> several glitchie things have been accumulating that i havent been able to
> fix, concerning attachments in windows mail, IE, AVG, Ad-aware and a
> couple other things. i cant go back far enough in the restores, so maybe
> its best to save my stuff and start over with a new installation.
> finding and correctly saving everything (emails, bookmarks included) has
> me nervous.
There is no set checklist. You have to know what programs you use and where
those programs store their data. That's why it is good for most people to
keep all their data in various folders in their User directory, so
everything is in one place.
Here you'll find your Favorites, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, etc.
For Firefox bookmarks, since the system is still operational open Firefox
and "organize bookmarks" and "export to html". Save the html file in your
Email - it depends on what email client you use. If you read your mail
online (Yahoo, Gmail) you don't need to worry about it. If you use an email
client like Windows Mail, Thunderbird, or Outlook you have to know how to
back it up and save the backup files somewhere in your Users directory.
Maybe make a folder cleverly called "Email Backup".
Specialized programs like Quicken, Quickbooks, database programs - know how
these programs work. Quicken/Quickbooks use a Backup and Restore from
within the programs themselves.
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