1. What is a .qic file?
A .qic file is a backup file written in
QIC-113 format. A single .qic file contains a collection of files,
much like a .zip file. Backup programs insert files into .qic
files to gain a number of advantages including:
* Compression, typically cutting storage
space for the file in half.
* Spanning, permitting large collections
of files to be split across multiple discs.
* Extended attributes, saving long filenames,
security, etc. so the files can be restored on any operating
system exactly as they were originally.
2. How do I extract files from a .qic
Files can be extracted
from a .qic file using the "restore" feature of the Windows 95/98
Backup program. The Backup program can be started from the
by selecting Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup.
3. How do I install the Windows 95/98
The Backup program is an optional accessory
and may already be installed. If not, the Backup program can be
installed using the following steps:
* From the start
menu, select Settings -> Control Panel.
* Start "Add/Remove Programs".
* Click the "Windows Setup" tab.
* Select the "System Tools" component.
* Place a check mark next to "Backup"
* Click OK
If you experience difficulty restoring
with the Windows 95 backup applet, try the Windows 98 version.
4. What are the limitations of Windows
The backup software provided by Microsoft
on their Windows operating systems was intended as a simple utility
to recover lost data. It was not designed to do complex backup
operations or transport data between different operating systems.
5. How do I open .qic files on Windows
Data sets generated by Windows 95/98/ME
backup software are not compatible with Windows 2000 backup software.
To transport data between operating systems, you will need to
purchase a product designed for that purpose. You can use backup
software to do that as long as the software that you are using
works on both operating systems or writes data in a format that
works with other software.
There is backup software available
for Windows NT, 2000 and XP that will restore data written
.qic format that is generated by Windows 95/98/ME backup software. One
such package is "Backup MyPC" by Roxio, available at