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Windows 7: Re-Installed, Selective App Config Restoring:

28 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit [Full Retail Vista Upgrade w/ x86/x64]
Re-Installed, Selective App Config Restoring:

Hey everyone!

Most of my previous posts were about Overclocking or what Hardware to upgrade my system with. But I got a unrepairable error and had to re-install Windows. You can read about my EPIC OS FAIL in this: Crash Post if you're interested.

Basically, I re-installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 and then loaded a System Backup Image that wouldn't load in System Restore and I was back to square one, with a nice new registry, that was totally EMPTY. I have ALL my files from the last install, in addition to the Windows.old folder. But what do I do with them? How do I get all the right bits in the right places without totally researching every pre-installed app?

Here's my question: Is there any method to going about this? Or better yet, is there any software that can help me do this? I'm a graphic artist, so all my 2d/3d design & web developer apps need to have their special configs replaced, or I have a year of configuring down the drain (3DS Max is totally different that stock, for example). Also, theres my "Fallout: New Vegas" and other game saves and my special Web Development Browser plug-ins. Oh, I forgot about all my FTP site logins and passwords. Geez! Fortunately, I had installed KeePass the day before the crash (when I made the Backup Image too!), so my other Logins/PWs are intact. I recommend all you guys with lots of passwords to manage get this great app. Just don't match the PW file to your current install's User account. I'd be screwed if I had done so.

I guess most the stuff can just be replaced with new versions and I can tinker with them to get it all as it was... I just couldn't find any threads about this particular subject, beyond the basic "How to Load a System Image Restore Image", etc. I was just wondering if there were any options other than dealing with each software install individually.

I'd appreciate any input on this!



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01 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 & Mac OS X 10.7

First of all, Welcome to Seven Forums!

To start with, try booting from your Windows 7 install DVD, choosing your language and then choosing 'Repair your computer' from there, try and load your System Backup image.

If not, lets continue, first off, you cannot use the windows.old folder to reinstall applications, you'll have to do that manually for each application you want to re-install. As for the game saves and specific application data, you will have to deal with it in an app-to-app basis, placing each game save or 'AppData' folder in the correct place before proceeding to use that individual application, I know it's tedious, but there is no alternative if you want to be absolutely sure that everything is in the right place and is working correctly. A tip would be to install the application, and allow it to create a fresh 'AppData' folder, then you know exactly what to replace. Most application data is stored in 'AppData' but not all, so you will have to research that in terms of each individual app.

Good Luck!
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01 Mar 2011   #3
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02 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit [Full Retail Vista Upgrade w/ x86/x64]
Yeah, I tried that. No love.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JHayward View Post
First of all, Welcome to Seven Forums!

To start with, try booting from your Windows 7 install DVD, choosing your language and then choosing 'Repair your computer' from there, try and load your System Backup image.
I tried that, as well as my Repair CD to boot into SFC. Same results... Check out my BSOD Thread Here...

Thanks for the input, mate.

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