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What is it?

CloneApp is a free portable and simple backup tool which could save you a lot of time when migrating your software or reinstalling Windows.

lifehacker.com - How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks or just use CloneApp which essentially automates the process.

Whether you’re migrating to a new computer or doing a clean install, life is easier when you take all your settings and tweaks with you.

If you don’t want to do a full backup and restore, CloneApp backs up settings for the most popular Windows programs so you can restore them later.

CloneApp User Interface - Custom Theme file

Run the program as an administrator, and a list of supported applications appear on the left. There are plenty of big names: 7-Zip, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader, BlueStacks, Classic Shell, Gimp, Google Chrome, Google Earth, IrfanView, JDownloaderMicrosoft Office 2010/2013/2016, Vivaldi BrowserVLC Media Player, and a pile of Windows settings (Favorites, Contacts, Firewall and Network folder settings, Start Menu and more).

The idea is that you select the applications you'd like to back up (or click "Select Installed" to run a full backup), then click "Backup" and watch as the files, folders and Registry keys are backed up.

By default the data is saved to a CloneApp folder. If you're saving the data as a backup then you may want to change that - click "Settings" for the relevant setting.

You'll quickly figure out how to restore your settings (select the target applications and click "Restore").

If you like the idea, CloneApp can be extended with Plug-ins, plain text files which define exactly which files, folders and Registry keys the program should preserve.

CloneApp supports about 250 different Windows programs. The complete list can be viewed here.

 

CloneApp is a free and portable program for Microsoft Windows devices to back up preferences, settings and other data of supported applications. CloneApp is highly customizable and can a be extended via "plug-ins", plain text files which define exactly which files, folders and Registry keys the program should preserve.

It requires Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

 

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