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How To Backup My Program Files (properly)

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#1 thenoose


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Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:44 AM

Can i just copy and paste my program files folder onto an external hard drive and then back onto a fresh install? Will they work or do i need the registry entries too?
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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 07:40 AM

You cannot back up installed programs. Only data. If you reinstall Windows, then you will need the original disks or downloads for reinstalling the actual programs. There are far too many registry entries for any particular program for you to be able to find and save them all.

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:40 AM

You need the .exe file for each application. I always save any downloaded applications to a special folder, as opposed to simply "running" them.
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