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Repairing Windows Explorer while protecting data

A week or so ago, I was shutting down my computer when the power went out. The result was that the Windows Explorer files were damaged. Tried doing a system restore but when I get to the system restore page, it's blank. (Tried doing it is safe mode too with the same results.) My son can reinstall Windows but we are worried about losing my data. Before trying that, we want to make sure that my data is safe.

The back ups I have are old. We tried setting up an account with an online backup service but while we can download backup software, it can't be installed.

I can't copy and paste or drag and drop so making a copy of my files is not possible.

I can upload files and am considering using Google docs but I can't upload folders and the files will be reformatted.

Any suggestions on how to backup my files would be appreciated. TIA

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The other method. It's cheap too.

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Remove the current hard disk and set it aside. Install a new drive and then your OS, updates, firewall, antivirus and applications. Now add the old drive on the slave connection and copy your files over.

That usually does it.

I didn't write about the blank system restore page since google has that covered.
Bob

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No OS cd

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When I got my computer, it had XP Home already installed. A cd with the OS was not included. All I have is the 6 diskett recovery set.

Is there a workaround the blank system restore page?

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That's the right set of CDs but

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Unless you backup or use my method your files would be at risk.

As to the blank system restore page, type this at google.com

XP BLANK SYSTEM RESTORE PAGE

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Download and install a freeware file browser or...

In reply to: Repairing Windows Explorer while protecting data

if you have a app like win rar or 7 zip use the file manager from there to access and copy your files.


Cheers,
Jason

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