i guess what im asking is if there is a setup file contained in the program files or if i just copied the programs program files and pasted them into C: after the reinstall it would work.
Probably not. The programs you listed are most likely not portable.
They will need to be re-installed.
If he is using those commercial level applications I would think he has either a retail or volume license which would authorize a re-installation after a reformat on the same machine, assuming the software is legally licensed and not pirated. How did those tools get installed on the computer in the first place?
All of the data and saved files from the applications can be safely backed up and restored after a re-install of the parent applications.