By AOMEI / Last Updated September 10, 2020

Why backup installed programs in Windows 10/7?

If you ever reinstalled a version of Windows operating system, you know how tedious the job is. Actually, Windows OS can be quickly installed using installation disc or USB drive as the bootable media. However, installing all programs and applications again and configuring them to our liking requires much time and patience.

Therefore, backing up installed programs in Windows 10/8/7 should be taken as an important part of backup strategy. Just think about this, if you suddenly have a Windows failure or other problems, and you need to reinstall Windows. During the process of reinstalling, you’ll miss all the programs installed on your system. If you have a backup copy of programs, you can easily restore them without reinstalling them one by one.

Besides, when you buy a new computer and want to transfer installed programs from the old computer to the new one, if you have an image backup, you can restore all the programs once for all.

Way 1: Backup installed programs via Windows built-in tool

To create Windows 10/8/7 APPs and programs backup, you can use Windows backup and restore tool. Next, I will walk you through every detailed step to backup installed programs and applications with Windows backup and restore tool. As the default location of programs and applications is system partition, you can create a system image backup. If there is any problem, you can use programs and application after performing system restore.

Step 1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking Start->Control Panel-> System and Security -> Backup and Restore. Or, you can open Backup and Restore by typing “backup and restore” in the Search box. After open Backup and Restore, click Create system image in the left panel.

Create a System Image

Step 2. Specify where you want to save the backup.

Save the Backup

Tip: If you want to backup programs and applications to USB drive, you have to prepare a larger capacity USB with its free space at least be equal to 64GB in size. Otherwise, you will receive an error message which says: The drive is not a valid backup location.

Step 3. Confirm your backup information and click Start Backup.

It’s pretty easy with this method. However, Windows built-in backup and restore tool has its inherent limitation.

For example, as incremental backup is not supported, a scheduled full backup will take you much space. Besides, Windows built-in Backup and Restore tool can only backup volumes formatted with NTFS. What’s more, it will not transfer systems and programs to a dissimilar hardware.

Therefore, if you want to have a better backup experience and a more flexible choice, you can use powerful AOMEI backupper.

Way 2: Backup installed programs via AOMEI Backupper

Programs and application backup software for PC

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a trust and reliable backup and restore software with many powerful features. You can backup the newly added files by creating incremental backup which will save you much space. The awesome part is you can restore to a dissimilar hardware. When you buy a new dissimilar hardware computer, you can transfer system and programs without efforts.

This software supports NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2, EXT3 and other file systems detected by Windows. And it can be used in Windows 10/8/7/VISA/XP. Besides, it supports various storage devices including internal hard disks, external hard drives, SSD, USB flash drives, thumb drives, CD/DVD, network share, NAS, cloud drive desktop apps, Hardware RAID and virtual machine systems, etc. You can backup Windows 10 to USB drive without worrying its capacity issue.

How to make a backup copy of installed software?

Next, I will show you how to take backup of installed software in Windows XP/VISA and Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and open this software. At the home page, click Backup and select System Backup.

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System Backup

Step 2. It will choose the source for you, and you only need to choose another location as destination path.

Select Destination

Tips: There are Options, Schedule, and Scheme options available. With them, you can click to have more advanced settings.
Options: You can enable encryption and email notification.
Schedule: it allows you to set automatic backup with five modes, namely daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers and USB plug in. Click Advanced to set incremental and differential backup.
Scheme: it enables you to manage disk space. It can automatically delete old backups and keep the latest versions of the backup image file.

Step 3. Click Start Backup and wait for the process done.


Basically, you can either use Windows built-in tool or AOMEI Backupper to backup installed programs in Windows 10/8/7. However, to have a better backup experience, AOMEI Backupper is recommended. It has many powerful features that Windows built-in tool does not have.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.