That whatever you backed up would come back. Many want a clean install to get rid of what damage the OS took over the years.
But apps that were working at the time of the image should work again.
The issue of backing up just the apps started in 1995. Since them we know we should install apps.
I am running Windows XP Professional.
I have been backing up my Data and Program files religously for several years.
I recently performed a cold operating system install. When I restored the backups I found that none of my programs ran. I believe this is because they needed to be Installed no copied back to the hard disk. After going through the pain of reinstalling them they run fine.
If I had used a disk imaging program whould this problem have gone away?
I have read several articles on imaging but none address this question.
Any advice or clarification will be appreciated.