Solved Program to save personal settings?

Acer / Aspire timelinex 5820t
November 1, 2011 at 08:14:06
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium Core i5
Does anyone know of a straightforward way (maybe a standalone piece of software) in which to store all personal settings for things like Office programs and Adobe Creative Suite. I need to do a full reinstall, starting from factory settings, on my laptop - apparently the only way to enable it to accept Windows updates properly.

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#1
November 1, 2011 at 09:39:17
Only way I know (and which I have done) is to re-install everything, get all settings set the way you want them, check everything works properly, then create a complete backup image and save it to a separate drive or partition.

Windows 7 allows you to create a full system image with it's built-in backup tool. No third-party software required.

Control Panel >> Backup and Restore >> Create a system image.

You also need to create a "system repair disc" so you can boot from it to restore everything from the image. That's also in "Backup and Restore"


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#2
November 1, 2011 at 12:59:29
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Wonder if the windows easy transfer program would work?

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#3
November 1, 2011 at 13:54:31
Thanks - I think Easy Transfer might well be the answer (I'm halfway through the job, will report back with any problems). I'd never heard of it before, and there doesn't seem to be much awareness of it out there on the web...

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#4
November 1, 2011 at 13:55:39
I'm not sure what it means that my original question appears to have been "reported" - twice! Did I post it in the wrong place... ? It would be useful to know what the reason is, just so that I don't make the same mistake (if that's what it is) again.

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#5
November 1, 2011 at 14:12:39
Re #4.
Where are you seeing this? It all looks fine to me.
Maybe you had a duplicate post at one time...dunno.


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#6
November 1, 2011 at 14:15:58
Derek: There's a bit no. 2 just above where it says "report" (in red) alongside the main query. On reflection, maybe that refers to the number of answers... ? It's just that I didn't think that could be the case, because at the time there were 4 answers (though including my own responses).

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#7
November 1, 2011 at 14:17:17
And it still says "2", even though there are now at least three replies (including yours).

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#8
November 1, 2011 at 14:57:40
Aha, various things arrive on this website and I don't always keep up with them properly (shame LOL). As I understand it Report is a facilty to report a post (eg offensive, duplicate post, etc). I think the box with the number is nothing to do with this but a method of rating (points added or subtracted with the arrows). Having said that it seems odd, although very nice LOL, that someone has given you two points for your question.

Just in case I am also not understaning this properly I will email the webmaster and ask him if he could look by and explain the situation. Maybe it will result in some change because (if I happen to be right) then merging two features into what looks like one icon could be a tad misleading.


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#9
November 1, 2011 at 15:01:49
That's interesting... I think you're right that it's some sort of rating system. I believe one of those will have been my own (!), so I've really only had one rating. I clicked on the up arrow inadvertently while trying to work out what it meant. I just confirmed by "rating" one of the replies. I tell you what's really unhelpful: the fact that when you hover over one of the arrows, nothing pops up to tell you what the arrows are for...

A minor point, but maybe useful to someone at the site.


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#10
November 1, 2011 at 15:28:01
Hello,

Thanks to Derek for asking me to jump in here.

He is actually correct... The number is the amount of up-votes your posting has received minus the amount of down votes (using the up and down arrows). It has nothing to do with the report button below. That just seemed to me a clear place to put the button, even though not everyone seems to agree now :)

I will implement a tooltip that actually explains to users what those up and down arrows actually do. That should make everything much clearer.

Thank you so much for the feedback!
Justin


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