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Backing Up An Installed Program?

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#1 J Pollard

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:22 PM

Due to driver conflicts and other issues galore, I am going to be wiping my hard drive clean and starting with a clean slate. I've been going through my original program and driver CD's to make sure I have everything but there is one CD in particular for a not-so-cheap program (Photoshop) that I can't find anywhere. I would really prefer not to have to spend that money all over again, but it's a program I use almost daily.

Is there any way possible to back up my existing installation, and re-install it into my fresh new version of XP? I apologize if this has already been covered on bleepingcomputer but I searched and found nothing here, or on Google. Thanks!

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 07:12 AM

No, sorry. You cannot backup installed programs, per se. This is why you must install from a disk.

I had this happen to me recently also, and I ended up purchasing Paint Shop Pro v9 for only $29 USD from the manufacturer in on online download. That is pretty cheap, for two reasons: 1) they have come out with a newer version and 2) it was simply a download.

If you decide to go this way, first download the program to a place on your computer that you are familiar with, such as your desktop. Then once downloaded, copy the program and burn it to a CD. Then go ahead and double click the program to start installing it on your computer. This way you will still have a backup copy of the program on CD.

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