I had to run the recovery disc after my computer had a problem and wouldn't run windows. I've got it back up now but I want to reload all the programs, files, security etc. backed up on the external hard drive. I expected some sort of one click auto matic reload function but I haven't figured it out if there is.
How did you run the backup? You can restore program files, but without actually running the setup of the program you will be missing many files and registry entries that programs need to run. As far as security goes, any user accounts now on the computer are not the same ones that were saved in the backup so you have to reset that manually.
Your regular files, you can just copy to the same locations they were in before, My Documents probably.