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Windows 7: backup "let me choose"

03 Jul 2014   #11

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soulfood View Post
sorry to not get back to you after a awhile, responding to what brink said, that windows backup doesn't backup installed programs, only folders. basically i want to know why i can't backup programs (3D games"skyrim", pictures programs"XnView", music programs "iTunes", video etc.) and how can i back them up? thanks
You CAN back up installed programs.

To do that you have to make an "image" of the partition on which the installed programs are found.

See Brink's post 6 in this thread. You can use Windows built-in imaging or a third party program.

Imaging backs up EVERYTHING on a partition--installed programs, configuration details, licensing info, any personal files, etc. An image file can contain just a single partition or multiple partitions.

For partitions that contain ONLY personal files like mp3s, videos, etc, there's no particular reason to use an image for backup purposes. You could just drag and drop that stuff or use a non-imaging "file by file" backup program.

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03 Jul 2014   #12
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I think the misunderstanding comes from programs and folders. Some program files are stored in folders - e.g. in Program Files and Program Data. But there is more to it - e.g. registry entries and the associated DLLs. So backing up program folders will give you only part of the story.

The way to solve that is to make images as was suggested. That will backup the whole system and a restore will supply a working system.
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03 Jul 2014   #13

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

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