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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PeteOh, Apr 6, 2008.

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  1. PeteOh

    PeteOh Thread Starter

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    I just reinstalled WIN XP Pro, and now I sitll have the programs on the hard drive, but nothing in the "START / All Programs" menu. I recall on other Win OSs' that they had a "search for installed Program" option. Does Win XP pro have anything like that ?
    I am aware some programs will have to be re-installed due to regeistration issues. I am hoping not too many.
    Pete
     
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    Hi Pete , welcome to TSG .
    Probably all the programs will have to be reinstalled , I'm afraid . An installed program will not just have a folder in Program Files but also is installed into the Registry which was created with the OS installation , so merely copying the program files over from a backup wont work (although there are a very small number of programs that are capable of running from a folder without being installed) .
     
  3. PeteOh

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    Thanks,
    I was afraid that would be the case. Maybe I'll have some more disk space now
    Pete
     
  4. nessyguin

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    Yep , every cloud has a silver lining :)
     
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    Hi,
    There are some programs that can work without reinstalling like Audacity, Filezilla etc. , few games also run from earlier installation. You can create shortcuts of those programs in start menu :)
     
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