Every time you switch to a new computer or reinstall the windows, there are chances that you lose all the settings that you have set according to your preferences. It’s a real disaster because you will need to do everything manually again. This is quite frustrating for users like me who has 2-3 workstations, where I need all my data and settings totally identical so, I don’t have to work three times.
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The first thing you have to do is download the clone app. To download click here.
As soon as you install the cloneapp right click on the folder and click on run as administrator.
A screen like below appears.
On the left click on “options”.
Click on browse.
Now tickmark “clone apps in the separate folder”.
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Click clone on the left side of the window.
To see the list of the programs that can be installed on your computer which can be backed up, click “installed”.
To select programs that you want to backup click on “supported”.
To back up all your installed programs that CloneApp supports, click the “Select Installed” link below the list.
To see the preview of folders and files that are going to be backed up click on “What is being backed up?”
The details get listed and if you want to make changes you can do, after that click “start cloneapp”.
A dialog box showing the progress of backup appears as shown below.
When the process is completed a message is displayed on the bottom of the page.
If you are migrating to a new machine, it would be a good idea to save the entire CloneApp directory to a flash drive, cloud storage folder, or somewhere else easily accessible from the new computer.
If we turn off the Clone app in a separate folder, then the backup directory will look like this.
Backing up custom files and folders:
- Click on “custom” on the right side of the cloneapp.
2. Click on “folders”.
3. Now click “browse” on the right.
4. On browse for files and folders dialog box, select the files and folders you want to backup and click “OK”.
5. To add the selected folder click “Add”.
6. Now click on “start backup”.
7. When the process gets completed it will be displayed on the bottom of the page.
The backup folders are copied to the custom folder within specified backup directory.
Restoring the programs and settings on your new computer:
Run CloneApp in administrator mode on the new computer, and click “Restore” in the lower-right corner of the CloneApp window.
As soon as you click restore, the restoration process automatically begins.
When the process gets completed, it will be displayed at the bottom of the window.
Custom will not be included in the restoration process, so they should be manually copied and then backed up.
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