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Freshly reinstalling Windows you lose a lot of settings. Even if you have backup finding out and restoring these settings is tedious. Is there a software that backs up and restores these automatically?

  • Hosts file

    %WINDIR%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    
  • Environment Variables

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Environment
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment
    
  • Run dialog box history

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU
    
  • CMD.exe font/layout options, etc.

  • Quick Access Toolbar

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Ribbon
    
  • Quick Access Folder items

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms
    
  • Folders views (list, details, etc.) for different folder types (General items, documents, etc.)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Settings
    
  • VPN settings

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk
    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk
    
  • Power Plan settings

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
    
  • What version of Windows? Does Windows Easy Transfer copy too much information over? – Paul Nijjar Sep 1 '16 at 2:27
  • @PaulNijjar Windows 10. It seems Windows Easy Transfer is discontinued, there's a third party tool now called Laplink PCmover Express provided by MS, but it's a "transfer" tool and requires 2 PCs to be connected simultaneously which doesn't work for me as I was only reinstalling windows on my single PC. I prefer a backup/restore solution. Also it doesn't let me choose, or even show me what settings it's going to transfer. – laggingreflex Sep 1 '16 at 5:50

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