How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10

How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10

How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10: With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has removed one of the important utility called NTBackup. It was a built-in application in earlier versions of Windows which helps to backup files using a proprietary backup format (BKF). There are so many Windows users who backed up their data using NTBackup utility and then upgraded to Windows 10 but later realized that they can’t use NTBackup tool in Windows 10.

How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10

The NTBackup utility is not available in Windows 10 but this tool can easily run provided supporting DLLs are available in the same folder. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point, just in case something goes wrong.

As we already discussed that the supporting DLL files are important if you want to run NTBackup utility but if you will run this tool without them then you would face the following error message:

The program can’t start because NTMSAPI.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.The ordinal 3 could not be located in the dynamic link library VSSAPI.DLL.

Now to solve this issue you could easily download the nt5backup.cab file which consists of the executable (NTBackup) and supporting DLL files:

ntbackup.exe
ntmsapi.dll
vssapi.dll

1.Download nt5backup.cab from the Stanford website.

2. Extract the Zip file on the desktop.

3.Right-click on NTBackup.exe and select Run as Administrator.

Right-click on NTBackup.exe and select Run as Administrator

4.On the Popup message for Removable Storage Not Running, just click OK.

On the Popup message for Removable Storage Not Running, just click OK

5.On the Welcome Page click Next.

On the Welcome to the Backup Restore Wizard just click Next

6.Select Restore files and settings, then click Next.

Select Restore files and settings, then click Next

7.Click Browse on “What to Restore” screen and then locate the .BKF file you want to restore.

Click Browse and then locate the .BKF file you want to restore

8.Expand the Items to Restore from the left-hand window and then select the files or folders which you want to restore and click Next.

Expand the Items to Restore and then select the files or folders which you want to restore

9.On the next screen, click the Advanced button and then from Restore files the drop-down select Alternate location.

On the next screen, click the Advanced button

10.Under Alternate location field, mention the destination path and click Next.

Select Alternate location from the dropdown, and mention the destination path

11.Select “Leave existing files (Recommended)” and then click Next.

Select Leave existing files (Recommended) and then click Next

12.Again configure the Restore Options accordingly:

Configure the Restore Options accordingly

13.Click Next and then click Finish to complete the Backup wizard.

Click Next and then click Finish to complete the Backup wizard

14.Once the process complete, NTBackup utility will restore your files and folders.

Once the process complete, NTBackup utility will restore your files and folders

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Restore NTBackup BKF File on Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

5 Comments

  1. Hi
    I was not aware this was possible. I have used NTbackup a lot in the past. I am sure that there still is people out there having old .bkf backups they might have forgot about.

  2. I have some “floppies” from 1996. I used a Microsoft backup program which spread the backed – up files over 10 floppies, with extensions from .001 to .010. Not sure which program was used, but I makred MSB on the floppies. Could this be NTBackup? Will NTBackup work to extract these files?

  3. Cor Metdekorteachternaam

    Running ntbackup.exe (as admin) on an uptodate Windows 10 gives me the error message (translated):
    ntbackup.exe Acces point not found
    Cannot find the access point for procedure SetCatalogState in DLL file C:\Program Files\NT5\nt5backup.exe
    OK

    Compatibility setting do not help.
    Any ideas?

  4. Really struggling with this, so your help would be very much appreciated.
    I have the files, ntbackup.exe, ntmsapi.dll, vssapi.dll on my desktop.
    When I try to run (as administrator) I get this message:
    “The procedure entry point SetCatalogState could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\users\user\Desktop\ntbackup.exe”
    I tried with the same 3 files in my Windows\System32 folder, but this time the message was:
    “The code execution cannot proceed because NTMSAPI.dll was not found.”
    Thank you for your advice.,

    1. You are missing query.dll

      I tried this recently and was able to restore a 20 year hold hard drive that had a BFK on it.

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