Is there a way to back up the program files and program files (86) and program data to restore it after a fresh install of windows? Basically, I have one M.2 SSD BPX 240GB that I use as my C: drive, for the windows installation and the automated files that direct to the C: drive, such as program files/data/etc. I have a 1TB SSD that is my D: drive, which I install games and programs to via custom installation option and directing it to the D: drive. So, all the programs and games are on my D: drive and windows and the program files are on my C: drive. I want to reinstall windows on the C: drive, as I came across dclog files pointing to a dark comet rat infection. Got a little nuts trying to get rid of it, deleted rundll32 and other things, registry deletes who knows, but things are complicated now.
I have done a dism with a windows installation and tried sfc and chkdsk. Came to the conclusion, a reinstall is the best option here, but I do not want to have to reinstall all the games and programs on the D: drive just so the files and data work their way into the C: drive. Is there a way to do this? Basically, I want to format my M.2 C: drive, install Windows, once rebooted be able to play the games and use programs from the D: drive. If this means backing up program files and (86) and program data and restoring that is fine. If it requires backing up registry and restoring it, fine too but the objective is to remove this dark comet thing, and I have removed too much in the process, not sure if it is gone but I do not want to restore it with the program files/86/ or registry if needed. Cripes. Also, on Windows 10 Education and the upgrade tool from windows.com is not compatible. I do have the windows 10 education disc if there’s a way similar to upgrading through windows itself so the ability of keeping apps and files is still a choice please tell. I also have windows pe/nt or whatever to boot into via bootable usb, among other various bootable options kapersky, eset, ultimatebootcd, the one that starts with a H. herons? anyways, i have the tools, just need those brains.