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My computer is acting up, lockups, bluescreens, etc. I haven't reinstalled windows in a while, and the current installation was on completely different hardware. Is there a fairly easy way i can cleanly install windows and keep all of my settings, programs, etc.? By the way, Windows is going on my SSD with a few programs, everything else on my HDD.
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Windows Easy Transfer has an option to save Program Settings and Windows Settings. Unfortunately, the Program Settings doesn't apply to ALL installed programs, but you will be able to see which ones by hovering your mouse over the blue circle that has a lower-case "i" in it. You'll see this once you're given the option to choose what to transfer. All you need to do is click "Customize"

 

So, I'm recommending this:

 

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type windows easy transfer and press Enter
  3. After it opens, you can press Enter again for "Next"
  4. On the next part, click one of the 3 options. If you're using an internal hard drive to put everything onto while you format and start over, then choose "An external hard disk or USB flash drive" because then you'll be given the option to choose a location. It will be like a Save or Save As window.
  5. Select "This is my old computer"
  6. On the next part, click "Customize" once it's done scanning.
  7. Hover your mouse over the blue circle that I mentioned earlier in order to see what programs will be included for the Program Settings

 

Of course, while you're at this part, I recommend customizing it until it's not including anything that you don't want it to include. For example: for me, I'd be excluding everything except for Program Settings and Windows Settings because when I format and start over, everything I want to keep is already on my secondary drive. Tip: click "Advanced" at the bottom of the little window where you're looking at what programs will be included for the Program Settings. This opens up something similar to a Windows Explorer window where you can totally customize what Windows Easy Transfer keeps and what it doesn't. You'll find that even if you deselect everything in the little basic window (the one where you clicked Advanced), you'll still need to click Advanced to come to this pseudo Windows Explorer window to deselect everything else. So, I recommend clicking "Advanced" anyway.

 

The rest should be pretty straight forward, but of course post any questions if you have any.

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When installing to an ssd I believe a fresh install is recommended.
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I had no idea that utility existed. That's a start I guess, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Lanlan View Post

I had no idea that utility existed. That's a start I guess, thanks.

 

You're welcome.

 

It's a surprisingly good one, considering that it's built into Windows! It's rare that I recommend things that are built into Windows, but I definitely recommend this.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

You're welcome.

It's a surprisingly good one, considering that it's built into Windows! It's rare that I recommend things that are built into Windows, but I definitely recommend this.

great suggestion! Personally i always keep the install files of the programs i feel i need for a fresh install, and most of the time they can easily be put on a flash drive. helps a ton when you need to install drivers, AV software, games, etc.

As far as settings go you might try the program that was recommened. or just re-adjust when you decide to reload. should not be that hard.

Hope this helps! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Sparda09 View Post


great suggestion! Personally i always keep the install files of the programs i feel i need for a fresh install, and most of the time they can easily be put on a flash drive. helps a ton when you need to install drivers, AV software, games, etc.

As far as settings go you might try the program that was recommened. or just re-adjust when you decide to reload. should not be that hard.

Hope this helps! thumb.gif

 

It can be hard if you have tons and tons of settings that you've changed and you're not interested in going through all of them again, especially when it's a combination of Windows and Programs settings.

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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #8 of 8
Holy crap, I never heard of that feature. That's what's been keeping me from doing a fresh install again. Hate going through my settings.
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