Applications and Settings Backup

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Backup scenario

You can easily backup you applications using PickMeApp and your favorite online backup service. To demonstrate applications and settings backup and recovery we chose  Mozy, the most popular backup online service.

At first, you should create a backup job,  schedule it,  and then use Mozy’s online backup to store applications backup remotely.  Thus you will be able to restore you applications and settings in case of any software or/and hardware failure.

Application Backup Script

To create a backup job, first create a windows script file that uses PickMeApp Command Line Interface:

Step 1. Go to folder with the PickMeApp application.
Step 2. Download the RunMe.bat file and save it to the PickMeApp folder.

The RunMe.bat file does the following:

  • Creates the PMAOutput.txt file by running PickMeApp command line
  • Creates the Log folder in MyProBackup folder of the C: drive
  • Creates additional temporary file with applications list
  • Creates a text file with all programs that will be captured by PickMeApp in that moment, with current year, month, and day in its name (for example 20101216.txt) in the Log folder
  • Captures your applications into .tap files. If .tap file was already captured before, script deletes the file and creates a new .tap file for this application. A log of capturing process is created
  • Moves your .tap files into MyProBackup folder
  • Deletes the temporary file

Scheduling Application Backup task


Now you can schedule a task perfuming regular snapshots of installed programs using the RunMe.bat file. We will use a Windows Task Scheduler to do the schedule.


To access Windows Task Scheduler on Windows 7 click Start, point to Control Panel, point to System and Security, point to Schedule tasks in the Administrative Tools, the Task Scheduler dialog appears.


 


Task Scheduler


 


To schedule capturing of your applications do the following:


Step 1.    Click Create Task. On the General tab in the task name, type a name to easily identify you task in future, for example: PickmeappSnaphot.


 


Create task. General


 


Step 2.  On the Triggers tab, click New… select Daily and time and date when you want to start a backup. Click OK. You can select any conditions of your schedule, for example Weekly instead of Daily, and so on.


 


Create task. New trigger


 


Step 3.      On the Action tab, click New… select action Start a program and in Program\script field open the RunMe.bat file using the Browse button. Click OK.


 


Create task. New action


 


If you want to run backup with high priority select Run with highest privileges. Task Scheduler will ask you your password when you confirm the task.


 


Windows credentials


 


As soon as you schedule the task it runs periodically on your PC. The task makes a snapshot  of all programs installed on your PC on that moment.


 


Make Mozy to Store your  Application Backup Remotely


Now you can use Mozy to create online backup of your installed programs snapshots.


Go to the Mozy site, sign in and install the Mozy application.


 


Mozy installation


 


After you install Mozy, enter your credentials here.


 


Sign in


 


You can add the folder with captured applications in two ways:


Step 1.    Select folder you want to backup, open its shortcut menu and select “Add to MozyHome backups”


 



Shortcut menu


 


Step 2.   After you log in:


  •   Go to settings of the MozyHome application on your computer and select folder with the PickMeApp application. Select the Backup Sets tab, right click, and click Add Backup Set.

 

Backup sets

 

  • In the following dialog, type a backup job name, select a folder with PickMeApp application, and click OK. Additionally you can set backup parameters (see Mozy’s help or consult support) and add any folders you want.

 

Backup set. Add job

 

After you add a folder to the backup set,  Mozy starts a periodical backup.

Now all you application are safe and can be easily restored in case of any hardware or/and software failure.

 

Restore scenario

If you want to restore any of your nonfunctional or uninstalled programs you can do the following.

Restore Wrongly Uninstalled Programs

   For uninstalled program perform the following steps:

Step 1. Start PickMeApp application from any location

 

Pickmeapp main window

 

Step 2Add new  PickMeApp profile

  • Click the “Create new profile” button
  • Select a folder with your .tap files (C:\MyProBackup) and click OK. You will see application packages in the right pane of the application

 

Create new profile

 

Step 3. Select an application(s) you want to reinstall and click the Install button.

 

PickMeApp. Installing

 

Now you have installed(restored) your applications and you can start your work.

 

Restore Malfunction programs from Backup

Step 1.  Uninstall or whip up malfunction program using PickMeApp or any other a PC sponge tool from your PC.

Step 2.  Now it is time to use a Mozy backup to recover a snapshot of the program from a date you remember it worked for you. For that:

  • Select a folder with .tap files of your applications
  • In shortcuts menu of this folder select “Restore files in folder” from Mozy option.

 

Shortcut menu

 

  • Mozy opens your folder with TAP files and places shortcuts of previous versions.

 

Restope source

 

  • Select a file(s) you want to restore, right click it (them) and select the Restore command

 

Restore application

 

  • Start PickMeApp application

 

PickMeApp

 

  • Start PickMeApp application
  • Click "Create new profile"
  • Select a folder with your .tap files (C:\MyProBackup) and click OK. You will see application packages in the right pane of the application

 

Create profile

 

  • Select an application(s) you want to repair(reinstall) and click the Install button.

 

PickMeApp. Installing

 

Now you have installed(restored) your applications and you can start your work.

Backup is better than saving an image?!?

bruce.fraser.1
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Joined: 2014-07-02
Backup is better than saving an image?!?

Surely you are not serious!
Are you suggesting that doing this complicated backup process is better than making an image of the Windows partition?
When the computer crashes:
* How long will it take to restore this kind of backup? (hours perhaps?) An image restores in about 20 minutes, depending on size of partition.
* Does this backup system come with a bootable drive, in case the computer doesn't work? (Many imaging programs include that.)
Most highly recommended imaging programs:
1) AOMEI Backupper: http://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html
2) Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

Backup better than saving an image?!?

bruce.jane.fraser
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Joined: 2012-07-18
Backup better than saving an image?!?

Surely you are not serious!
Are you suggesting that doing this complicated backup process is better than making an image of the Windows partition?
When the computer crashes:
* How long will it take to restore this kind of backup? (hours perhaps?) An image restores in about 20 minutes, depending on size of partition.
* Does this backup system come with a bootable drive, in case the computer doesn't work? (Many imaging programs include that.)
Most highly recommended imaging programs:
1) AOMEI Backupper: http://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html
2) Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

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