How to Backup files during a clean Installation of Windows 7 (When using the Recovery Media)
What is happening?
You need to reinstall the Windows 7 Operating System because of corrupted registry keys, files corruption or boot degradation. And it is not possible for you to get into the Windows desktop (not even in Safe mode) to back up files.
1- When starting the OS reinstallation process choose Custom for your type of installation.
2- The system will show: “Where do you want to install Windows”. At that moment press Shift+F10 on your keyboard and a Command Prompt window will appear.
3- Type “notepad” on the command prompt window and hit “enter”.
4- A Notepad window will open. At this moment, plug a USB flash drive or an external hard drive so you can copy the files. (PS. Remember if you are using a flash drive to back up files, you will not be able to copy entire files over 4Gb to it if the flash drive is not in NTFS format)
5- Click on “File”, then “Save As…” At this point, a Windows tree window will open, letting you move freely in the internal Windows Explorer from the system.
Now, just look for the files that you want to back up, right click on them, and choose “copy”. Then, copy them into the USB or External Hard Drive location in the windows explorer.
Thank you for your inquiry,
The Alienware Support Team
Article ID: SLN148553
Last Date Modified: 01/09/2013 12:00 AM