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Associate old files with new installation.

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I am curious to know if there is a way to associate old files with a new installation of windows. I reinstalled windows b/c the OS crashed and would never boot. Upon installing the fresh copy, I made a seperate folder called Windows2 to store the new system files and just to make sure that none of my data was lost. I now want to have all my old programs and such to load correctly. I know that I could just go and reinstall them over again, since I imagine they were linked to the old windows registry, am curious to know if there is a registry file that could be edited that would quick fix the problem. For example, none of my installed programs show up in the all programs list even though the files are on my hard drive in C:\Program Files.

Any information or links would be most appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
Apr 18 '07 #1
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From my experience, if you import the old registry ... its just gonna cause you problems, however it will show your old programs as being installed if you still have all of them in C:\Program Files .


You could just manually browse to the C:\Program Files folder and start making shortcuts to your desktop from all of the exe's .. lol.. that works well too..
Apr 18 '07 #2

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I would suggest not to mess with your registry at this point and simply reinstall the programs (specially microsoft office) as far as the rest of the programs, if they are self-sufficient, simply make shortcuts to .exe to your desktop.

Instead of making windows2 folder in the future, boot up with winxp disk and run the recovery that should fix your windows and keep all your programs.

best luck,

Windows & Networking MOD
Apr 18 '07 #3

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