I would like to know if there is any (especially free) solution to back up and restore settings from applications (even if only from a whitelist of the most popular ones), both for XP and further versions of Windows.
Most of the applications I see are designed to work in XP solely for the purpose of upgrading to Windows 7 - I would like one that could also transfer settings to Windows XP.
I know XP is an old system, and that new installs of it are not recommended. This recommendation makes a lot of sense depending on the country, and it does not apply to this case; I'm simply asking for an XP-friendly solution.
Do note that I'm not asking for a way to transfer applications or documents, just settings is more than enough. Anything else is a bonus.