are missing and obviously the settings weren't moved over.

Does anyone know if there is a problem with Microsoft's File Settings and

Transfer Wizard as of SP2? Does anyone know how to fix this problem and get

the wizard to recognize the bakup?

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    • There are no "known problems" with SP2 and the Files and Settings

      Transfer Wizard. Read the following:

      HOW TO: Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP

      http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;293118

      1. Create a new folder on your Desktop and name it.

      2. Open XP's Files and Setting Transfer Wizard.

      3. Select "Old Computer"

      4. Select "Other" and Browse to the Desktop folder you created.

      5. The Wizard will create a file in the folder. The file is named

      "USMT2.UNC"

      6. Record the "USMT2.UNC" file to a CD.

      7. When you have installed XP and your programs, open the

      Files & Settings Transfer Wizard and select "New Computer".

      8. Select "I don't need the Wizard Disk....."

      9. Browse to your CD Drive and insert the CD containing the

      "USMT2.UNC" file.

      10. Your Files and Settings will begin installing on the new drive.

      Note:

      The .DAT file within the USMT2.UNC folder should be named IMG00001.DAT

      There should also be a file named "status". If you have these two files within

      the USMT2.UNC folder, you should only browse to the "USMT2.UNC" folder

      when using the wizard.

      ==> Make sure your IMG00001 file is properly named: IMG00001.DAT

      You need to browse to the location of the "USMT2.UNC" folder. Do not browse

      to or select the IMG00001.DAT file, only the USMT2.UNC folder itself.

      For example, my location is: C:\Old Computer Files\Transfers\USMT2.UNC

      Carey Frisch

      Microsoft MVP

      Windows XP - Shell/User

      Be Smart! Protect Your PC!

      http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...t/default.aspx

      -----

      "Matt Hargraves" wrote:

      | OK. Here's the situation. Computer with Windows XP Home that we were

      | reformatting to XP Pro. Ran File and Settings Transfer Wizard. Took the

      | resultant files and moved them to a network share, reformatted the computer

      | and went to run the File Settings and Transfer Wizard again. When I specify

      | the backup files, it kicks back an error regarding the files, basically

      | saying that it's not a valid backup. We are on the same service pack that

      | the computer was on before we created the backup (SP2), so that shouldn't be

      | a problem.

      |

      | I hunted down the file to decompress the files in the backup and there were

      | no errors in any of the files. However, there seem to be several files that

      | are missing and obviously the settings weren't moved over.

      |

      | Does anyone know if there is a problem with Microsoft's File Settings and

      | Transfer Wizard as of SP2? Does anyone know how to fix this problem and get

      | the wizard to recognize the bakup?

      #1; Sun, 01 Jun 2008 11:40:00 GMT
    • I guess I should have stated this before, but I've done this well over 100

      times. I know how to click on next and browse. I tried that about 10 times,

      between trying it with SP1 and SP2 installed. Every time it kicks back the

      same message when I select the USMT2.UNC directory. The message is "The

      location that you specified does not contain stored information".

      Both the img00001.dat and the status file are there in the directory.

      Matt

      "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

      > There are no "known problems" with SP2 and the Files and Settings

      > Transfer Wizard. Read the following:

      > HOW TO: Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP

      > http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;293118

      > 1. Create a new folder on your Desktop and name it.

      > 2. Open XP's Files and Setting Transfer Wizard.

      > 3. Select "Old Computer"

      > 4. Select "Other" and Browse to the Desktop folder you created.

      > 5. The Wizard will create a file in the folder. The file is named

      > "USMT2.UNC"

      > 6. Record the "USMT2.UNC" file to a CD.

      > 7. When you have installed XP and your programs, open the

      > Files & Settings Transfer Wizard and select "New Computer".

      > 8. Select "I don't need the Wizard Disk....."

      > 9. Browse to your CD Drive and insert the CD containing the

      > "USMT2.UNC" file.

      > 10. Your Files and Settings will begin installing on the new drive.

      > Note:

      > The .DAT file within the USMT2.UNC folder should be named IMG00001.DAT

      > There should also be a file named "status". If you have these two files within

      > the USMT2.UNC folder, you should only browse to the "USMT2.UNC" folder

      > when using the wizard.

      > ==> Make sure your IMG00001 file is properly named: IMG00001.DAT

      > You need to browse to the location of the "USMT2.UNC" folder. Do not browse

      > to or select the IMG00001.DAT file, only the USMT2.UNC folder itself.

      > For example, my location is: C:\Old Computer Files\Transfers\USMT2.UNC

      > --

      > Carey Frisch

      > Microsoft MVP

      > Windows XP - Shell/User

      > Be Smart! Protect Your PC!

      > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...t/default.aspx

      > -----

      > "Matt Hargraves" wrote:

      > | OK. Here's the situation. Computer with Windows XP Home that we were

      > | reformatting to XP Pro. Ran File and Settings Transfer Wizard. Took the

      > | resultant files and moved them to a network share, reformatted the computer

      > | and went to run the File Settings and Transfer Wizard again. When I specify

      > | the backup files, it kicks back an error regarding the files, basically

      > | saying that it's not a valid backup. We are on the same service pack that

      > | the computer was on before we created the backup (SP2), so that shouldn't be

      > | a problem.

      > |

      > | I hunted down the file to decompress the files in the backup and there were

      > | no errors in any of the files. However, there seem to be several files that

      > | are missing and obviously the settings weren't moved over.

      > |

      > | Does anyone know if there is a problem with Microsoft's File Settings and

      > | Transfer Wizard as of SP2? Does anyone know how to fix this problem and get

      > | the wizard to recognize the bakup?

      >

      #2; Sun, 01 Jun 2008 11:41:00 GMT