I have had to reinstall windows a lot. I have learned I needed I nice way to backup my user profile, which contains my settings. the zipped batch file here must be run as Administrator to access %AppData% and %userprofile%. by default it will create DVD-sized backup chunks. it takes a while to backup if you have a lot of emails in thunderbird.


you should know that if you have a multi-volume backup, you should copy those files into 1 directory/folder and run restore-userprofile backupfilename.7z.001

You should close all your programs first before running either program and any notification-area stuff you can "right-click-close/exit".

I am discovering that backing up a user profile is not such an easy idea, since some directories in Windows like %appdata%\Application Data are recursive directories that link to themselves and will never complete a backup. copying or exploring such a directory won't complete either. (unless the company that makes Windows changes something about that directory, I hope)


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backup-userprofile.zip - source and executable (1/15/2015, 5KB)