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Windows 7: desktop icons & start menu backup

19 Feb 2017   #1
Firestorm31

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
desktop icons & start menu backup

anyone recommend some software that backs up the destop icons and start menu?

I got this laptop which comes with win 10. don't really like it. considering replacing it with win7.


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19 Feb 2017   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What backup software do you use now, if any?
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19 Feb 2017   #3
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

In case of a HD crash, or data corruption, you'll need to have a lot more than those two things backed up.

Many folks, (maybe not you) have no clue what a real HD backup should include.
A good backup makes a complete copy of your hard drive, at least the C: partition, and then writes it to an external media, like an External HD, Flash Drive or even a DVD.
The ultimate backup is a CLONE of your main drive to a second HD. Impossible on most laptops, but relatively easy on a Desktop PC.

Also, that same Backup/Restore software must NOT be on your main drive exclusively.
After your main drive has squalled, balled, smoked and Crashed, you'll need to have your Backup software on some bootable media, like a CD, Flash Drive, etc. I even have a little SD Memory Card, that can boot up my PC and run my Backup software.

So if you want to save anything on your PC, save everything. Just go ahead and back up the whole thing. It only takes a few minutes to do a full C: drive backup. I do mine about once a week. At least once a year, I'll need to use that latest Backup Image to fix something on my HD.

"The only bad backup, is the one you decided NOT to make"

Cheers mates!
TechnoMage
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19 Feb 2017   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
The ultimate backup is a CLONE of your main drive to a second HD. Impossible on most laptops, but relatively easy on a Desktop PC.
You need to create an image of your system not a clone! It is wrong to say that it is impossible on a laptop! It is just as straightforward to create a system image of a laptop as a PC. The procedure is exactly the same. Macrium Reflect (free) is the most recommended software on this forum
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19 Feb 2017   #5
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

I use Ghost to backup my laptop to my remote HDD on a regular schedule. So to say " Impossible on most laptops" is inaccurate.
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19 Feb 2017   #6
Firestorm31

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
What backup software do you use now, if any?
no back up program at the moment, unless you're refering to windows backup?

I do have an external 2TB hard drive that I'm using for back up but have not hooked it up yet.

I just want something to reconstruct the desktop icons & maybe the start menu when I replace win 10 with win 7 pro.
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20 Feb 2017   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Can't see how this would work. Most of your desktop icons are created when you install a program. Have you checked to make sure your laptop is Windows 7 compatible
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28 Apr 2017   #8
Firestorm31

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Can't see how this would work. Most of your desktop icons are created when you install a program. Have you checked to make sure your laptop is Windows 7 compatible
I have a lenovo ideapad 110.

some people have downgraded from win10 to win7 with this machine.
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