1. You can try with Microsoft's Easy Transfer for settings and files. No apps will be saved. Just like before.
About 2. It was about 1995 that Microsoft pretty much changed it all where we can't copy apps/programs around. 20 years later folk still want that back.
I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 per the Microsoft Plan. My computer is running slooowly. I'd like to try a fresh format and install of Windows 10. I have the Windows 10 pro setup on a flash drive and don't expect any major problems.
However, it's been some time since I've stripped a hard drive and started over. My main concern is having to re-install all my software. This includes things like Office 2007, through all the little helpful downloads I've made over the years.
I'd think that by now there would be some way to mirror the software settings I currently have, without having to re-install all the software one application at a time.
Currently, my daily backup is home brew, using RoboCopy in a scheduled task. I am open to using any kind of mirror, but I'd need instructions.
So my questions boil down to 2.
1. Is it possible to automatically recreate my software settings on the new drive?
2. Am I doomed to re-install all of my software? This would take weeks.
Thanks for your thoughts. -fb