Here is a complete guide on what to do in order to reset your Windows computer without re-installing Windows and losing your Software installations and files in safe and simple way.
Here is a great and simple tool “Drive Snapshot” If you don’t want to re-install your Windows computer and don’t want to lose your data and files on your computer.
Drive Snapshot helps you to take backup of your windows computer and helps in restoring the backup file when the Windows System is crashed. This tool makes use of the Windows Inbuilt tool Shadow copy Service to restore the backup file after restarting the Windows Computer.
You can complete resetting your windows computer in three simple steps with this Drive Snapshot tool
You can get this software from here for free 30 day trail. After getting this tool run this on your computer with administrator rights.This tool doesn’t require to be installed on your computer so you can directly use this tool without installation.
After Running this tool on your computer hit on the “BackupDisk To file” option and select the Windows partition and also define a path to save the backup copy of your windows disk partition, and you can also take backup of the disk partition by selecting the disk in the second local drive( this is optional). After selecting the disks partition hit on the “Start copy” to take the backup of the drive you have selected. This takes some time depending on the size of the drive and speediness of your computer.
After completing of taking the backup copy of your windows computer you need to restore the computer. In order to restore your computer with the backup file run the “Drive Snapshot” on your computer and select the “Restore Disk from file” option and hit on the next button to start restoring process when restarted. You can press any key within 10 seconds to cancel the restoring the windows on your computer.
Restoring your computer will take some depending the size of the partition and the speediness of your computer.
Note that: This tool can help you only when you had a backup copy/file of your windows computer.
You are advised to take the backup of your windows at regular intervals.
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Here is one more advanced tool which lets you to backup your Selected files and restore your complete windows system to the earlier status. Genie Timeline lets you to reinstall Windows or restore the Windows without losing your applications.
Lets us Start Working with the Genie Timeline:
You can get the Genie Timeline from here (Official Link)
As soon as you run Genie Timeline on your computer, A new folder will be created on your desktop “Backup free Zone”. If you want to exclude specific files from taking backup you can save them in that folder. Now on the main screen, select an external drive to save and backed up files and data. In free version of Genie Timeline your data will be backed up for every one hour and if you want to take backup of your data in less than one hour you need to get the paid version.
Genie Timeline lets you to select the files and also settings to backup, Genie Timeline backups the e-mails,images,contacts,browser bookmarks, and Microsoft Office files and almost all the types of files and settings on your computer. Genie Timeline backups the files and data you specified for backup automatically in the background i.e when you copy any type file that you have specified in Genie Timeline that file is automatically backed up…!
Genie TimeLine also lets you to see the amount of data backed up and the amount of data available for backup on the drive in a pie chart. If your computer is running out the memory you can delete the previous backups and make space available for the further backups (Make sure that you are going to delete the backups which are not needed any more)
Till now we have seen on how to backup the files on your computer with the Genie Timeline and Now we shall see that how to restore the backup files on your computer.
When you want to restore the data on your computer Go to the Timeline and Hit on the “Restore” Button and then hit on the “Restore from Timeline” to get back the files deleted accidentally from your computer.
When you select this option you will be able to see the windows backups made on time bar with the dates when they are created. You can select any backup copy from the timeline bar by sliding to the date to restore.
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