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Working with a user, want to backup the files/programs on computer. Restore the computer to its factory defaults and then restore the computers original files/programs.

But I do not wants to do a system image of the system files and so on. I believe a system image would not let you choose exactly what you want to restore. And im curious as to a single file backup on Windows 7 would suffice in doing this as long as I selected the correct libraries.

Any help would be awesome.

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You mention program data, but you also mention programs. You won't be able to backup the programs, they will need to be reinstalled. You'll want to backup the program data or the user data for the programs you want to recover. –  Raystafarian Apr 12 at 12:28

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