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    03 October 2018, 16:42

    It seems that currently absolute paths are not working correctly. Full
    path format as in "D:\...\.." would be very handy too. Also, would it be
    possible, as someone mentioned here already, to GET correct
    installation path from registry. This is very useful if apps are
    installed on different drive than default and the paths are non-default
    as well. E.g.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{47DF5665-4C7E-46A0-8993-B147CE0E5A36}\"InstallLocation"="D:\Program Files\Calibre2\"
    Get this correct path as variable and use it for backup. So we don't have to hard code plug-ins

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    01 October 2018, 20:12

    great app! I've a few suggestions for future versions.

    Custom output folder for single files. Currently if multiple files from
    different folder but with the same filename are backed up, they get
    overwritten and only last one is kept.
    2) Backup of single registry key opposed to backing up all keys in "folder"
    3) Cancel button in plug-in editor (ESC)
    4) Custom selection preset - saving selected apps as a preset which can be later used to instantly select apps in this preset
    Partial backup - sections in plug-in file which result in a list of
    checkboxes in app selection (maybe new pane between app list and
    description). Different sections can be (de)selected e.g. *all*,
    "bookmarks", "config", "themes", "addons" as opposed to creating
    multiple plug-ins e.g. "Firefox (bookmarks)", Firefox (addons)
    Groups - groups with different visible apps in the app list. Similiar
    to "personal plug-ins" folder but with multiple groups. Each folder
    under personal plug-ins could be considered new group with plug-in
    files. This would be redundant and better solution would be to just have
    single file for each group with a list of plug-in names included in
    that group.
    Most important example would be group for
    "Applications" and a group for "Games". Games would then be separated
    with sections for "settings" and "saves". This could be further improved
    to things like "backup this saves folder, but only # (e.g. 10) last
    modified files/subfolders"
    7) Backing up only if file is newer/different than backed up file

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    Belim (Admin)
    08 October 2018, 16:48

    Hi Hero,

    thanks for using CloneApp.
    Really appreciate the suggestions you gave, I will surely have my concern on these.
    Suggestion 3 is already available. The ESC key catches ONLY if the focus is on CloneApp.

    Kind regards

    26 September 2018, 02:32

    It's a very useful app. Does it back up the serial number so these do not have to be re-entered?


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    Belim (Admin)
    27 September 2018, 19:53

    Hi Richard, Product keys are not fetched originally with CloneApp, but you can extend CloneApp's facilities with a Plugin file to backup these. A default Plug-in file to backup Product keys is already shipped with the app. You will find it under the name "Product keys". Therefore it uses the Nirosft tool ProduKey

    Kind regards

    24 September 2018, 09:17

    Really like Clone App and thank you for developing. I have trouble with writing a plugin for PhpStorm as its configuration is located inside folder which contains the program version number. Is it possible to back up folder with name ".PhpStorm*\config" where * is a version number (e.g. 2018.2)? My approach with * doesn't work.
    Thank you

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    Belim (Admin)
    25 September 2018, 09:19

    Hi Michal,

    thank you for your comment and suggestion.
    This feature is currently not available, but I will add it with the upcoming Version 2.14 of CloneApp.

    Kind regards from Germany

    21 September 2018, 20:56

    CloneApp article

    CloneApp 2.03.203 - Neowin
    CloneApp is a small portable tool which can back up and restore the settings of many popular Windows programs.
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    15 September 2018, 10:24

    BTW, same story with other versions that I found over the Internet: 2.02.182, 1.04.340.
    What could be the cause?

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    Belim (Admin)
    27 September 2018, 19:54

    Hi Alex,

    please send me the Event log. Do you use maybe the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)?

    Thank you.

    13 September 2018, 14:03

    Just downloaded the App from your site (Version: 2.03.203 Last Update: 13.09.2018)
    and it doesn't even start!
    I run it, it appears in Task Manager for a second (or doesn't at all) and then just disappears. No App window appears on screen. Windows 7x64

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    Belim (Admin)
    20 September 2018, 15:31

    Hi Alex,

    please verify Windows Data Execution Prevention (DEP) Settings on your System and set an exception for CloneApp.

    Go to Start > Control Panel > System.
    Go to the Advanced tab and access the Performance Settings.
    Go to the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    Now select the option "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:

    If you need to make changes on this setting a reboot will be required to implement the change.


    Trial User
    14 August 2018, 03:11

    If you simply install this app via Chocolatey, then either run the plugin import or even manually download and extract the single plugin offered (product keys from Nirsoft) refuses to launch.

    My guess is, like the poorly written path code something is hardcoded assuming the app is installed somewhere other than where Chocolatey installs it and therefore renders your plugin path code broken when it calls to "ExternalPlug" path in the plg file.

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    Trial User
    14 August 2018, 02:43

    I'm sorry I usually support free efforts like this however this is just a flat-out DANGEROUS app the way it is written.

    Right off the bat when you simply miss including MANUALLY a trailing backslash to the backup path, basic path checking has not even been coded and the app literally BLINDLY appends it's data to whatever the user if you put C:\Temp all your backup folders are C:\TempAppName, etc. Add in that the basic compression setting (there are alll but a handful of settings this app needs to even handle) the code is backwards so you are enabling the compression settings only when it is UNCHECKED - so as of now it is impossible to actually set the compression levels.

    After seeing these two very lazy things that should have NEVER slipped through basic testing combined with at least a dozen totally incomplete apps I personally had and now from also reading these reviews and see that most also experience totally broken restored apps, I'd say this app has a VERY long way to go and you should really open-source it to get some other DEV eyes and hands on it.

    A+ for effort as we do need an app like this but a real shame it just doesn't cut it.

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    21 July 2018, 19:30

    Other than doing a full backup I know of no other software that will let you move a program from one PC to another. How do you get around the legality of licensing issues (since many programs are licensed for only one PC)?

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    CloneApp is a free and portable program for Microsoft Windows devices to back up preferences, settings and other data of supported applications. CloneApp is highly customizable and can a be extended via "plug-ins", plain text files which define exactly which files, folders and Registry keys the program should preserve.

    It requires Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.


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