Is it possible to synchronise certain Windows 7 settings. Things like the wallpaper you use for instance, or the programs that are stored in the start menu.

Or the programs that are docked next to your start button etc.

  • I don't know a sync tool. But I do use a script that I apply to any new computer (or user account). It sets things like the wallpaper and the pinned programs in the start menu and the super bar. Every time I make a change to my standard configuration, I also need to update the script. Not very user friendly but we are superusers here. – Peter Hahndorf Sep 23 '12 at 19:44
  • My solution: get windows 8. It does that all for you, except maybe the programs in start menu. Depends on whether its a metro app or a desktop app. – James Mertz Sep 23 '12 at 21:18
  • @KronoS Do you have any source for that? Something I can read into? – Bram Vanroy Sep 24 '12 at 8:18
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    arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/… ... Also from personal experience with Windows 8. – James Mertz Sep 24 '12 at 15:43
  • You want to do this for two or more separate computers or just for some kind of backup? – poz2k4444 Sep 29 '12 at 22:43

The only official transfer tool I know of Windows Easy Transfer, which however does only files.
See this article for details : What is Windows Easy Transfer & How to Backup Your Data for Transfer.

However, there are no tools that can transfer installed applications. Such a tool is even unlikely to exist, because of copyright reasons.

Most commercial products will naturally try to make it as hard as possible to copy a paid application to a second computer without paying for it.

The only truly transferable applications are portable applications.
Most of them are listed on the PortableApps.com website.


You say that you are only interested in docked programs.
I know of no product that transfers these, but I added below some helpful information.

Windows 7 taskbar pinned icons are stored in two locations:

  • File System:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
  • Registry:

Unfortunately, the registry information is binary-coded, so transferring it is all-or-none. In addition, the User Pinned folder is only created after the user has pinned at least one icon to the taskbar.

To deploy this, you would need to:

  1. Configure the pinned items on the source Windows 7 computer
  2. Export the above registry key to a file (say pinned.reg) and save the contents of the User Pinned folder
  3. Copy these to the target computer: The pinned.reg file by executing it and the shortcuts by copying to the User Pinned folder (which may require creating).

Please note that I have not tested this procedure. Also, any programs whose icons you transfer should have been installed in identically-placed folders.

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    I don't think you understand what I mean. I don't want to transfer programmes, but if an application is installed on both machines and if it is docked on one machines, it should also dock on the other. I know that this might sound stupid, but it would save me some trouble. – Bram Vanroy Sep 24 '12 at 8:16
  • Understood, so I added more info. – harrymc Sep 24 '12 at 10:06

you could use dropbox to sync your user folder. simply install dropbox and change the folder where it stores your dropbox to c:\ or d:\ where ever. then create a directory junction for your user folder

mklink /j c:\Users\Userfolder c:\Dropbox\Userfolder

Everything including what wallpaper you use and all your registry settings and startmenu and so on is stored in your user folder. That should work ok. files that are in use will only sync on reboot I think.

  • I fear for the safety and reliability of this though. Doesn't this mess up my registry? Not all programmes that are on one computer are also on the other. – Bram Vanroy Sep 21 '12 at 8:21
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    My user folder is several gigabytes in size. I wouldn't want to sync that over the internet. Also I wouldn't want all the files in there to be on dropbox just so I can sync some shortcuts. – Peter Hahndorf Sep 23 '12 at 19:39

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