Time Machine backup from clean reinstall of mountain lion

I have a few niggles before and after installing mountain lion. Previously using snow leopard.
I want to do a clean reinstall of mountain lion and then use time machine to restore files and folders.
I dont want to do a full restore of time machine as i dont want to restore my niggles.
When I currently go into Time machine the restore button is alwats greyed out.
I am therefore not confident of being able to restore files selectively after clean reinstall.
I must admit I dont fully understand how time machine works after reading various tips and instructions.
Can anyone help or steer me in the right direction please.
Niggles include:-
Cant run Kaspersky or Sophos
Shutdown and restart problems
Small Desktop screen in front of blue screen after leaving idle for a while

macfan110 wrote:
When I currently go into Time machine the restore button is alwats greyed out.
That button should be enabled once you navigate to a backup and select something.
But it's not going to work that way once you erase the internal HD.  That's because the erased drive is treated as being a different one.  Since the "old" drive isn't connected, you can't restore things to the place they were saved from, via the Restore button. 
But you should be able to select what you want, right-click it, and choose the Restore <item> to ... option, to get a prompt to select the "new" drive.
Also, if you don't use either Setup Assistant or Migration Assistant to put your stuff back, Time Machine will do a full backup of the "new" drive.  You may be able to prevent that, by telling it to "associate" the "new" drive with the old backups, per #B6 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting

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