Back up user prefs
Back up user prefs
4.4a

5.0

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Back up user prefs4.4a

07 June 2005

AppleScript backs up your user preferences.

Overview

Back up user prefs is an AppleScript application that backs up and restores a user's preferences and related folders for safety in the event of corruption of either individual preferences or the entire folder.Back up user prefs allows the user to elect to save a set of previously backed-up preferences in the event that something goes wrong during the backup process.

In addition to backing up preferences and related files, Back up user prefs can also restore your system using either of the two sets of previously-saved preferences, provided that two sets exist within the user's Backup_preferences folder. This feature is a very important one, since it can save the user the hours of agony required by a full system reinstallation by replacing the corrupted files that are usually the cause of serious system failures. Also, this replacement is selective: you do not have to restore everything, but can instead select, for example, only the ~/Library/Preferences folder, the browser files, the ~/Library/Mail files, etc. (see the list below). Beginning with v 2.4.8, Back up user prefs added a feature called "Auto-pilot" which enables the experienced user of the application to eliminate nearly all dialog boxes except those that are absolutely necessary for the proper operation of the application.

What's new in Back up user prefs

Version 4.4a:
  • Change in the installation method to manual installation to eliminate problems encountered by some users with the installer application

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19 Reviews of Back up user prefs

2.25
Roberto5
15 December 2002
Version: 1.2

Most helpful

The script doesn't work on my machine and I can't find the bug because it's saved as a compilated script. I would appreciate the script if it were saved in plain text form.
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Jbmelby
07 June 2005
Version: 4.4a
A new version has been posted to eliminate installer problems. The installation method has been changed to manual installation. If you have successfully installed v 4.4 using the installer, you do not need to download this version.
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Jbmelby
09 May 2005
Version: 4.3.3
Please note: Back up user prefs 4.3.3 is not currently Tiger-compatible. Although I have officially ceased development on this application, because of popular demand I shall release a Tiger-compatible version in the near future. Please check this page for notification of a new version.
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Jbmelby
21 April 2004
Version: 4.3
There was a corrupted file in the original distribution of v 4.3 which has now been corrected. Anyone who downloaded v 4.3 before 11:00 PM EDT on April 20th should download and install it again. Please accept my apologies!
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Anonymous
21 January 2004
Version: 4.2.5
when i run it i get a "parameter error"? OSX 10.2.3
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Jbmelby
07 January 2004
Version: 4.2.5
Beginning with v 4.2.5, it is no longer the case that "Back up user prefs" will run only on an administrator account (although an administrator account is still required to run "BUUP4.2.2_for_cron").
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5
Painztream
31 December 2003
Version: 4.2
Yeah, that roxx. Worth any Cent!
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Jbmelby
19 December 2003
Version: 4.2
PLEASE NOTE: Version 4.2 works for administrator accounts only. (Sorry that I forgot to post this information!) For those having trouble with v 4.2, version 4.1 is available at http://www.m-t-software.com/Back_up_user_prefs-41.dmg.tgz and v 3.0.3 can be downloaded at http://www.m-t-software.com/Back_up_user_prefs-303.dmg.tgz
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5
Anonymous
15 November 2003
Version: 4.0.6
This wonderful application was invaluable in rebuilding my system when my hard drive died recently. I kiss the ground this generous developer walks on. Thank you so very much for such an easy to use tool, one that even THIS L8bloomer can understand.
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5
Anonymous
15 November 2003
Version: 4.0.6
Outstanding program. I second what the previous reviewer said. This developer is a great guy!
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4.75
Anonymous
21 June 2003
Version: 2.4.6
This script just keeps getting better, and lemme tell ya, I had a problem and emailed the developer. He replied within just a couple hours. He even sent me a solution to my problem. This is all free of charge. I've NEVER seem this kind of "customer support" ANYWHERE. This is definitely my favorite script of all AppleScripts.
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5
Anonymous
18 June 2003
Version: 2.4.6
Very slick script!
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5
Anonymous
16 June 2003
Version: 2.4.5
This wonderful and useful utility is elegant, both in it's simplicity and implementation. It has saved my life countless times and it's author gets my very highest praise for constantly improving this invaluable but FREE jewel.
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5
Ron-West
08 June 2003
Version: 2.4.4
Does just what it claims to! Use it!
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5
Brian-Radford
22 May 2003
Version: 2.4.4
X9: There's an ancient saying that states: "There is more happiness in giving then there is in receiving" This may very well be the answer to your question regarding why this developer is giving away such an awesome tool! ;-)
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5
Anonymous
21 May 2003
Version: 2.4.3
This application is AppleScript used brilliantly. Five shining stars!
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4.5
Anonymous
18 April 2003
Version: 2.4
This saved me time and frustration when I ran into a preference problem. Was a little nervous following the instructions for restoring a previous backed up pref folder due to his warnings through the process. But all proceeded find and I was back to work in no time. Thank you!
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4.75
X9
02 March 2003
Version: 2.3.6
What is with this guy? I mean, seriously, this is a KICK ASS program he's giving away for free. It's easy, convenient, and very handy, and best of all- FREE. He upgrades it often (I've been using it since version 2.3.2 and in the past two months, he's done 4 upgrades. It's a very stable, helpful, and considerate AppleScript. And 2.3.6 adds these nifty little features that make me do the happy dance!
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3.75
Roberto5
23 December 2002
Version: 1.2
I've had some troubles using BackUp User prefs. I may have done some mistakes. After two or three attempts, it makes now its work perfectly.
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2.25
Roberto5
15 December 2002
Version: 1.2
The script doesn't work on my machine and I can't find the bug because it's saved as a compilated script. I would appreciate the script if it were saved in plain text form.
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$5.00

5.0

App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
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