Steps to take before and after allowing win10/11 to update?

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prsa01

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Steps to take before and after allowing win10/11 to update?

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Post by prsa01 » Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:02 pm

I have searched so apologize if I missed this.

Has anyone documented the detailed steps to take when allowing a win10/11 system with 8.8.5 installed to update?

Currently running on one PC with win7 and will eventually move to a different, newer, PC running win10/11 with 8.8.5 installed.

I plan to have one of the update stoppers installed so I can choose when and how to update. Want to know the steps I should take when it has been indicated that an update is safe for WMC.

Expect to:
Create restore point
copy/backup WMC config (what steps?)
Uninstall WMC (what step(s) does this actually entail?)
Anything else here?
Do win update
Reinstall WMC (what step(s) to not lose config?)
Restore/copy back config (what steps?)
Anything else?
restart windows update stopper

Or is it not possible to retain config when uninstalling/reinstalling?

If this is already all documented somewhere please provide a link and this thread can be deleted.

Thanks much for any guidance!

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Post by technodevotee » Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:36 pm

Because WMC is no longer supported on Windows 10 or Windows 11, it is installed and uninstalled using scripts in the WMC installer folder rather than the Windows add/remove programs feature.

The WMC installers have a feature called backuprestoresettings which copies the programdata\microsoft\ehome folder and the WMC registry entries and I normally recommend using this before doing Windows updates/upgrades as it isn't uncommon for things to get messed up. The script can be used before uninstalling to make a backup and again after reinstalling to (hopefully) put the settings back.

However, I don't think the database or registry settings on a Windows 7 version of WMC are compatible with the Windows 8 version of WMC, which is what is used on Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and 11.

It would probably be a good idea to manually backup the programdata\microsft\ehome folder and save it somewhere just in case.

EPG123 has its own backup and restore functions built in and can import a list of scheduled recordings on to a new PC but it isn't something I have tried on Windows 7 myself.

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Post by prsa01 » Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:13 pm

Thanks technodevotee,

Always appreciate your help in these forums!

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