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Backing Up Programs

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bmxgj, Oct 9, 2003.

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  1. bmxgj

    bmxgj Thread Starter

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    I have many programs, but do not have the original discs.

    If i wanted to burn these incase my computer crashes or if i decide to format it, could I just drag the folder from the program files and burn it onto a cd? and have it run fine?.. please help
     
  2. MysticEyes

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    No, except with some programs that aren't really installed in the usual Windows fashion. These programs will usually tell you to just unzip them into the folder of your choice.
     
  3. bmxgj

    bmxgj Thread Starter

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    like photosop, macromedia flash mx & dream weaver & image ready and more.. I could put all of the files in a zip and then have like 5 big zip files and put them on a data disc.. then if i wanted to put them back on i would drag the folder in the program files and it would work?
     
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    No, you will have have to buy those programs.
     
  5. Miz

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    With very few exceptions, the program folder is only the tip of the iceberg. Installed programs scatter files they need to in order run pretty much all over the operating system, including registry entries. Therefore, saving just the folder will not save the program for reinstallation later. You will also need all its other files and its registry entries and then each will have to be replaced correctly in the new system.

    In other words, if it can be done, it can't be done easily and I've never found a program that said it can migrate applications from one drive to another which can actually do it successfully.
     
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