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Fab`s AutoBackup 4 Tech

Fabs AutoBackup is a small portable application. It allows users to choose what to back up from their Windows system (documents, music, videos, emails, browser settings) with simple check boxes and paths fields. After the format, Fab`s AutoBackup can restore all the files back to where they should be.

Fab`s AutoBackup 3 is not a V2 update. Its been entirely rewritten and improved ergonomically to provide ease of use but with a maximum of compatibility with Windows XP, Vista and 7.

The Program Allows To Backup, Restore, Transfert (backup On One Machine, Restore To Another) :

Shared Documents folder
My Documents folder (without My Pictures, My Music and My Videos folders which are backed-up separately).
My Pictures folder
My Music folder
My Videos folder
User`s Windows Desktop
Desktop`s wallpaper
Quick launch toolbar
Windows Internet Explorer favorites
Windows Internet Explorer main start page
Outlook Express messages and settings (mail accounts, rules...)
IncrediMail messages and settings
Windows Mail (or Windows Live Mail) messages and settings
Windows Address book, used by outlook Express or Windows Mail
Microsoft Office Outlook PST files (messages, address book and calendar are stored in)
Outlook.nk2 file (contains the A field history)
Microsoft Office activation files (XP/2003/2007)
Windows Vista`s calendar
Firefox settings : bookmarks, extensions (tested with AdBlock Plus and LogMeIn plug-in)...
Google Chrome profile
Apple Safari profile
Mozilla Thunderbird messages and settings
Modem parameters (rasphone.pbk file), except credentials
Windows Live Messenger (Note : Windows Live ID is not restored but files are).
Skype data and settings
System fonts (useful if you installed fonts unbundled with Windows or your software)
User defined additional files
User defined additional folders

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History updates (Complete changelogs since the listing on this site)

4 Tech [09-09-11]

- Issue with Outlook signatures files backup.
- Issue with Registry exports when backing up to a network path like \servershareackup-folder

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v4 Tech [08-02-11]

- Serious bug affecting downloads folder restore job. Update highly recommended.

v4 Tech [05-26-11]

- Opera 11.X support.

v4 Tech [04-30-11]

- Helpful invisible function : sometimes, a hard drive is unbootable because of a currupt software registry hive (usually x:windowssystem32configsoftware). When using Fab's AutoBackup 4 Tech with a non booting drive, the program tries to load it into the local registry to find users profiles location. If this file was not loaded, there was no user account displayed and no possible backup. Now, if the file fails to load, it will use a backup instead (a file from the famous "last good configuration" stuff). This way, user profiles are shown and available.

v4 Tech [04-14-11]

- Multi user backup failed when trying to backup desktop's wallpaper with more that 2 users profiles selected. Thanks to anonymous people who sent an error report. It helped  lot to find and fix it.

v4 Tech [04-09-11]

- Version number was not included to error reports. This will help to find out if the bug affects the latest version. If you see an error report window, just check the website for an update.
- The emails send though error report were not correctly formated. It was not possible to reply using the email client's "reply" button.

v4 Tech [04-06-11]

- Ability to customize the program's graphics (top banner and big logo) with user's png files. The procedure is in the user's manual.

v4 Tech [03-29-11]

- Error report manager. This will improve customer support. The end user is free to send it or not.
- AOL software support (experimental)
- NCH Express Invoice support (experimental)
- Intuit QuickBooks support (experimental)
- Picasa support (albums and database)
- Screen saver settings (enabled or not, password secured or not, time to wait before activation).

v4 Tech [01-04-11]

Happy new year! Fab's AutoBackup is online.

v4 Tech [11-16-10]

Fab's AutoBackup is online.

v4 Tech [11-12-10]

Fab's AutoBackup is online.

v3.4.0.307 [10-27-10]

Fixed :

v3.4.0.299 [10-11-10]

Fixed :

v3.2.2.227 [06-11-10]

Fixed :
- Removed hardcoded french text. Translation was missing for the label "Selected Items" on "Launch" tab.

To do :
- Find a way to display the restored QuickLaunch toolbar on Windows 7 taskbar.
- Synchronisation support in command line mode.
- Custom files and folders support with command line parameters.

v3.2.2.225 [06-09-10]

Added :
- Ability to choose additional folders for backup/restore with a tree view and checkboxes feature is back. It has been deeply modified and debugged. Thanks a lot to Georges TROTTIER for this contribution.
- Tab displaying the backup summary before launching the process.
- Optional function to check backed-up file's size. Useful to know if the backup completed fine or not.

Modified :
- Splitted the additional files/Folders tab into 2 separated tabs for better viewing.

Fixed :
- Added command line items handling for the downloads folder, the Windows Vista/7 gadgets and backed up file's size check.

To do :
- Find a way to display the restored QuickLaunch toolbar on Windows 7 taskbar.
- Synchronisation support in command line mode.
- Custom files and folders support with command line parameters.

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