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Backup and Restore User Settings in Windows 8.1

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    Windows 8.1

    Backup and Restore User Settings in Windows 8.1


    I used to use Windows Easy Transfer to backup my settings and files before reinstalling/reimaging...etc - now that doesn't exist, and File History really doesn't cut it when it comes to apps and settings.

    A system image really won't work either, as I need to reinstall windows 8.1 on a new system with different partitioning...etc.

    Are there any Windows 8.1 native tools that will do it? If not, are there any freeware apps that perform the equivalent?

    I have checked out Paragon Backup and Recovery (more all-or-nothing) and D7 (freeware version doesn't have automated restore - but it does create registry dumps...hmmm) but neither seems to work as simply/well as WET used to.

    I have tried just saving the User profile folder, but unfortunately, that doesn't save anything that's in the registry (outlook profiles, app settings...etc).
    Last edited by PrplHaz4; 13 Jan 2014 at 09:34. Reason: whitespace was deleted for some reason?

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    I wonder if they actually deleted migwiz in 8.1? Look here: %windir%\system32\migwiz\migwiz.exe

    If it's there it may still run. If not you can try adding it. I just zipped up %windir%\system32\migwiz as W8migwiz.zip. Currently uploading to my Dropbox account. If you want to try it, download from here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1b8rabjupy59pmz/W8migwiz.zip

    Edit: Just tried it on my Win 8.1 X86 laptop and %windir%\system32\migwiz is still there and running migwiz.exe brings up the normal WET window, but it seems to only support transferring into 8.1, not from 8.1, bummer.

    Edit#2: tried renaming %windir%\system32\migwiz to %windir%\system32\migwiz-old then unzipping W8migwiz.zip to %windir%\system32\migwiz. Won't run, bummer.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Edit: Just tried it on my Win 8.1 X86 laptop and %windir%\system32\migwiz is still there and running migwiz.exe brings up the normal WET window, but it seems to only support transferring into 8.1, not from 8.1, bummer.
    Ah yes, that was my experience as well - oddly enough I wasn't really a big fan of that tool until I didn't have it anymore! Thanks for checking it out for me.

    I'm a little surprised that copying the profile folder doesn't work, as I'd expect to get more of my settings to come over with ntuser.dat.

    I can't imagine that the "right" solution would be moving Users/*, ProgramData/* and Program Files/* then just reinstalling all my apps....
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