Welcome to the all-new Windows Central Forums! - We're still moving some things around, so you may see a few quirks here and there, but we're working on getting things fully completed as soon as possible. For now, take a look around, and if you run into any major issues, please let us know in this thread!
Anything you install from the Zune software on your computer will automatically reinstall. The ones you buy through your phone will be tied to your account (as in, you will be able to install purchased apps again for free as it will have a record of your purchase), but it won't install them automatically.
Hopefully app syncing becomes part of the zune sync later on. When you 'update' your phone, it will do a full backup, but thats it for now.
Its tedious, but the zune software on your desktop at least has a record of all your installs, so you can go down through them and reinstall that way.
Ok, now I am even more confused. How do you install an app "from the Zune software"? I typically search for apps using Zune on my PC and then buy (free or $$$). Then I find the app using Marketplace on my phone and install it. I have browsed for a handful of apps and purchased directly my phone but most using the first scenario. Since Novermber about 5 apps have installed automatically. All the others (200) I had to pull in. Zune does list everything but no way to print out the list. I do have all my current/deleted apps in a OneNote list though so that's the easy part. But if I have to hunt and peck for 200+ apps someday (didn't have to with WM Marketplace), I will not be a happy camper and will lead me to significantly throttling back my apps. You would think that Microsoft would want to make the reinstall process easy. Having a cloud based device I thought a hard reset scenario would be easier. With my Tilt2 I just installed all the CABs from a folder on my storage card.
Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express