Windows 7 can't access backup files created with Windows XP, but there's a utility that should be able to restore your stuff.
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If you're a Windows 7 user, here's a utility that should solve the problem of accidental touchpad swipes. And it's free!
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With these free and low-cost downloads, you can customize and tweak Windows 7 just about any way you wish.