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How can I back up an application?

by satish_997 / May 16, 2008 1:33 PM PDT

I'm thinking of completely wiping and reformatting a hard drive with a fresh installation of XP Home. The only problem is there are a few apps I would like to keep that were installed years ago from CDs which are gone. Does anyone know how if/how to back up applications that were installed from a CD?

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(NT) You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2008 2:39 PM PDT
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Repair Instead?
by satish_997 / May 16, 2008 3:31 PM PDT
In reply to: You can't

I had heard that reformatting and reinstalling windows makes it almost like new, but, since there are programs I can't back up and need, would repairing the OS speed the computer up at all? It couldn't hurt, right? What exactly does choosing the repair option do?

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Still won't work
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2008 10:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Repair Instead?

Still won't work, since repairing will wipe out the registry, and there's a good chance those programs will fail to work afterward.

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Abort, fail but retry?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2008 11:49 PM PDT
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There were, and still are, ...
by Edward ODaniel / May 17, 2008 5:30 AM PDT

several third party Application Uninstallers that had an option to back up the uninstall into an executable that allowed the application to be installed on a different computer. Older versions of V-Com's System Suite included one as a matter of fact.

On some applications they worked just fine while on other applications it is simply an exercise in futility as Bob noted about MS Office in particular.

Do a Google search for application uninstallers and see what each offers.

I suggest using this as an object lesson and taking pains in the future to ensure that you retain all installation media for all your applications is a secure and accessible area where they can be located if necessary.

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