Solved Install software having only the Program Files contents?

May 25, 2016 at 14:18:51
Specs: Windows XP SP3
I have just migrated to a 'new' (secondhand) desktop PC, as my 12-year-old one was hanging and crashing continually. Like the old one, the 'new' machine is running Windows XP which I find perfectly adequate for home office use.

One of the things I had installed on the old machine was Microsoft Digital Image Suite (containing Picture It). I used it all the time for simple photo editing tasks.

My installation CD from 2004 has long since vanished but before shutting my old machine down for the last time I did back up the contents of the Program Files folder tree. My question is, can I re-install Digital Image Suite having only the Program Files contents - and if so, how is this done?

Thanks for any help.

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May 25, 2016 at 14:53:24
I'm afraid that the answer is almost certainly know. Most programs, particularly those from Microsoft, depend upon entries in the Registry, so just copying the program files isn't sufficient.

Microsoft do supply a free download of a "Starter" edition; you might like to try this to see if it suits your needs.

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May 25, 2016 at 15:41:33
Thanks, ijack. I wasn't proposing simply to copy over the progam files; I realise there is some sort of installation process to go through. It just strikes me that all the info the program needs to run is there - it's just a case of "telling my PC that it's on the system". I guess that's what the installer does! I thought there might be a way of doing it.

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May 25, 2016 at 16:43:08
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The programs folder tree (in the appropriate part) just contains the files that the program uses. The installer put them there. You need the install program to set the whole thing up including the necessary registry entries. That information is not contained in Program Files.

Sorry but it can't be done.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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May 25, 2016 at 17:58:17
Thank you, Derek. Guess I will just recycle that CD!

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