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Restore HP iPAQ

My HP iPAQ ran out of battery this morning. When I started it up, the memory was blank. When I tried to restore my files using Windows Mobile Device Center under Windows Vista, I got an annoying message saying that “Restore cannot be completed successfully. The selected backup file was created from a different type of mobile device.”


Fortunately, the kind people at had the solution:

You’ll see this under a couple of circumstances: either you’ve recently done a software upgrade (a new release of the operating system / ROM upgrade) and are trying to restore a backup that applies to the older software operating system. More commonly, you’ll see this after having reset your machine, and the device is set to a different region to the region in use when it was backed up (it defaults to US English). Go to ‘Settings > System > Regional settings’, and switch to the appropriate language.

In my case, I had to set the language to English (UK) and then restore ran smoothly.

I hope this helps someone.

4 Responses to “Restore HP iPAQ”

  1. on 27 Oct 2008 at 6:33 amJosh Bartlett

    Yes, this definitely helped someone. Thanks a lot!

  2. on 24 Aug 2009 at 9:48 pmDavid Abbott

    so b***** simple ! Fantastic. Was trying to work out if I had updated MS Pocket PC or the iPaq rom ! Thanks.

  3. on 28 Oct 2009 at 6:35 pmJulian

    Thank you – this seemed to work for me also.

  4. on 20 Aug 2011 at 12:30 pmJF

    That save me a lot of heartache! Thanks

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