Will restore effect current Windows install?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by agentjk, Apr 18, 2007.

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  1. agentjk

    agentjk Registered Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    I had a problem with some software, and needed to reinstall Windows. I created a full backup with TI 10, and then performed a clean install of Windows. All I would like to restore is the apps, and their data from the backup. Can I do this? And if I restore the whole thing will it change Windows back to before I performed the reinstall?
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    If you restore the "whole thing" as you put it, then, yes, the drive will be back to the way it was before your clean reinstall of Windows.

    You can't selectively "install" apps from a backup image. You'll need to reinstall the apps. If you need data files or apps that don't need the registry (a dying breed) then you can mount (or explore) the backup image in Windows and just copy the files to the hard drive.

    A good practice is to make a clean install and then install the apps you use and get everything working the way you want, latest updates, drivers, etc. and then do another complete backup. That way you can restore to a "clean" install of Windows, but it's already customized the way you want.
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello agentjk,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please be aware that as MudCrab said when you restore disk/partition image all the data stored on the restored (target) partition will be replaced by the image data.

    Please also have a look at this previous post of mine regarding backing up/restoring applications only.

    Thank you.
    Aleksandr Isakov
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