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connecting installed programs w/ reinstalled XP

by gasser0 / August 8, 2005 5:34 AM PDT

Sometimes I have to re-install windows without uninstalling my programs. When I do this-- the programs are still there, BUT, XP can't connect to them. I have to reinstall the programs.
How do I avoid this and/or what do I need to do to get everything back as it was? This is NOT for a complete format and reload.
Thanks, this may seem a little dumb, but, I haven't figured it out YET.

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That's 1995 all over again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2005 7:42 AM PDT

Pop back 10 years to 1995 and you'll find a new OS from Microsoft that introduced the REGISTRY, shared DLLS and more that made such old ideas fail.

You get to reinstall software after you install the OS.

Welcome to 1995.


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I would ask,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 8, 2005 8:16 AM PDT

why do you have to re-install Windows so often?

There may be an underlying problem that can be fixed so you can avoid having to do it.

As Bob says, when you install a program, the installation procedure places files such as Dynamic Link Libraries, (.dll's), in the Windows/System32 folder, and places entries in the Windows Registry.

When you re-install Windows two things happen. The Windows Registry gets renewed/replaced, and the Windows/System folder gets scrubbed clean or the .dll's get replaced, some of which will belong to installed programs.

With Windows XP there are many other folders that are replaced as well, Documents and Settings has many sub-folders that will be changed or replaced.

So any settings or files installed by other programs will be lost and that is why they do not work after WIndows is re-installed.

That's why it is best to keep all those installation disks or downloaded install files in a safe place so that you can start all over again each time.

But I can't help thinking that with Windows XP being a much more stable Operating System than previous Windows, something is wrong that you have to keep re-installing yours.

Can you give more details of the problems you have?


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thats 1995
by errolla7 / August 8, 2005 8:25 AM PDT

Very funny Mr. Proffitt. You have had helpful messages for me in the past. Doyou have any help for my one node home system post?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2005 9:01 AM PDT
In reply to: thats 1995

No link and the forum search didn't find it so I can't comment.


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Re:1 node system
by Papa Echo / August 8, 2005 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: thats 1995

Your post dated 8-8 is as of now still unanswered and is now way down the page. Try a BUMP tomorrow, or a post to the Networking forum. (Just a suggestion)

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Do a repair, not an upgrade
by denniseckhaus / August 10, 2005 1:08 AM PDT

With XP, you can boot to the cd instead of the operating system.

Once there, don't choose to repair the system with the recovery console, but to run Windows Setup.

When setup runs, eventually it will show a page where you need to change it from upgrade to "repair."

You also need to make sure the installation directory for Windows is the same one it was originally installed to. Most of the time this is "C:\Windows" and if has something different there you need to change it to wherever your current installation is. If it detects an existing Windows installation, it will probably want to install to a different folder (like C:\Windows001 or whatever). So, change that or you're installed programs will not be connected in the registry.

You'll still need to reinstall any service packs or Windows Updates, and perhaps any hardware drivers you were using that were unsigned by Microsoft or older versions than on your XP cd. But your programs should be "connected" and not need to be reinstalled when you run the "repair" install this way.

But, like noted previously you shouldn't need to do this very often with Windows XP. Even the Videocard driver updates often released by ATI, Nvidia, etc can be handled fine without a Windows repair if you follow good uninstall procedures and use drivercleaner, etc.

What messes up your system so much?

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by gasser0 / August 11, 2005 3:09 AM PDT

I do what you have said. I Do go to the repair step, not recovery, which is a little later in the install sequence. It's not like I do this every day/week/month, but, there are some situations where I MUST clean up windows. It installs fine. I have found if I go to desktop in the documents and setting under the user folder, I am able to select the shortcut and run the program, but, i have to make sure I select the correct user folder. The programs must be connected somehow in windows registry. If the program is not there it seems I'm out of luck and I reinstall.

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