Monday, 29 September 2014

How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS

Reinstalling or Installing New windows Operating System(OS) without losing the previously Installed Applications on your PC: 4 ways

How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS  in 4 simple ways via Computers and Apps guide and manual
Reinstalling Windows  & restoring previously Installed apps in 4 ways
Be it a Technology Geek or a regular Windows or Mac user the one thing that has always gotten on everyone's nerves for at least once is the fact that you have to reinstall all your previously installed applications when installing a New windows OS or just reinstalling the old one for a complete system cleanup while formatting your System. In fact 90% of the time it's a tedious work while for a few it's just the fun part of installing a new OS version forgetting the immediate next installation of new and old apps which take a heck lot of time apart from installation of the new OS itself.In this tutorial you will learn how to restore your previously installed apps on your new installed OS in 4 simple ways.

Instructions to Follow

  1. Backing up and Restoring Applications with "SymMover"

    Reinstalling each individual app installed on previous windows can be a tedious work but how about we shift our favorite third party apps on to the non-windows directory and later shifting them back to the working windows directory after the windows or Mac OS formatting? Sounds cool right! And guess what you don't have to do this manually, all thanks to the software "SYMMOVER" which automatically moves your chosen apps to the non-windows directory and than back to the windows drive in the reinstalled OS.

    All you have to do is download and Install SymMover Software on your system and than open the application to start moving your Installed applications from Windows directory to non-windows directory by using the arrow buttons in the vertical menu to move the applications.
    How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS via using symmover to move apps to non-windows directory
    Using SymMover to move Apps to non-windows directory
    Beware not to move Windows or Mac default programs and applications as they get installed automatically when reinstalling the windows OS and SymMover too won't be able to move them either and also the software won't be able to move apps which require an administrative privilege or a key or authentication when installing like an Adobe product that your purchased and SymMover automatically displays such moves with a failed move of the file by showing the status bar of the file in red.
    After moving all your necessary files format your windows drive and reinstall the SymMover software to move back the shifted apps from non-windows directory back to the working windows directory or you can just leave them like that and create shortcuts for the applications to the desktop as all the data and functioning still works the same as in the old windows OS.
  2. Restoring Apps from System Backup or Recovery Image files

    Now days almost all PC's or laptops come with an additional backup or recovery software from the manufacturer which usually are there to restore the installed drives and extensions required by the system. However most of the windows and Mac OS also come in with the similar functioning which can backup your files from a chosen drive and store it whenever you wish to use and the other popular one is the recovery image which usually is like a restore point for a particular drive chosen and then restoring them back at will using an external USB, hard disk, DVD or a non-windows drive where the recovery image is stored.
    How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS via creating application backups in windows with back up wizard
    Creating Application backups in Windows with Back up wizard
    All you have to do is go to "Back up your Files" option in "Controls Panel" menu in Windows 7 & 8.1 or below while Mac users need to create backups using command prompts. In the backup wizard you get to make either a system Image or Recovery disc so shift your required apps and choose any of them wisely and store it on an external device or non-window partition. After formatting boot your system with the image or backup disc using F12 or F2 function buttons during booting and choose the correct boot option to boot your windows (CD/DVD Drive) and using the "System Recovery Option" restore your files back to the desired hard disk.
    How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS via restoring apps and data with System Recovery Options
    Restoring Apps and data with System Recovery Options
    However beware of the fact that Recovery image files usually cover the entire hard disk and on restore everything previously present gets automatically formatted with the image restore of the previous version. Also in case you are on windows 8 then it's backup options are hidden and one is forced to use cmd prompts however you can solve this easily by installing a third party app called RecImg which gives the direct path to the backup program.
  3. Using Portable Apps via USB Flash Drive (No Installation or Restoration Required)

    USB flash drives are the best ways of making your favorite software applications available to you at any time you want and most of all you don't need any restoration or recovery as they are readily available, all you have to do is plug them to your PC or laptop and there you have all your apps already installed and running.
    How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS via using portable apps in usb flash drives
    Using Portable Apps in USB flash drives
    All you have to do is install your apps on your USB Flash drive instead of installing them on your windows or local hard disk by changing the location of the app installation path to the plugged in USB drive and they will be readily available to use on any PC or laptop, however make sure to install a good Antivirus as well or create a backup file of your flash drive on Google Drive or Dropbox so in case something goes wrong you always have a way of restoring them back again.
  4. Installing Multiple Apps at a Time with Ninite (Works for Mobile Apps and OS)

    While Method-3 of using Flash drive make things almost instant while eliminating the need for any restoration or installations, it doesn't always work for devices with no room for USB ports as a result the apps are no longer portable again. However there is way and especially when you want to install multiple apps at a time to save the time which has been the main target behind this article and that's when the savior Ninite appears which does the same thing and most of all a clean and fresh install of your favorite third party apps.
    How to Restore Installed Apps on Reinstalled windows OS via installing multiple apps at a time with ninite
    Installing and Updating Multiple Apps at a time with Ninite
    All you have to do is go to and choose your required applications to be installed on your reinstalled windows OS and click "Get Installer" to download the Ninite software which will automatically install all your chosen apps at a time and will also update them when opened again at a later time. Ninite also works for mobile OS like on Android, Iphone, Ipad and more however fails when it comes to installing your purchased apps.
Altogether the Method-4 of using Ninite wins on all devices followed by Method-3 of using USB flash Drive which doesn't require any installation at all and then followed by Method-1 of using SymMover which moves your apps and data while Method-2 of creating backups and restore image files are considered one of the most confusing methods for users especially analysts and business professionals who use them regularly and being quite confusing they switch to paid options. Also if you are not going for a clean install then prefer "upgrade" option instead of "Custom" while installing the windows which will restore old programs under the title "Old Windows". Anyways hope this Howto made things much easier and flexible for you in restoring old installed apps on your reinstalled windows OS :)