Windows 10: How to backup programs for clean installation

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  1. How to backup programs for clean installation


    I plan on doing a clean install of Windows however, as I have limited time and slow internet speed, downloading all the programs again that I currently have would be extremely difficult and time-consuming. How do I backup all of my programs so that I can just restore them after clean installing?

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    djdelarosa25, May 14, 2017
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  2. How to backup and clean install?

    Hi,

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    Syed Md Bilal, May 14, 2017
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  3. How to backup and clean install?

    Hi Lorantique,

    Thank you for showing interest in Windows 10.

    I appreciate you for providing details about the issue and we are happy to help you.

    Please be informed that, if you are upgrading from genuine Windows 7 (SP1)/8.1 then the Windows 10 makes use of those product keys. If you are performing clean installation of the Windows 10 then you will have to purchase the product key.



    Note: You may need external hard drive to back up the data.

    I would suggest you to refer to the following Microsoft article on How to perform a clean installation of Windows for Windows 8.1.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-8/clean-install

    I would recommend you to refer to the section: How to perform a clean installation of Windows from the following Microsoft article on
    Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool for Windows 10.

    Windows 10 herunterladen

    Reference: Refer to the following Wiki article created by J W Stuart on
    How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10 Preview.

    How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10 Preview

    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows. We are glad to assist you.

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    Harshavardhan Rathod, May 14, 2017
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  4. AddRAM Win User

    How to backup programs for clean installation

    Don`t think you can.

    Why don`t you have the installers ?
     
    AddRAM, May 14, 2017
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  5. Berton Win User
    That's the biggest problem with streaming installers, doesn't save the setup files to the computer. Whenever possible [usually always] I do the Save or Save As to enable retaining the files for reuse later.

    Installing Windows-based programs entails a couple of things, one is the decompressing [where needed] of the files needed to run the program, installing support files in Windows, creating the icons in the menus or on the desktop and the most critical, creating Registry entries so Windows knows how to run the programs. This process is also the reason one cannot simply copy the programs' Folders to another computer.
     
    Berton, May 14, 2017
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  6. RolandJS Win User
    That situation, which happened to me long ago, is exactly why I save almost all of the install EXEs, MSIs, ZIPs, etc. on my Data partition. Going forward, do you plan on making routine OS and Data partition full image backups onto external media? Sometimes a good ol' restore trumps a clean reinstall and successive 3rd party programs reinstall.
     
    RolandJS, May 14, 2017
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  7. mrgeek Win User
    "I save almost all of the install EXEs, MSIs, ZIPs, etc. on my Data partition"

    There's something to the saying that "Great minds think alike' *Smile
    I put all my installers for every program on my computer on a partition and sync it to an external hdd in case of hard drive crash. I have many old programs, some dating back 20 yrs, no longer out there and some mfr bloatware that I uninstalled but may one day use. Also, have older versions that work better than current updated versions. I don't delete any until I've installed and tested 'upgrades'.
    I go so far as to even download things like Firefox or Skype that auto update within themselves and copy the latest Windows 10 ISO in case I need an in place repair. It's better to have and not need than to need and not have.
     
    mrgeek, May 14, 2017
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  8. How to backup programs for clean installation

    Is there a way to make an executable out of currently installed programs?

    Everything else that I have can be easily downloaded. The problem is with my Adobe suite. These programs are huge.

    Also, if I do a clean install and install Windows on Drive C and my programs and data go on Drive D, will performing a clean install in the future on the C partition keep the programs on Drive D useable? Or do I need to reinstall them again?
     
    djdelarosa25, May 14, 2017
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  9. cereberus Win User
    Sure you can but it will cost you - not cheap. e.g.

    zinstall, easeus pctrans, laplink pcmover.

    OP - why not do a repair upgrade - this reinstalls OS but keeps everything. Worth trying before a clean install.
     
    cereberus, May 14, 2017
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  10. I wanna do a clean install to make Windows run efficiently again, even though my OS is already optimized. I just want everything to feel fresh again.
     
    djdelarosa25, May 14, 2017
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  11. cereberus Win User
    What makes you think a fresh install will help?

    Fresh installs are only needed if you have issues. If you regularly maintain pc eg disk cleanups, uninstall stuff not needed etc, then clean installing will not really benefit you. Days when you needed registry cleaners etc are long gone.

    Are you having issues or are you just using 'last decade' mantra?
     
    cereberus, May 14, 2017
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  12. fdegrove Win User
    Hi,

    There's a hidden/protected folder named "Installer" as a subfolder of the Windows folder that contains the installers of all the programs adhering to MS's .msi standard which you can use to reinstall them should you want to.

    Cheers, *Wink
     
    fdegrove, Apr 5, 2018
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