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How to backup and restore users desktop settings ie resolution, folder view settings, Classic or XP start menu etc

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Hi,

After having successfully restored the Directors Desktop from my standard Ghost Image he then said that he had to spend the next hour getting his machine back to how he likes it with things like Desktop Resolution, Icons in the Quick launch, Classic Start Menu and desktop and also his Folder Browse options and view.

He would like a way of backing up every ones desktop settings so that in the event of a disaster recovery scenario where we maybe have to Ghost back all the users machines, they don't then spend the next hour tweaking their machine to how they like it.

I suggested that we lock all the machines down using Group Policy so everyone is the same and they can't change it which would make my life easier... but he would like to retain the ability for everyone to be able to tweak their PC to how they want.

We already use Folder Redirection and Roaming Profiles but would like to go that little bit further so a machine restore can be as near to perfect.

Is this possible through registry keys or any other way?

thanks.
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Perhaps this utility will serve your requirements >

"Icon Restore:  Restore desktop icon layout":
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/iconrestore.html
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Jonvee,

thanks for your reply.

We already use that app for when our users connect via VPN to other companies and it messes up their icons.

It was more the icons stored in Quick Launch and the other folder settings I am after.
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Thanks Jonvee,

I am actually giving Backup Exec System Recovery a whirl to see if it provides us with a faster bare metal recovery option in the event of a disaster.

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Mr-Madcowz,
As you have not had any other assistance up to this point, you may wish to retrieve your points by clicking the 'Accept As Solution' button in one of your own comments.  
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