Solved Want to save program which I have no disc for

June 18, 2012 at 00:34:53
Specs: Windows 7
how to save programs before reformatting HD

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June 18, 2012 at 01:13:13
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Can't really be done. If you are going to reinstall the OS then you need to reinstall programs.

Have you lost the disk? You could try contacting the software publisher with proof of ownership (e.g. your licence key for the software) and they might supply a replacement disk.

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June 18, 2012 at 01:14:35
U can't save installed programs, u need to download the setup of all your programs if u want to reinstall OS. Portable applications can be saved.

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June 18, 2012 at 04:10:45
Hi All,

surely Norton Ghost or similar would do this, but you would have to copy then restore the entire disc.

Is this C: drive?

Why does the disk need reformatting?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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June 18, 2012 at 07:11:58
Mike: Making an image of the hard drive and restoring would just bring over any corrupt system files and that would not help at all. That would be an answer if the OP was planning on moving to a larger drive, but "reformatting" usually means to those posting questions here that they are either infected or have corrupted system files and do not know how to proceed from there except by starting over.

Mebrooksby: To get the best solution to your problem, post the entire problem as well as list all that you have tried and the results. There may be a better way to fix your problem. Completely reinstalling your operating system is a viable solution to many problems, but there are often easier ways that will preserve your programs and your personal settings. I assume from your question that you have already backed up your files so I will skip that recommendation. The simple answer is NO, you cannot save the programs but you may be able to download some from their source or purchase inexpensively install disks without activation keys on sites like ebay and use those with your current activation key (for those that use them).

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June 18, 2012 at 08:01:32
Hi Fingers,

I agree with you on that, and did ask the questions asto why a reformat was required etc.

Seemed to me having W7, which is quite recent, someone should not necessarily be needing to reformat.

As you say, more (complete) information is required.

Regards - Mike

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