Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:29 AM
Ok lets consider this as a simple single program situation in a few different scenarios. I think it's probably my description of the issue that is confusing.
Let's say you encounter a new install of Windows 7, and the system has AutoCAD installed. The user in their infinite wisdom loves email forwards and made their computer into an expensive doorstop with a virus. Now you have to do a OS Reinstall because the infection is so bad you can't get into it do any anti-virus work. (True Story)
User to me... Why can't you just carry the AutoCAD install over to the new system?
A Mac user has you working on their Windows PC and it has been determined a new system is in order. They are currently running Windows XP on an Intel Platform and are looking at a new system with an AMD Platform (along with DDR2 to DDR3 RAM, new video hardware, everything). They think they should be able to just take the old hard drive, plug it into the new system. (True Story)
User to me... But every time I reinstalled the OS on my iMac it kept my installed programs?
***Yes I would read the tech stuff on Microsoft but I am not sure exactly what I am looking for and I need a quick concise answer. I've never really worried about the "why" portion and just accepted that a new OS install means reinstalling your programs. My level of tech expertise is that I can build systems, do quite a bit of diagnosis/repair/maintenance and have killed viruses successfully when I got there in time. I am not educated in tech support though and never dug into the real guts of the OS because I have never found it necessary. I am not a professional tech support guy I just help out my friends who know less than me.
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