How to Backup Programs Before Reinstalling Windows 10/11 [3 Quick Ways]

Want to backup programs before reinstalling Windows 10 or Windows 11? Read this article and find ways to back up programs before reinstalling Windows 10. You can use professional file backup software to back up your files, disks, and partitions on Windows computer.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Do I Need to Backup Programs Before Reinstalling Windows

Windows is a great operating system, but sometimes it can be a little buggy with serious booting problems like getting Windows ready stuck, system crash, no bootable device, etc. If you are having issues with your computer, the best solution may be to reinstall Windows 10.

However, when we reinstall the system, the files and programs on the system disk will be formatted and lost. Therefore, backing up your programs and files is necessary to ensure that your essential data is secure in case something goes wrong during installation.

This post will discuss whether you can back up installed programs and software on Windows 10 and how to back up programs before reinstalling Windows 10 or 11. In addition, we provide step-by-step guides on how to do it!

How to Backup Programs Before Reinstalling Windows 10/11 with File Backup Software

If you're planning to reinstall Windows 10 or the latest Windows 11, it's always a good idea to back up programs first. Then, you can restore them after the re-installation is complete.

Several ways are possible to back up programs on Windows. One is to use a PC backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup Home. This software can create an image of your entire hard drive, including your programs. This image can be stored on an external hard drive or network location.

Highlights and special functions of EaseUS backup software are:

  • Back up disks, partitions, and files smartly and restore them quickly
  • Excellent clone features allow for system and disk clone 
  • Back up systems, boot partitions, and program files securely 
  • Back up files to various devices, including network shared location, USB Drive, clouds, etc.

To backup programs with EaseUS Todo Backup, follow the steps below. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Create Backup" on the home page, click "Select backup contents".

create system backup step1

Step 2. Among the four available categories, click "OS" to start back up.

create system backup step2

Step 3. The system partition will be automatically selected, you only need to select the location.

create system backup step3

Step 4. Local Drive, Cloud, and NAS are available for you to save the backup file. You can also connect an external hard drive to preserve the system backup files.

create system backup step5

Step 5. You can customize the settings in "Options" at the left bottom. After that, click "Backup Now", and the process will begin.

create system backup step 5

*After finishing the backup process, you can check the backup status, recover, open, or delete the backup by right-clicking the backup task on the left.

How to Backup Program with Windows Built-in Tool

Windows 10 backup and restore is an embedded utility that allows users to back up and restore files through a system image. You can use this tool to backup programs to avoid data loss.

Here's how:

Step 1. Search for and open the Control Panel on your computer and go to "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

backup and restore Windows 7

Step 2. Click "Create a system image" on the screen.

create a system image

Step 3. Select the destination where you want to save the backup image on the next screen. It's usually best to keep it on an external hard drive or USB flash drive.

choose a backup device

Step 4. Choose "Include a system image of drives" option and click "Next".

Step 5. On the next screen, you'll be able to select which drives you want to include in the backup image. By default, only the drive that Windows is installed on will be selected. If you have multiple drives, make sure to select them all.

choose system disk to back up

Step 6. Once you've made your selections, click "Next" and the backup process will begin. Depending on the size of your hard drive, the backup process takes a while.

start backup

Once the backup is complete, you'll have a full image of your programs and data that can be restored later if needed.

How to Backup Programs Before Reinstalling Windows 10 with Export-and-Import Tool

Another way to back up programs on Windows is to use a program's export feature. Many programs have this feature, which allows you to save your settings and data in a file. You can import the files into the same or another program after reinstalling Windows 10.

To export a program's settings:

Step 1. Open the program and look for an "Export" or "Backup" option in the File menu.

Step 1. Select the option and choose where to save the exported file. Make sure to remember this location.

Step 1. After exporting the file, you can reinstall Windows 10.

Step 1. Once the re-installation is complete, open the program and look for an "Import" or "Restore" option in the File menu.

Step 1. Select the option and choose the exported file. This will restore your program's settings and data.

Back Up Programs Before FAQs Reinstalling Windows 10 FAQs

Get additional information on program backup before reinstalling Windows.

Will I lose my programs if I reinstall Windows?

YES, the files and programs on the system disk will be lost if you reinstall the operating system. So we recommend that you back up programs before Windows re-installation.

How do I reinstall Windows without losing programs?

To reinstall Windows without losing programs, you can first back up them if the system runs appropriately. Then, if your computer can't boot with crucial programs and data, don't worry. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE edition to restore data and files from an unbootable computer. This way, you can save all your data and reinstall Windows without data loss.

How do I back up my Windows programs?

The quickest way to back up your programs on your disk is taking professional disk backup software:

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

Step 2. Choose disk backup to back up the system disk.

Step 3. Restore your system disk with programs whenever you need them.

How do I reinstall Windows 10 and keep everything?

If you want to keep your personal files and settings but get rid of all the bloatware and junk that came with your PC, then you can do a clean install of Windows 10 with the "Reset this PC" feature. This will give you a fresh installation of Windows 10, but it will also preserve your personal files and settings. Link to the post: tips for clean install windows 10 without losing data.

EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup is a dependable and professional data backup solution capable of backing up files, folders, drives, APP data and creating a system image. It also makes it easy to clone HDD/SSD, transfer the system to different hardware, and create bootable WinPE bootable disks.

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