Q&A Is there any software to backup all your Applications and Data?

klepto

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Jun 14, 2020
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I use Macrium Reflect(Home Edition) for daily backups but every few months I want to install a fresh version of windows
and its a pain to reinstall all my apps and find license codes and the like. I'd love to be able to backup my applications and data
and restore them onto a fresh system.
 

Cortex

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Aug 4, 2016
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What I do is when I do a fresh install I image that & save it as it has my commonly used programs with codes etc - Then if for example there is the latest bi yearly update I image back to the originally image update that update it & save that image - It's really the only way I can find to stop installing codes some of which will fail & if they don't use machine ID will assume you installing on another PC? (There was a program that said it would do what you want but I can't remember the name)
Never used this: EaseUS Todo
 

klepto

Level 2
Jun 14, 2020
54
What I do is when I do a fresh install I image that & save it as it has my commonly used programs with codes etc - Then if for example there is the latest bi yearly update I image back to the originally image update that update it & save that image - It's really the only way I can find to stop installing codes some of which will fail & if they don't use machine ID will assume you installing on another PC? (There was a program that said it would do what you want but I can't remember the name)
Never used this: EaseUS Todo

I truly loathe Windows feature updates, especially when the feature update is pushing their browser more or redundant crap. Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out.
 
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TairikuOkami

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To install software, you can create scripts, like:
Code:
start "" /wait "D:\Software\Temp\Setup\1.exe"
start "" /wait "D:\Software\Temp\Setup\2.exe"
start "" /wait "D:\Software\Temp\Soft\Windows Repair Toolbox\Downloads\PatchMyPc\PatchMyPC.exe"
PatchMyPC contains ~300 apps, it will download and install the latest versions.
I'd love to be able to backup my applications and data
and restore them onto a fresh system.
Software usually contains settings within .ini files or within registry. Ini files can be easily unpacked to their retrospective folders, like:
Code:
C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Wise Disk Cleaner\Config.ini
C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Process Hacker\settings.xml
As for registry, that it is a bit complicated, you would need to do it per app basis, like:
Code:
rem 7-zip
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression" /v "Archiver" /t "REG_SZ" /d "7z" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression" /v "Level" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "9" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression\Options\7z" /v "Level" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "9" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Options" /v "CascadedMenu" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Options" /v "ContextMenu" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "263" /f
Most of the time I waste installing drivers, setting up some Windows settings and browser's extensions. I wish, sync would backup those as well.
Technically I could backup the whole browser's folder and it would work, but I prefer to clean install browser, just in case, there are hidden nasties.

Licences are problematic. They are created to prevent being easily copied, so activation might be needed, but also that depends, what software.
It will take some time to create, but once done, it will save you tons of time. I use those 2 files, then I apply my tweaks to finish it off.
Windows Setup 1 - Pastebin.com / Windows Setup 2 - Pastebin.com

It took me years to figure out, how to backup taskbar icons and their location, but all I had to, was to simply backup those 2, lol:
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband
C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
 

Stopspying

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Jan 21, 2018
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What I do is when I do a fresh install I image that & save it as it has my commonly used programs with codes etc - Then if for example there is the latest bi yearly update I image back to the originally image update that update it & save that image - It's really the only way I can find to stop installing codes some of which will fail & if they don't use machine ID will assume you installing on another PC? (There was a program that said it would do what you want but I can't remember the name)
Never used this: EaseUS Todo
@Cortex I do the same.

I saw this thread a month or so ago when I had a similar issue to deal with as the OP but I didn't use it. Its got a few links to other articles on ways to keep files and software during a fresh W 10 install - Is there a way to refresh Windows 10 without losing programs, apps and files? - Windows 10 Support
 

klepto

Level 2
Jun 14, 2020
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klepto

Level 2
Jun 14, 2020
54
Thanks for the tips everyone. I reset my machine, my apps were removed but my files were all there. I had plenty of backups so I was up and running quickly. I made a macrium reflect clean backup with all my drivers updated when I want to return to a clean setup. Thanks much!!
 
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