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Windows 7: Does Win 7 back up a functional set of applications (programs)?


15 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Does Win 7 back up a functional set of applications (programs)?

Win 7 Back reads:

Windows Backup won't back up the following items:
  • Program files (files that define themselves as part of a program in the registry when the program is installed).
Does that mean that the applications contained in the folder Program files will not be backed up ready for a restore when there is a system crash?

I want to make a system image for restoring my operating system which will be located on C with applications.


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15 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drivetidy View Post
I want to make a system image for restoring my operating system which will be located on C with applications.
Hi,

I'm not sure about Windows Backup, but I guarantee that Macrium will do exactly what you want. We have a fine tutorial for that too:

Imaging with free Macrium

I have personally used this method in over 7 separate installations for friends and colleagues and have yet to encounter one that doesn't work.

Regards,
Golden
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17 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hi Golden,
Thanks for your reply.
The Macrium software looks OK.
Where would you recommend I install the Windows Automated Kit that is required to make a "restore" function successfully. C Program Files (where the operating system is located) or on a separate hard drive to the operating system.
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17 Nov 2012   #4

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Hi,

I'll save you the trouble of downloading WAIK. Download this pre-made WinPE - burn it to a USB using YUMI or similar, and then boot from it to create and/or restore Macrium images. Its all you need.

Its free of malware, but do scan it for your own peace of mind.

Index of /~badeco

Regards,
Golden
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17 Nov 2012   #5

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To answer your question on backup. That statement refers to the File and Folder backup. The imaging component will back up everything on the partitions you image. It's a bit confusing but Windows, by default, does both in a scheduled backup. I would agree with Golden however that Macrium is a better choice for imaging.
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18 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

I'll save you the trouble of downloading WAIK. Download this pre-made WinPE - burn it to a USB using YUMI or similar, and then boot from it to create and/or restore Macrium images. Its all you need.

Golden
OK Thanks. I had already downloaded Macrium 5.0, installed and created a back up image of PartitionC before I found this reply.

Can I still use the WinPE you sent to recover my computer using the backup image I have already created with Macrium 5.0?

Its free of malware, but do scan it for your own peace of mind.

Index of /~badeco

Regards,
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18 Nov 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drivetidy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

I'll save you the trouble of downloading WAIK. Download this pre-made WinPE - burn it to a USB using YUMI or similar, and then boot from it to create and/or restore Macrium images. Its all you need.

Golden
OK Thanks. I had already downloaded Macrium 5.0, installed and created a back up image of PartitionC before I found this reply.

Can I still use the WinPE you sent to recover my computer using the backup image I have already created with Macrium 5.0?

Its free of malware, but do scan it for your own peace of mind.

Index of /~badeco

Regards,
Yes you can.
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