Re­store pro­grams, set­tings and data

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

Once Win­dows is re­in­stalled, open Win­dows Up­date to bring Win­dows fully up to date – don’t be sur­prised if there are hun­dreds of up­dates still to ap­ply in the case of Win­dows 7 and 8.1. Once it’s fully up to date, con­sider re­in­stalling Macrium Re­flect Free (www. macrium.com/re­flect­free) and tak­ing your first drive im­age – a vanilla backup you can re­store in fu­ture in­stead of re­in­stalling Win­dows it­self.

If you fol­lowed the ad­vice in our ‘Re­in­stall Win­dows’ fea­ture from is­sue 139, you should now be able to re­in­stall your core apps us­ing CloneApp (www. mirin­soft.com) from your data drive. If you click the Re­store but­ton, ev­ery sin­gle pro­gram set­ting you backed up will be re­stored – if there are any backup set­tings you don’t want to re­store, se­lect Op­tions to lo­cate the backup folder, then open it and move any pro­gram fold­ers you want to ig­nore out of the folder tem­po­rar­ily be­fore click­ing the Re­store but­ton. Now take your sec­ond Macrium Re­flect Free backup.

Fi­nally, open File His­tory or the Win­dows Backup and Re­store tool and take steps to re­store any data you backed up, then make sure the tool is con­fig­ured to carry on back­ing up go­ing for­ward.

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