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Skype Plugin


Skype backup plugin only works with Backup4all.

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If you already have Backup4all, you can add the Skype backup plugin below.

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Skype is a voice-over-ip (VOIP) program that allows millions of users to communicate via voice and video chat. With this backup plugin you'll be able to back-up Skype profiles, logs, extras, apps, plugins and registry keys.

About Skype

Skype is a software application (owned by Microsoft now) that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional land-line telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system.
However, due to Skype being partially free, it is illegal in some countries. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing. Recently it was integrated in Facebook's chat system too.

How to backup and restore Skype using Backup4all plugin

After you install and configure Skype, its settings on another computer or to re-configure it after re-installing your system. This is where the plugin to back up Skype is important as it will save you time.
Creating a backup job in Backup4all using the Skype plugin, will allow you to back-up the application profiles, logs, extras, apps, plugins and registry entries.
In order to backup Skype, you have to follow these steps:
  1. Download and install the backup plugin here: Skype backup plugin
  2. After you installed the plugin in Backup4all, define a backup job and run it to back-up Skype. If you don't know how to install the plugin and run the backup, read this article:
If you need to restore the Skype files after a fresh system installation or on a different computer, follow these steps:
  1. Install Skype and the Skype plugin from here: Skype backup plugin
  2. Open in Backup4all the .bkc catalog file from the destination.
  3. Press the Restore button and follow the wizard steps.

What information is backed up when using the Skype plugin

The backup plugin mentioned above will add as backup sources the following information:
  • Profiles: %appdata%\Skype
  • Logs: %appdata%\SkypePM
  • Extras: %alluserprofile%\Skype Extras
  • Apps: %alluserprofile%\Skype\Apps
  • Plugins: %alluserprofile%\Skype\Plugins
  • Registry:
    • HKCU\Software\Skype

Raw Plugin (XML) Code: Skype.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<b4asource version="1.0">
  <!--Program unique ID (GUID)-->
  <!--Program name-->
  <!--Executable file path-->
  <exepath type="0"/>
  <!--Minimum and maximum versions for which the backup was tested-->
  <!--Information about the plugin author-->
    <email>[email protected]</email>
  <!--Variables used in the XML file-->
    <!--If type="reg" then the value will be read from the registry-->
    <variable name="Contacts" type="reg">HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Skype_is1\InstallLocation</variable>
    <variable name="Pictures" type="reg">HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Skype\Phone\MySkypePicturesPath</variable>
  <!--The backup sources-->
    <source name="Profiles" type="folder">
    <source name="Apps" type="folder">
    <source name="Plugins" type="folder">
    <source name="Extras" type="folder">
      <folder>%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Skype Extras</folder>
    <source name="Logs" type="folder">
    <source name="Registry" type="registry">
      <registry path="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Skype" recursive="true"/>
      <registry path="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Skype" recursive="true"/>