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Windows 7: Question about backing up settings to restore when changing hardware.

03 May 2015   #1
Timorio

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Question about backing up settings to restore when changing hardware.

Is it possible to back up one's programs and settings then restore them after formatting and reinstalling Windows 7 on a new set of hardware?


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04 May 2015   #2
DavidE

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I don't think you can do a clean install and then restore programs and settings.
For new hardware I have always done a clean OS install, reinstall all programs, adjust settings to my preference.

If you're interested in transferring your current OS to new hardware, here are a couple of tutorials by Kari and Kaktussoft you can take a look at:

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

You can also post questions in these tutorials if you're interested.

I store user data on a different partition than the [C] OS + programs partition, so i can "transfer" user data to a new OS/hardware.
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