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Can I save my desktop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tony007, Dec 1, 2005.

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  1. tony007

    tony007 Banned Thread Starter

    Jun 17, 2005
    I was thinking if it was possible to save my desktop to a folder and then to a cd. Would I be able to reinstall it after a reformat and have all my ikons working as before or would the registry muck this up. Some of my ikons on my desktop are as follows: spybot,safe share,real arcade,anti-vir,usenext,clone dvd, etc. I have tried saving these to my flash drive and most of them will reinstall but not after a reformat. My os is xp home on a network with xp pro my hard drive is 80gb my cpu 2.4gh memory 256mb.Can anyone tell me how to make a backup without using norton ghost.Thank you. I am asking this as I've reformatted quite often recently due to a problem with system restore I am not the only one with this problem so I wish someone could solve this because I dont like being without system restore which the reformatt fixes for a while but then its back. Its tedius having to reinstall all my programs one by one.Thanks.
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Just copying an icon to the desktop will not make an app run. You must install the app. Instead of ghost, use acronis true image. A much better app for making images of your system.
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    IF you install all of your desktop apps to identical folders, and all of the icons are shortcuts, then you should be able to just copy the folder \Documents and Settings\{user name]/Desktop to a backup, and then restore the items from there.

    The key is that the icons on the desktop are only shortcuts to the actual program. Thus, restoring the icon does nothing, without the corresponding program being installed.
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