Backup files does not backup EXE files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Peter Meinl, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Peter Meinl

    Peter Meinl Guest

    Vista files backup does not backup .EXE files (and other file types). This
    is a documented "feature".
    Does anybody understand the rationale behind this and how to come up with a
    usable backup scheme.

    My problem is that many of the files I want to protect with backup are .exe
    files (e.g. tool downloads, .exes I create) and are not suitable for an
    image backup.
    Peter Meinl, Nov 29, 2006
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    Tim Guest

    The Vista backup will not be usable for many people. Unless and until
    Microsoft revises their backup program, your only option is a Complete PC
    Backup, or a third party app.
    Tim, Nov 29, 2006
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  3. ..exe files are not really 'files'; they are programs. I suppose the
    rationale is that 'files' are things that the products of using the

    You really ought to have installer files and such like on a seperate
    partition from all your files. You can backup this partition with Acronis
    TrueImage or the like.

    Synapse Syndrome, Nov 29, 2006
  4. or just put your downloaded utils in a common folder, and schedule a task to
    archive them. So it's not as clean as letting backup do it all, but it's
    included with the OS.

    Rich Milburn [MVP], Nov 30, 2006
  5. Fyi, the workaround is to add the .exes to a .zip file and select the
    Compressed Files option.

    I have passed your feedback on to the Backup team.
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Nov 30, 2006
  6. Peter Meinl

    Peter Meinl Guest

    @Jill: please forward this additional information to the backup team:

    What Vista backup does comes close to my standard backup scheme:

    My backup scheme is:
    Separate partitions for System and Data
    (with Vista I force \users to Data\users using the \unattend switch of
    Manual image backups of System after important changes.
    Automatic weekly full file backups of Data using rolling filenames (Ex:
    Automatic daily differential backups of Data using rolling filenames (Ex:

    With Vista I did a manual "Backup computer".
    Configured automatic daily "Backup files".
    Manually changed the scheduled task to wake computer (to force backups to
    run at night).

    If Vista only would allow me to backup all(!) file types (including .exe,
    ....) everything would be fine.
    Without this feature it is absolutely unusable for me.
    Peter Meinl, Dec 1, 2006
  7. Peter, I have passed this and your newer comment about waking up to back up
    to the product team.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Dec 4, 2006
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    Varun Pandey Guest

    Rename .exe files as .txt

    you can try
    ren *.exe *.txt

    its a workaround but at least it works.
    After a restore you can always rename is back using

    ren *.txt *.exe
    Varun Pandey, Dec 5, 2006
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