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Windows 7: Easy transfer .. is it?

31 Oct 2009   #1
apollo911

Windows 7, Vista HP, XP Pro
 
 
Easy transfer .. is it?

I am going to do a clean install of W7 Home Premium, replacing Vista HP - my question is.. what is the point of backing up settings?

As I have to re-install my software and much of that will store settings in the registry as well as in folders, surely importing old settings is likely to cause more problems than it's worth?


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31 Oct 2009   #2
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Windows Easy Transfer saves your user account settings, documents, music etc. That's all. After you've done a clean install you still have to load all your programs. Easy transfer does not keep registry settings.
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31 Oct 2009   #3
apollo911

Windows 7, Vista HP, XP Pro
 
 

What exactly is stored in User Account settings?
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31 Oct 2009   #4
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Just the files and folders you have under each account
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31 Oct 2009   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I have used it several times with no problems


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31 Oct 2009   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Just the files and folders you have under each account
Yes, they are files and folders, but they are also settings for almost every piece of software you have installed on your system, including your email if you are using Outlook Express or Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail. There is MUCH more there that just "files and folders."
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31 Oct 2009   #7
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apollo911 View Post
What exactly is stored in User Account settings?
You definitely want to make this backup. There are tons of things stored there that you may not think of.
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31 Oct 2009   #8
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Yes, they are files and folders, but they are also settings for almost every piece of software you have installed on your system, including your email if you are using Outlook Express or Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail. There is MUCH more there that just "files and folders."
In order to keep things as simple as possible, unless specifically asked by the OP, all he needed to know was that everything in his user account would be saved. People don't require too much information as it confuses some. If they want/need to know more then they'll ask. I've found that less is more to a lot of the people that come here for help
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31 Oct 2009   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't bother with Easy Transfer and don't trust it. I fiddled with it a bit when I was running a Windows 7 release candidate and wasn't amused--it wouldn't allow me to restore anything, for whatever reason. It's like imaging--wonderful when it works and horrid when it doesn't. You might hope that it works OK, but if you have relied on it and it doesn't work, you are hosed.

For a clean install, I just back up my bookmarks, email, and data and then manually restore those 3 items after I am done. Never had an issue.
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31 Oct 2009   #10
Jordus

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Actually a lot of individual user settings for applications are stored in this little place called Application Data, which resides in each users profile.
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