Re­store pro­grams, set­tings and data


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 and tak­ing your first drive im­age – a vanilla backup you can re­store in fu­ture in­stead of re­in­stalling Win­dows it­self.

Next, it’s a case of re­in­stalling your core apps. Once in place, open CloneApp 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 backup – a ‘per­fect’ snap­shot, as it were.

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.

Open File His­tory, link it to your pre­vi­ous backup and then you can re­store all your data back to its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion with one click.

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