Backup creation is done by many users in order to prevent their data from being lost. The easiest and common way to backup the data is by using the Windows NTBackup utility. It enables the user to have a .bkf file which is backed up will all the contents and data contained inside it. Since then, no version of Windows Operating system including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are integrated with NTBackup.exe and also it does not support the Windows XP backup file.
The Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 are composed of more advanced backup options like the file history and Image Backup and these backup applications do not support the backup file in any way. The drawback can be solved by the help of manual methods. For performing the manual methods the user requires a set-up of BKF file extractor in Windows 7, Windows 8 and later editions of Windows operating system.
So, here in this article, we will discuss convenient approach on how to open BKF file in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10.
Requirements for Backup Restore
To restore the NTBackup On Windows 7 and later editions of Windows Operating system users require an executable file naming ntbackup.exe. This executable file needs two dll files along with the carry out the operation. These files are Ntmsapi.dll and vssapi.dll. If the user has direct access to Windows XP operating system than they can copy these files from these systems to the systems which are running the Windows 7 and later editions.
Locate this file from the path “C:\Windows\System32”
Note: Even though the executable file would be enough to run the application the associated DLL files are very important for the restore process. So the user must store the associated DLL files in the same folder where the .exe files are saved.
Steps to Open BKF File in Windows 7 & Later Editions
The steps to view BKF file in Windows 7 and later editions is as follows:
- First, double click on the ntbackup.exe file then ignore the pop-up message and click on OK button.
- Now click on Next option in the Welcome Wizard.
- After that, select the option “Restore Files and Settings” for restoring the .bkf file.
- Now, browse the location of the .bkf file and the click on OK.
Note: The BKF file must be saved on the same system where the backup was restored.
- After that, click on next by selecting the checkbox of folder or file where the user wants to restore.
- Now, select Advanced Option and so that the user can specify the location to save the backup file and then click on Next button.
Note: the default backup will be restored to the previously saved location.
- Click on Finish once the process gets over.
Automated Approach to Open BKF File in Windows 7, 8, 10
There is many scenarios and case where the use of manual methods to view .bkf file fails and which may lead to the loss of the important data.
Also, there are many automated solutions available for opening the .bkf file but the best out of all is the BKF Viewer tool. It easily opens any BKF file whatever may its size.
The above-mentioned steps will certainly help the users in restoring the backup to the system running windows 10 operating system. But there are certain limitations and restrictions which will trouble the users sometimes. The main problem is that Microsoft does not recommend it’s users to run this utility on Windows 10 systems since it is not compatible with this version of Windows Operating System. Moreover, it may damage or corrupt the operating system also. Plus, it may not give the desired results the user wants. So it is better to use the BKF Viewer Tool to open BKF file and restore the NTBackup to Windows System. This will certainly help the users in restoring the .bkf files from their old system to Windows 10 computer system.