|By Ed on Saturday, October 19, 2002 - 12:10 pm:|
I am getting a new computer and would like to save time installing the programs that I have installed on the old computer. I would like to backup and restore them. When I go to programs I see other files besides the installed programs. Should I just backup the programs and restore them or backup everything in the progams folder?
|By dreuby on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 12:56 pm:|
Not all the files for a program will be in the program folder - many programs also install files to the Windows system directory, to the shared files directory, to the drivers directory - in short, anywhere they think you won't look!
I had to re-install Windows recently, and although my second hard drive was intact, I had to re-install many programs on it because the stuff they'd put in the Windows directories had gone.
The only safe way is to re-install programs rather than copying them, unless the program documentation actually tells you that it doesn't update system, Windows, etc.
|By Anonymous on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 01:04 pm:|
In preparing for a move, what should I do to back up my files, programs and system, prior to unplugging?
|By dreuby on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 02:28 pm:|
Are you moving to a new PC, or moving your PC to a new house?
Make sure you've backed up all the data, twice if you have time (just in case one of the backups turns out to be faulty!) Don't forget - passwords and logons for the web, for any programs that need it. Don't forget to backup your email.
Something I forgot when I changed PC's - my favourites! You can export them to a floppy disk, and copy them back if you're moving to a new PC.
Make sure you've got installation disks for everything, or copies of the programs if they've been downloaded from the net.
Or do you want to know about how to backup stuff?
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