Copy installed & preloaded programs to disk for reinstall

January 7, 2012 at 17:31:08
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2GHz/2.0Gb
I'm thinking about upgrading my PC from WIN XP to WIN 7. To do so MS says I must reinstall all of my programs after installing WIN 7. I don't have all of the original CDs, and some of the programs came preloaded on my PC (Gateway 55GR w/ 2Gb memory).
How can I copy the installed programs to CD or DVD so they will work as installation disks?
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THANKS!!

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#1
January 7, 2012 at 19:34:21
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#2
January 7, 2012 at 21:44:42
You need the installation disks, there's no way around it.

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#3
January 8, 2012 at 04:19:45
Installers are complex. Creating an install disk can be a challenge for the original program developer. For anyone else it is essentially impossible.

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#4
January 8, 2012 at 05:34:45
Sorry, there is no way around it.
See if you can download the programs, possibly a newer version of it and store those on a flash drive.
Test your Windows 7 compatibility first before purchasing, go to Windows 7 website to avoid other issues. You may want to add more memory before converting (3GB to 4GB for 32bit and 4GB or more for 64bit).
Download all of your systems Windows 7 drivers to a flash drive before you begin.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
January 8, 2012 at 16:19:59
Just for info, the reason this is near impossible is because all programs have registry entries which are created during install. Without them they won't work.
To make matters worse the required registry entries (and possibly file locations) are likely to be different in Win7.

In fact I have done it but it is one heck of a task and far too complex to explain on a forum.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
January 8, 2012 at 17:56:11
Thanks for the feedback(s)!
Its' just as I suspected . . . I'll just have to get my hands on program disks in some way ~

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#7
January 8, 2012 at 18:29:26
Thx for popping back anyhow.


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