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Recover Vista Files

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Ok this is complicated but I will try to be brief and concise. I bought an HP laptop off Ebay. It came preloaded with Vista Ultimate 64bit. I went in and backed up my entire hard drive through Backup and Restore Center. It did not have a partition for recovery at this point. I thought this was good enough. I backed it up to an external hard drive. I got a copy of Windows 7 and put it on. However it was 32bit. I could still access my files and such through a folder called Windows.old. I tried to completely restore my hard drive with the backup I had made with Vista, but it said it could not boot with the external, so I got some recovery cd's from HP. They are the original Vista Home Premium 64bit. I would like to know is there any way to recover my media files and Office from before? I can see on my external the Windows Backup file, but I can't boot or restore from it. Anyone have any ideas or am I just sunk?
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