Backing up Windows system folders properly

Windows system folders have the peculiarity that they often contain files that are completely protected from access, so that not even the most perfect backup program can back up this data. In most cases, these are runtime files, i.e. temporary files that are only used by the Windows kernel or third-party applications during the currently executed task. You can safely exclude such files from the backup - there is no need to worry about losing anything.

The following Windows system folders exist:

C:/Users/xxxxx/AppData usually contains program runtime files as well as master data, also databases and configuration files.

C:/ProgramData as above, but for all Windows users.

C:/Windows contains various program API's (interfaces for programs), modules and components such as DLL's and OCX files. Also contains temporary files.

Suppress error messages

Whoever wants to can backup these folders, but in all likelihood some errors will occur during the backup. Fortunately, Langmeier Backup gives you the option to globally exclude error messages for specific file and folder patterns.

How to do it:

  1. To do this, click Options... and then click Excluded Files and Types...
  2. Click Add...
  3. in the window that appears
  4. Fill in the following window as follows and then confirm the entry by clicking Add:

    Windows system folders are often protected from access. No backup program can back up these files, which subsequently generates error messages. Here we show you how to suppress them with Langmeier Backup.
  5. Repeat the last two operations for all system folders whose error messages you no longer want to see.
  6. Items, that are excluded from backup appear in red and bold font. Items that are backed up but do not generate error messages in the event of an error are listed in black and thin font:

    Windows system folders are often protected from access. No backup program can back up these files, which subsequently generates error messages. Here we show you how to suppress them with Langmeier Backup.

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Urs Langmeier Urs Langmeier is founder and CEO of Langmeier Software GmbH and thus responsible for the strategic further development of Langmeier software solutions.
 

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