Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Backing up files

22 Nov 2015   #1

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
Backing up files

If I back up some or all of my installed program files and then maybe have to replace a corrupted install at a later date, does the backed up files also have the registry files needed to work the returned program or just the files in the program folder.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Obviously not! If you backup program files it will contain just that, the software files. The registry is not affected in any way. That said, the vast majority of programs do NOT require anything special to run and copying the program files folder will do in 99% of cases, but that's not the way to do that.

What you must do instead is to backup the installers. Forget about everything in program files, the registry or anything else. If you have the installers and your system crashes and need to reformat, simply pull your backups and reinstall everything as it was previously, and those installers will take care of putting all dependencies in place as they were before.

Of course, and most important, you need to backup your data too.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2015   #3

Windows 7 32 bit home premium

Thanks for that
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Backing up files

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Backing Up Files Before Reformatting
I am going to be reformatting on my Laptop since SP1 will not install etc... The only things I really need are the documents and such. I was going to use Windows 7 Back-up to do so but I was wondering if there is an alternative besides going through each file and moving it/them to an external HDD?...
Backup and Restore
Question about backing up files
Hi, I'll be installing windows 7 soon and want to back up my files. I'm wondering if I can get a new,blank hard drive and install onto that, and then put my old hard drive in as well, rather than taking the time to transfer all my stuff to the new drive. Will this work ok? Thanks
Backup and Restore
backing up files
i have never done a backup before. if i have a system failure i do not want to lose my data. i do not know which files to backup. should i backup alll of drive "C", and drive "D" which is a virtual drive with system recovery data (HP Computer). where do i start? what do i leave out? thanks.
Performance & Maintenance
Backing up my files?
Hi, I built my system with two hard drives one for my opperating system and a second separate drive for all my files. Both drives are 500GB and as the one used for the opperating system only uses a fraction of the space availiable what I want to do is to back up everything that is on main file...
Performance & Maintenance
Need Help with backing up Files
Ok so in a few days im getting windows 7 but i dont know how to Backup my files because i want to do a clean install. Is there any way to do this?
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:18.
Twitter Facebook Google+