Re-Installing Windows

By theman316109 ·
I just recently had to reinstall my XP PRO do to a corrupt backup restore. I have 250GB HDD which I have partition into 3 drives (windows C:, Apps E:, and Data ). I am wondering if their is anyway to recover my installed applications since they are on a separate partition without having to uninstall them and then reinstall them.

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Not the programs, but if

by IC-IT In reply to Re-Installing Windows

they stored data within the folder structure, that will be available. During install there is a lot of critical data written to the registry and since the OS was reinstalled it is a new registry.
After doing the apps re-install, you could consider doing an image of that partition.

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Well firstly you do not need to remove the existing files most times

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Re-Installing Windows

You can install the software directly over the existing Folder of that application and retail your settings.

But you will need to reinstall the applications as there not only write to the Registry but also they copy files into the Windows Folder which with the reload are no longer present. Things like the Uninstall Option will not work because the required links within Windows are not present.


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Partition of Installers

by orillasound In reply to Well firstly you do not n ...

for this reason I keep a separate partition just for all my app installers and keep my installed apps on the system drive C

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