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    Question What's worth updating in AppData?

    %userprofile%\AppData contains lots and lots of stuff. Is any of it worth backing up? Will anything break if I restore the visible folders in my home folder (%userprofile%), but don't restore anything in AppData?

    The question pertains to Win7, but I assume Win10 is functionally similar. Someone please correct me if I am wrong on that.
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    Bill, your regular image of C: will take care of it. It contains settings & configs for your programs, so you definitely want it, and you want it matching your installed programs.

    I suppose you could do a standard backup of it, but why complicate things? Just do the one image of C:, and do normal backups of the other drives.
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    I don't do a full image backup very often. My strategy is to back up daily or whenever I shut down my computer, whichever is more frequent, but just my data, not a full image. Given that strategy, what 's essential in Appdata? I don't care if some program forgets its last window position.
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    IMO, if you are doing it manually yourself backup your whole user profile.
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    I've done dozens of restores for people and the only files that I've determined are needed for the restores I've done are related to Outlook.
    Older versions store the nk2 file there, newer ones store the stream_autocomplete file there.
    I set my file backup software to include that Appdata folder.

    I guess it's possible other programs I've not encountered store something important there.
    Last edited by Vincenzo; 2018-04-17 at 13:12.

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    Many programs store data in APPDATA, local mail programs are a common source. I backup my Thunderbird data from APPDATA independently of my image backups.

    cheers, Paul

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