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How to save programs before restoring system

by KARLES / March 29, 2013 12:30 AM PDT

Please could someone help me? I want to clean out my Windows 7 computer but want to save a few programs to put back after, which I do not have Disk's for. How do I go about saving them say to either my Partition or external Drive. Thank you to anyone for any advice.

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Not Windows Programs
by KARLES / March 29, 2013 2:24 AM PDT

Hi thanks for your reply but these are software programs that I purchased for my XP computer and then transfered to this Windows 7 by a transfer cable and as they work just fine I wanted to save them [somehow] and re-install after recovery process.

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Then these are simpler apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2013 2:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Not Windows Programs

You would just copy their folders over to backup and copy back when done.

Very few apps are that simple today.

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Not Windows Programs
by KARLES / March 30, 2013 1:50 AM PDT

Thank you that is just as simple as can be.

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A little history why this is no longer possible for most app
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2013 1:08 AM PDT

In 1995 Microsoft redesigned Windows and those changes stuck to this day in that you can't backup most apps.

You installed those apps so to save them you saved the install CD or file along with any needed serial numbers.

If you lost the disks that's sad but due to how Windows works, there is no supported method to save an app for reinstall later. Yes, folk have tried over the years but as you can see, they had to remove such from the market because it didn't always work.

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