How do you keep a backup of all your programs' settings?


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My recent experience with installing both Windows and all my other programs from scratch has given rise to the question of how to ensure that one should keep an up to date backup of program settings to the utmost degree possible.

Installing Windows was straightforward. Nothing much to ask from the user. However, installing one's programs can be a very long and tedious task when it comes to configuring or customising them. I took the precaution of safely saving or exporting my program settings including those of browser addons before going through Windows installation. It took some time, but it paid off in the end as I didn't have to customize every program after installing it. I simply used the backup configuration accordingly. Even so despite my diligence there were a couple of programs where I missed backing up the settings.

What do you do about keeping an up to date backup of your program settings including those of browser addons?
 
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What do you do about keeping an up to date backup of your program settings including those of browser addons?
Unless there is a major update, even an old backup should cover it. I backup ini/xml files from %AppData%
Browser addons are a bit tedious, I do not understand why browsers do not backup those yet, unbelievable.
Code:
rem Enhancer for Youtube
rem {"version":"2.0.108","settings":{"blur":0,"brightness":100,"contrast":100,"grayscale":0,"huerotate":0,"invert":0,"saturate":100,"sepia":0,"applyvideofilters":false,"backgroundcolor":"#000000","backgroundopacity":50,"blackbars":false,"blockads":true,"blockadsexceptforsubs":false,"blockautoplay":false,"blockhfrformats":false,"blockwebmformats":false,"cinemamode":false,"cinemamodewideplayer":false,"controlbar":{"active":true,"autohide":false,"centered":true,"position":"fixed"},"controls":[],"controlsvisible":false,"controlspeed":false,"controlspeedmousebutton":false,"controlvolume":false,"controlvolumemousebutton":false,"customcolors":{"--dimmer-text":"#cccccc","--hover-background":"#232323","--main-background":"#111111","--main-color":"#00adee","--main-text":"#eff0f1","--second-background":"#181818","--shadow":"#000000"},"customcssrules":"","customscript":"","customtheme":false,"darktheme":true,"date":1590884155282,"defaultvolume":false,"disableautoplay":false,"executescript":false,"expanddescription":false,"filter":"none","hidecardsendscreens":false,"hidechat":false,"hidecomments":false,"hiderelated":false,"ignoreplaylists":false,"ignorepopupplayer":true,"localecode":"en_US","localedir":"ltr","message":false,"miniplayer":false,"miniplayerposition":"_top-left","miniplayersize":"_400x225","newestcomments":false,"overridespeeds":false,"pauseforegroundtab":false,"pausevideos":false,"popuplayersize":"640x360","qualityembeds":"hd720","qualityembedsfullscreen":"hd1080","qualityplaylists":"hd1080","qualityplaylistsfullscreen":"hd1080","qualityvideos":"hd1080","qualityvideosfullscreen":"hd1080","reload":false,"reversemousewheeldirection":false,"selectquality":true,"selectqualityfullscreenoff":false,"selectqualityfullscreenon":false,"speed":1,"speedvariation":0.1,"stopvideos":false,"theatermode":false,"theme":"default-dark","themevariant":"youtube-deep-dark.css","update":1619098163598,"volume":50,"volumemultiplier":3,"volumevariation":5,"whitelist":"","wideplayer":false,"wideplayerviewport":false}}

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Some store settings in registry that is pretty straightforward, like 7-zip or XnView.
Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression" /v "Archiver" /t "REG_SZ" /d "7z" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression" /v "Level" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "9" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Compression\Options\7z" /v "Level" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "9" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Options" /v "CascadedMenu" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\7-Zip\Options" /v "ContextMenu" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "263" /f

reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView" /v "UseRegistry" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Browser" /v "ShowToolTips" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Browser" /v "StartupDirectory" /t "REG_SZ" /d "Z:\Desktop" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Browser" /v "StartupIn" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "2" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "Delay" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "2" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "Directory" /t "REG_SZ" /d "Z:\Desktop" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "HotKey" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "9" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "IncludeCursor" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "Method" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "Multiple" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Capture" /v "SaveIntoFile" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Start" /v "MaximizeXnviewAtStartup" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Start" /v "OnlyOneInstance" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "1" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Start" /v "PathSave" /t "REG_SZ" /d "Z:\Desktop" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Start" /v "SavePosition" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\XnView\Start" /v "ShowSaveDlg" /t "REG_DWORD" /d "0" /f
 

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I use Macrium Reflect, if you update files a lot a weekly update works or whenever you feel your data has changed enough to warrant it. Aoemi Backupper is good to
 

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Loads of ways to BU .. you pays your money you takes your choice.. My choice use Acronis True Image 20 or 21 both as good as each other. Boot from a USB stick and make a weekly image back up (or when you intend to muck about with settings!!) It takes 8 - 10 minutes for the average W10 partition. Recovery is the same - boot from your USB etc. Other advice keep your images on an external drive or stick just in case!!
 

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Firefox is my browser of choice, but I don't use any addons. For a clean install on a new machine I copy my Firefox profile from %Appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles to the new install. This contains all my bookmarks, login cookies and settings for Firefox.

There's also an %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions folder. I presume I could just copy that over too, though I've not needed to test that.
 

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I use multiple methods:

1. Regular MR image backups, plus a "golden" image from a clean install with apps & customizations
2. Copies of config files where possible
3. A folder with all the app installers, periodically updated with the newest version
4. A detailed spreadsheet with all apps, settings, and OS configurations

No worries about doing a clean install, if necessary, except for the day or two required to get everything back to normal.
 

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Browser addons are a bit tedious, I do not understand why browsers do not backup those yet, unbelievable.
I have found that Edge's sync function tends to remember and install my extensions, if not their settings.
 

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Yes Edge does and so Does Chrome as long as you select what to sync and have it turned on
 

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Now I tend to use Macrium Reflect for images and Aomei backupper for files and folders
 

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They're stored on my own hard drive :wink: The brain
 

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Firefox is my browser of choice, but I don't use any addons. For a clean install on a new machine I copy my Firefox profile from %Appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles to the new install. This contains all my bookmarks, login cookies and settings for Firefox.

There's also an %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions folder. I presume I could just copy that over too, though I've not needed to test that.
I use this
Firefox backup 1.2. Simple an efficient :wink:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-12700K Processor 25M Cache, up to 5.00
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32gb (2x16gb) DDR4 3200mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Dual Geforce Rtx™ 2070 Oc Edition 8gb Gddr6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ EW3270U 31.5” 3840x2160 UHD 16:9 HDR LED 4K LG 27UK850-W 27'' 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR10
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 1TB
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 250GB
    Samsung 970 Evo M.2 2280 2tb Pcie Gen3. X4
    Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA Internal SSD
    PSU
    Corsair AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PSU
    Case
    Corsair 275R ATX Mid Tower Case
    Keyboard
    Logi MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logi M705
    Internet Speed
    400 mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32
    Other Info
    Love fast boots

Zardoc

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I have found that Edge's sync function tends to remember and install my extensions, if not their settings.
I don't use sync on all machines so:

I save the user folder (C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data) and place it back on new install with a reg tweak.
Save 2 folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Edge\PreferenceMACs\Default
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Edge\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-12700K Processor 25M Cache, up to 5.00
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32gb (2x16gb) DDR4 3200mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Dual Geforce Rtx™ 2070 Oc Edition 8gb Gddr6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ EW3270U 31.5” 3840x2160 UHD 16:9 HDR LED 4K LG 27UK850-W 27'' 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR10
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 1TB
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 250GB
    Samsung 970 Evo M.2 2280 2tb Pcie Gen3. X4
    Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA Internal SSD
    PSU
    Corsair AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PSU
    Case
    Corsair 275R ATX Mid Tower Case
    Keyboard
    Logi MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logi M705
    Internet Speed
    400 mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32
    Other Info
    Love fast boots

pparks1

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I use Chrome and have the sync feature enabled, so I don't have to worry about any of my bookmarks, extentions, etc. I take regular backups with Macrium so I can restore if needed. My email is in the cloud. I don't actually have a ton of software installed that requires much configuration. The games I play all have an online component it seems where my progress is stored in the cloud.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.

me75006

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My OS is imaged 3 times a week and copies kept over time via Macrium. What I work with/on, is recorded daily and copies over time recorded.
Images of my work folders and of my OS has saved me when needed.
I used Macrium images to help the transition from W10 to w11, and back, a number of times. OMG, so pleased and thankful for utilities that make changes so easy. :ufo:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen 880-030
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen R7-1700 8-Core 3.0GHz
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070
    Hard Drives
    ssd + ssd +HD
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Macrium Reflect

Ghot

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Is there a button to clcik that will export all your personalizations? NO.
"Some" few programs, do have a way to export their settings. Not many though.


As many have mentioned... backup software is the way to go. The method you end up using, the method that works the best for you... will be discovered by you, by trial and error.

Mostly, this is my method...
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22000.778
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

The-Hive

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I Have just read your post from Tenforums @Ghot I totally agree, I do all those things except I do update drivers more often (y)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
    D: Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
    Case
    Dark side of the moon
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi Network Adaptor
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
    Tobii Eye Tracker
  • Operating System
    Dual Boot Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Pro Dev build
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512Gb SSD
    WD 2GB EXT
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton

Ghot

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I Have just read your post from Tenforums @Ghot I totally agree, I do all those things except I do update drivers more often (y)


I've pretty much, done it that way since Windows XP.
Sometimes, it means a lot of backups and restores... like when I'm testing something or troubleshooting something.

Other times, it might be a month between backups.
Since Win 10, and definitely on Win 11, I pretty much always make a full backup, right before patch Tuesday.

Drivers, I don't really mess with except for chipset, vid drivers, and the occasional BIOS flash.
The rest... at least in my case, hardly ever need updated.
I also use Winaero Tweaker to block Windows driver updates. That solves most driver problems, before they start.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22000.778
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

The-Hive

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Snap ! I think I have been doing it without even thinking about it, especially the backups before testing etc.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
    D: Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
    Case
    Dark side of the moon
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi Network Adaptor
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
    Tobii Eye Tracker
  • Operating System
    Dual Boot Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Pro Dev build
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512Gb SSD
    WD 2GB EXT
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
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