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Is it possible to back up programs when reformatting?

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#1 that1guy112


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Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:44 PM

I am thinking about reformatting my computer for several reasons. I recently purchased an external hard drive to backup my files on. I was wondering if it is possible to backup all of my programs onto my external hdd and put them back onto my computer after reformatting it so that I do not have to search for all of the installers?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 11:09 PM

If you're talking about the installers (executables), then yes.

If you're talking about the installed programs themselves, then no.
When a program is installed it writes information to other parts of the system; registry, app data folder, etc.
If you were to move the program's folder from it's installed location, reformat, and then try to move it back, it would break it, as a reformat would destroy all of the information, not contained in the programs file.

That's one of the reasons, I keep all of my installers. :thumbsup:
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