Backing up c:\users directory with USMT

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by kiscokid, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. kiscokid

    kiscokid Guest

    I need to re-image my Vista Business laptop with the manufacturer provided
    "reload to factory" image from the system recovery partition. As this will
    completely reformat my hard drive I need to preserve the data in the
    c:\users\username directory or I will lose a lot of work.

    Can I use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to save all this data before
    the re-image and the restore it afterward?

    Is there another tool to do this?

    Simply copying the c:\users directory doesn't seem to work because many of
    these files are "in use" and cannot be copied.
     
    kiscokid, Jan 16, 2008
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  2. You need Windows Easy Transfer for this ... no XP tool will work to gather
    or restore Vista settings.
     
    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Jan 19, 2008
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