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Windows 7: Backup User and System Data Files - Enable or Disable



Backup User and System Data Files - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable to Backup Data Files in Windows 7
Published by Brink
19 Mar 2009
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How to Enable or Disable to Backup Data Files in Windows 7


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This will allow you to enable or disable the ability of all users on the computer to Backup User and System Data Files in Windows 7. This is enabled by default in Windows 7.

EXAMPLE: When Backup is Disabled Messages
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Backup Data Files
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Backup_Data_Files.zip
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B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Backup Data Files
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Backup_Data_Files.zip
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the .zip file and extract the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg and .zip files if you like.






OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Backup, and Client. (See screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, right click on Turn off the ability to back up data files and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Backup Data Files
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Backup Data Files
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,
Shawn





19 Mar 2009   #1
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Does this backup save all your user and program settings? Atm I rely on copying my appdata folder to another location to back up the program/user settings.

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19 Mar 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Swarfega,

Yes, sure it can if selected. The backup files feature has been updated in the 7057 build to be a lot better in selecting what you want backed up. See the screenshot under step 9 here to see the new selection options.

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20 Mar 2009   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yeah gave it a go shortly after I posted. It has improved so I think Ill take advantage of this feature to make clean installs easier.
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20 Mar 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I can't wait to see what improvements they make in the next build to. This was a nice one.
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