How to open qic files

Updated February 21, 2017

QIC files, also known as backup files, are generated with the backup application used on Windows 95, 98 and ME systems, Microsoft Backup. The files contain a collection of files specified during a backup operation. QIC files are similar to zipped files in that the files inside of a specific QIC file can be restored to the system they were processed on or on another Windows 95/98 system. QIC files cannot be opened by Windows 2000, XP or Vista/7 due to the different backup procedure used in Windows 2000 and higher systems.

Close any open programs or files.

Click "Start," "Programs," "Accessories."

Click "System Tools," "Backup."

Click on the "Restore" tab.

Click on the folder icon under the heading "Restore from." Navigate to the QIC file you want to open. Double click on the file's name to select it.

Click on the check boxes next to the files inside of the QIC file you would like to restore under the heading "What to restore."

Click on the down arrow under the heading "Where to restore" to select the location on your computer's hard drive to restore the QIC files to.

Click "Options" under the heading "How to restore" to select if you want to replace files or do not replace files. Select this option if any of the same files in the QIC file are present in the restore directory and you want to specify how the restore function should handle duplicate files.

Click "Start" to begin the QIC restore process.

Repeat steps for the next QIC file you would like to open.


To transfer the opened QIC files to a Windows 2000 or higher system, copy the restored files to a flash drive or CD/DVD. Then load the files on the Windows 2000 or higher system. Roxio's Backup MyPC can also open QIC files generated by Windows 95, 98 and ME. The program is discontinued, but available online at various auction websites.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer running Windows 95, 98 or ME
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