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PeteOh

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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.
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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) .
 

PeteOh

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