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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My SO works for her dad. He has a PC running XP Pro which he uses for his business. The PC has been getting slower and slower and i reckon it needs the OS re-installing. I have backed up all the client files to DVD. Is there any way i can save all the settings/passwords for applications/etc as well?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Most Windows settings will be in the registry, and if you copy a complete dump of that over you'll get a bunch of broken paths and stuff and carry over many of the same problems.

The Firefox profile directory (if he's a Fx user) can be copied, that will contain all the Firefox extensions/settings/passwords. Other apps may use the registry or flat files, depends on the program.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Swallow the pain of having to remember passwords etc, then format and rebuild the entire OS, reinstall just the things he needs, etc - it's all the leftover crap that slows you down and a complete rebuild will set you free...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

music man wrote:
Is there any way i can save all the settings/passwords for applications/etc as well?


If you are using Firefox you can save all of your Firefox settings with THIS.

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FEBE backs up your extensions, themes, bookmarks, preferences, passwords, cookies and just about everything else Firefox offers (it can even backup/restore your entire profile). You can selectively restore only the items you need. For instance, you may just want your bookmarks restored and leave everything else as it was.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What I did recently, and it was well worth it, was to print out all the Firefox passwords.

For this sort of mission-critical PC, I would strongly suggest a new PC. Failing that, back up the contents of every folder on the machine no matter how many DVDs it takes. That way, when he comes back in a couple of days and tells you about a vital file that has disappeared, you'll be able to recover it.

Be warned; there is no up-side to providing free tech-support for family. You get the blame whatever goes wrong, and very little credit if it doesn't.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

thud419 wrote:

Be warned; there is no up-side to providing free tech-support for family. You get the blame whatever goes wrong, and very little credit if it doesn't.


Amen!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks guys. You have confirmed what I suspected. Driver hell awaits!!!

What really hurts is my total antipathy to anything that emanates from Redmond!!!!

Give me linux and a separate partition for /home any day!!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

If you want to save/restore the entire user profile, try the Migration Wizard (Start-->Run-->migwiz). Select a network drive or USB stick as the target. That should take care of everything from documents/pics and program settings to the wallpaper.
Individual app settings can be exported by directing Explorer (Windows Explorer, not the abomination MS call a web browser) to %AppData% (usually C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data). The Firefox profile is in a subdirectory called Mozilla. The corresponding part in the registry should be in HKCU\Software\Company\Product; Registry Editor will let you export the entire tree to a .reg file.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@Bankster

Nice suggestion- I'll definitely give that a go. After all, what have I to lose! ( apart from my remaining hair and (remaining) sanity!!) Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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That's the spirit Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Bankster wrote:
Individual app settings can be exported by directing Explorer (Windows Explorer, not the abomination MS call a web browser) to %AppData% (usually C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data).

For those few programs that still follow that convention. I'm noticing a disturbing trend in apps spamming My Documents with their settings instead. Confused

thud419 wrote:
Be warned; there is no up-side to providing free tech-support for family. You get the blame whatever goes wrong, and very little credit if it doesn't.

QFT.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

You can all so use a program called ping it is a linux based program

http://ping.windowsdream.com/

It creates a ghost image on your hard drive.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Every time I am asked to do free speed up the very slow computer work I throw CCleaner at it.

http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol

Its free and does the job. Run the cleaner and then the registry fix utility. I hit the fix all button but back up the registry just in case. I then show the owner how to run the program on a regular basis so that I do not have to return.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The latest wisdom is that registry cleaning is mostly pointless.
Mark Russinovich wrote:
[E]ven if the registry was massively bloated there would be little impact on the performance of anything other than exhaustive searches (ed. of the registry itself).

I haven't and never will implement a Registry cleaner since it's of little practical use on anything other than Win2K terminal servers and developing one that's both safe and effective requires a huge amount of application-specific knowledge.


In music man's case I would definitely go for the reinstall. It will give better results in the long run, anyway.

[Edit: Forgot the worst-case scenario]

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:34 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Our IT people have locked out registry cleaning and it is true that I have never found an improvement but cleaning out all the junk files kicks butt. It reduces boot up times from 20 minutes to 30 seconds on computers with a boat load of crap in them. Removes traces of baiting too. Running a low level reformat and reinstall of all programs works also. That's what our IT people do every time. Works for them but it drives me crazy.

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