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Windows 7: Win7 reinstallation (on same PC) advice - SAVE SETTINGS, rules, etc.

12 Mar 2013   #1

Win7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Win7 reinstallation (on same PC) advice - SAVE SETTINGS, rules, etc.

What I need: to reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate on the same PC, using the same hardware. There are many good reasons, so we'll just call it 'maintenance'.

Previous experience: I have never reinstalled Windows 7 on the same computer / I have installed Windows 7 from scratch over XP twice / I have installed XP over XP (and previous versions going back to DOS ) 100's of times.

What scares me: I have never successfully retained or recaptured Outlook rules, e-mail settings, e-mail structure, internet (DSL) settings, network settings, scheduled tasks, Outlook (Office 2010) events (reminders), general tweaks etc. on any of my REinstalls. Because I run multiple home-based businesses I have 11 e-mail accounts and (at last count) something like 97 rules for routing e-mails in Outlook.

What I need: I REALLY would like to find a way to capture and save as many of these settings as possible to reduce the time needed to get back up and running on the new install. Windows backup and restore or some 3rd party utility? What would you suggest??

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12 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

There is a tool from Microsoft called " USMT " it is a command driven tool. It backs up your settings , along with your files like network drives and network printers.

User State Migration Tool (USMT) Technical Reference

Added: You could also do is Install Windows setup the way you like it and capture an image . Sysprep .

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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12 Mar 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

I would not use Easy Transfer to migrate your files as it reimports AppData settings that are also a corruption path into a fresh new install. Better to start fresh with new settings than risk that and defeat your purpose.

Therefore many of the steps you need to take are the same as for getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Others may be able to specify better the specific Outlook items you need transferred. If not I find these on reinstalls easily by googling the question. You'll learn exactly which files to back up externally, whether and how they're exported and reimported.
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14 Mar 2013   #4

Win7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

"Therefore many of the steps you need to take are the same as for getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. "

wow- that's quite a comprehensive tutorial! I'll read through it a few times and see if I can make this happen this weekend. My problem is that I don't have the luxury of reinstalling programs slowly - I pretty much need 90% of them to fully functional all the time.
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14 Mar 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

If that's the case you can consider doing your Clean Reinstall to another partition which is "Under Construction" until you have it up and running as you wish. Then we can help you remove the other Windows 7 or you can keep it hidden as a backup.

If you have any questions about setting up your partitioning or adjusting it later, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums
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