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Windows 10 Remove Unwanted Bloat from Windows 10

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A number of the default “apps” that Microsoft provide tend to get on my nerves, as I have Skype and Office already installed I was annoyed to see the “Get Skype” and “Get Office” were listed.
I tweak the below on all new machines as some members of my family do have a Windows Phone (So in some instances I leave windowsphone and people).

Credit: MS Technet

Simple backup and restore scripts

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Back when my workplace migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7, I became lazy and automated backing up and restoring a users profiles important files in a batch script.
Here I backup to the drive H, this drive is pretty much our standard user drive. If the user does not have a H drive some pretty neat code from https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.msdos.batch.nt/kOsN-QIOYEY displays a folder selection box (As annoyingly some users didn’t have their home drive set as H). Although I have set the filepath as LaptopBackup I have used it on Desktops as well.
The code deliberately terminates if it detects it isn’t on Windows 7, this is purely because I haven’t tested this in a network environment on other OS’s!
Known faults are pinned shortcuts in the taskbar don’t appear and printer settings don’t migrate (I never got around to correcting it).

This section of code is to backup to %backupdir%\LaptopBackup\

This section of code is to restore from %backupdir%\LaptopBackup\

Update August 2017. I have found Windows 10 Sticky Notes needs to be moved to a different location so data can be imported, the below has been added as where I work is currently planning to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Further amendments may be needed and obviously the backup script above doesn’t account for the new data location for Sticky Notes