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Windows Reinstall And Existing Software Programs

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#1 KenDetroit


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Posted 30 July 2006 - 04:15 PM

I did a Windows XP Professional Edition Repair Re-install on my laptop. It went great. I installed it from the image that Averatec left on my hard drive, as they did not provide a disc.

I did not do a format obviously, since I was using the files on that drive.

My question is regarding my existing installed programs (Acrobat, MS Office, Nero, etc). The programs are still on my hard drive, as well as all the respective files. However, Windows XP is not showing them in the start menu. Is there a way to make XP go back and look for installed programs to re-populate the start menu?

If not, can I just erase the existing files and re-install the software?


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#2 ThorXP


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Posted 30 July 2006 - 06:57 PM

What should be done is backup all of your important data to another media like CD-R's or DVD and then do a full recovery of Windows formatting the hard drive in the process.

As for what you have now if you did a repair-install something went a little bit wrong because you should still have access to all of your programs.

Try re-installing the programs over themselves.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 03:47 AM

One thing that might work for some is to use Windows Explorer to look through each program file and look for the exe file that starts it - if successful it will load, a registry entry placed and may then be recognized by XP.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 08:16 AM

I personally prefer Enthusiast's way of getting the programs to work again - but it can be tedious and time consuming.

So, the answer is yes, you can reinstall the apps to fix this - but it will also be tedious and time consuming. The advantage to this method is that you can update them at the same time (by downloading the updated versions to install).
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