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  1.    16 Apr 2015 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    Windows 10

    Back-up settings when upgrading from build to build on Windows 10


    Hi guys,
    My Windows 10 Technical Preview (old build) is giving me warnings and rebooting my pc so i want to upgrade to 10041 or 10049 build. Is there any method to save my settings, programs etc? I have personalized taskbar, start menu, registry and a ton of programs. Can i keep all of them once i change to a newer build?
    20 mins to install windows and 2 days to modify everything to my liking and i don't want to go through that again. Please help me.
    Thank you very much.
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  2.    16 Apr 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 18,303
    Windows 10

    If you are signed in with an MS account I would expect most of those settings to be backed up (check the settings app for onedrive syncing, should be toggles for backing up settings), downside is it wont work for desktop programs, just store ones

    When I was using the earlier builds, with the other style menu, it restored all my settings from my 8.1 backup, so I had 10 and 8.1 looking virtually the same, no new setting up to do
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  3.    16 Apr 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 729
    win 7 dual boot / 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgul19 View Post
    Hi guys,
    My Windows 10 Technical Preview (old build) is giving me warnings and rebooting my pc so i want to upgrade to 10041 or 10049 build. Is there any method to save my settings, programs etc? I have personalized taskbar, start menu, registry and a ton of programs. Can i keep all of them once i change to a newer build?
    20 mins to install windows and 2 days to modify everything to my liking and i don't want to go through that again. Please help me.
    Thank you very much.
    Maybe I am wrong but I think when your build upgrades to 10041 then it will take all or most of your setting along just like it did when you upgraded from Win 8. The start menu is going to change in the newer builds.
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  4.    16 Apr 2015 #4
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Greece/Athens
    Posts : 108
    windows 8.1

    The start menu will change, as expained here.

    Solved Resize start menu - Windows 10 Forums

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Maybe I am wrong but I think when your build upgrades to 10041 then it will take all or most of your setting along just like it did when you upgraded from Win 8. The start menu is going to change in the newer builds.
    Maybe I am wrong too, but if we think it as upgrade from Windows 8.1 then you can keep all your Windows settings, personal files, and most apps. But Brink doesnt expain what is happening when upgrading from older build of windows 10 to a new one (or I havent found it yet).
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  5.    16 Apr 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by jisr7 View Post
    The start menu will change, as expained here.

    Solved Resize start menu - Windows 10 Forums



    Maybe I am wrong too, but if we think it as upgrade from Windows 8.1 then you can keep all your Windows settings, personal files, and most apps. But Brink doesnt expain what is happening when upgrading from older build of windows 10 to a new one (or I havent found it yet).
    When I've upgraded from Win8.1 to Win10 all of my programs/apps and settings were kept.
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  6.    16 Apr 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jun 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro

    If you do the upgrade and not a clean install you should be fine. I would recommend that you backup anything you don't want to lose. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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  7.    16 Apr 2015 #7
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    That's what i want to do, upgrade the build to the newest one but it doesn't seem to work. In Control Panel => Windows Updates it only finds security updates. In PC Settings => Update and recovery in Preview builds it says "No new preview build was found, please try again later". That's why i was asking how to back up my files, because probably i won't have any choice but to do a clean install from a usb stick. I just wish i knew why it doesn't work to just upgrade.
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  8.    16 Apr 2015 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Are you set to the fast track in windows update?
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  9.    17 Apr 2015 #9
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Are you set to the fast track in windows update?
    I didn't have that option and the windows updates were turned off and couldn't modify it (weird).

    I downloaded the iso build 10041 and installed it from the current build, i didn't do a clean install. I installed it over the one i had and it had the option to save files and settings so now i'm back to normal.
    Thank you for the answers.
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  10.    17 Apr 2015 #10
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 729
    win 7 dual boot / 10

    Nazgul19
    Very good. Thanks for telling us how you solved your problem. You should be able to do the same when the newer build drops in the future. Enjoy
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