Windows 10 1909 - How to copy Windows settings to a new install ?

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    Windows 10 1909

    Windows 10 1909 - How to copy Windows settings to a new install ?


    I'm a first time Windows 10 user who have recently installed it on one of my PC's. I have spent countless days configuring Windows 10 and I'm wondering if I can make a backup of all the settings from:

    • Windows Settings App

    • Control Panel

    • Group Policy

    then upon Windows 10 reinstallation restore them again ?

    I have another PC on which I need to install a fresh Windows 10 and I don't have both the patience and time to spend countless days again to configure Windows 10 for the second time. Is there any application that will allow me to copy over all above listed settings ? If not, at least I would like to copy all the settings from Windows Settings App.

    I don't believe that there is no way to do it, if Microsoft Account can copy Windows Settings over then I'm pretty sure that there must be some type of way or a file where I can copy and replace it in order to restore Windows settings. Windows 10 is a privacy hell so no, I won't be using Microsoft Account for any syncing as I don't trust it. I have also heard about a tool caled TransWiz but I don't know which Settings it backsup.

    I think that final option if there is absolutely no way to carry over the mentioned settings, is to clone the Windows 10 over to another SSD, uninstall all the drivers and do Sysprep but I heard that even then Windows 10 might not carry over all the settings and the user environment properly.

    I have tried to find a solution for a few days already but it seems impossible to do and makes me very frustrated with Windows 10 as I mostly have negative experience with this Operating System. Also, on the side of things, this whole Windows 10 is ridiculous, at the same time that I have spent on configuring it, my Windows 7 install would be done a long time ago. The only difference I see is that Windows 10 is bloated into oblivion and have the ability to auto adapt to a new hardware without re-installation.

    Any advice is appreciated.
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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Suggest you have a look at PCMover's Laplink Express
    Laplink(R) - Trusted Worldwide

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    Windows 10 1909
    Thread Starter

    dalchina said:
    Suggest you have a look at PCMover's Laplink Express
    I'm looking for something that can be used Offline to just restore all the settings back by running the program again on another machine and loading a file which will contain all the settings so that way I can just use USB on any machine and just restore it.

    When I checked the mentioned software, it looks like it requires some type of connection to be active so I presume both machines need to be active on the same network. Also, this looks more like some imaging tool like Norton Ghost which is not what I'm looking for.
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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Thank you for your reply.

    Good luck.
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  5. Posts : 35,491
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    See this- make make your options with this clearer. You have choices as to what you transfer.

    Feature Overview – Laplink(R)

    Otherwise have a look at what Easeus Todo PCTrans offers.
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2

    You can also make a Clone Image file using clone software like Macrium Reflect. Booting off of the Macrium USB Rescue media you created and save the image file to a USB HDD. On the other computer, boot off of the Macrium USB rescue media, and restore your saved image file. each computer will be identical with the Windows OS, Programs and Files.
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