Adding Programs after reinstall of windows.

Microsoft Windows vista home premium 64-...
July 3, 2010 at 13:20:34
Specs: Vista Premium - 64-bit
I have reinstalled windows recently.
i didnt format the hard drive to save various bits of data without needing to backup

the reinstall has fixed the initial problem and i have got everything working fine however many of my programs have stopped working and needed to be reinstalled, others (mostly games and small utilities) still work but are not detected by windows in the 'programs and features' menu.

so my question is: how do i add programs to 'programs and features'?

and also was there a better way of me reinstalling windows that would have saved me all the bother?

and finally did i need to reinstall the programs that didnt work? or is there a way to fix them for future referance.

i havnt had many os related problems in the past so i'm a bit of a nubben when it comes to backuping os reinstallation.


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July 3, 2010 at 14:59:33
First thing you should have done was to backup your personal files that you don't want to loose, to usb drive, flash drive, cd/dvd, this you should anyway regardles if you have problems or not.
Two ways to save, either copy the files over or use the Vista Easy Transfer Wizard to save files and settings.
You could have tried the Vista repair install option before a full reinstall.
You will always need to reinstall your programs after reinstalling the OS as they need to make changes to the reistry to work.
Now we have that out of the way, if you look in the root folder of C: check to see if you have a Windows.old folder which may contain your data files that you want to recover.
After you get any files you need moved over to where they need to be, you can delete this folder to reclaim the space.
If and when you need to reinstall, save your files and do a clean install by formatting the drive.

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July 4, 2010 at 07:55:10
I knew that none of the files would be lost so i kind of assumed a backing up wouldnt be nessacary.

I tried vista easy transfer but i didnt like gathering settings from the same hard drive it was installed on. (thinking about it now i might have been able to move my docs file to a usb and get windows to do the moving for me rather than doing it manually)

there are a few programs from the windows.old folder that still work. i know on xp etc you could add them to the registry using 'add/remove programs' menu but in vista they seem to have removed the add function. i was mostly wondering if i could still add in a similar way or whether it is no longer possible.

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