Originally Posted by jschiwal
What kind of backup did you create? An image backup? A file archive? Copies of directories and files? What was the problem that needed repairing?
What do you need to restore? Do you just need to restore documents and downloads?
Being you have re-installed windows, you will probably need to reinstall your applications. Besides the files they install in "Program Files", they may also install libraries and modify the registry. You could try restoring your personal user.dat registry file, but I'd make a copy of the new one first "eg: user.dat user.dat.1" in case it doesn't work. The system registry file shouldn't be replaced. You will probably miss up your system if you replace it.
Thanks for your thoughtful post. I will answer your questions in order.
1)My Computer was dead and Trinity Rescue Kit (TRK) was the only kit that appeared to work. I created the only backup offered in TRK, pi (partimage). it turned out to be a series of compacted image files (gzip I believe). 20 numbered files were created and I have been unable to view any of them. I first attempted to do a complete restore to the newly created windows directory.This apparently overwrote the new install with old contaminated backup and made windows unbootable so I reinstalled windows which formated the partition. I then made a new ntfs partition and performed another restore. nothing was visible in the new restored partitoon. I still have the backup but need the code which reformits the files in ntfs.
I desperately need to recover email and data files.