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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on new HDD


05 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on new HDD

Hi everyone!

I'll be installing windows 7 on my new HDD but can I still run some of my games and application on my old HDD?


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05 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome Haqeem18 to the windows 7 forum.

The simple answer is NO. Unless you install your games and applications on your new HDD.
Normally when applications and games are installed, they install .dll and other files in the windows system
or system 32 directory. If you try to run the games on your old HDD, these files will not be on your new HDD.

Rich
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05 Nov 2012   #3
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Some games will run from the .exe in their Program Folder but it's not a permanent solution, so you're best to reinstall them as Rich suggests.

Besides you'll eventually want to delete the old OS on the HD to recover that space, moving the data off to another partition you shrink to create first. Then you can delete the old OS partition when ready.
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06 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all of your answer.So now I just gona reinstall my fav. application on my new HDD and let say if i want to play some game on my old HDD,I can just boot on my old HDD.Thanks
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06 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by haqeem18 View Post
Thanks for all of your answer.So now I just gona reinstall my fav. application on my new HDD and let say if i want to play some game on my old HDD,I can just boot on my old HDD.Thanks
What operating system is on your old HD?

If it's the same version of Windows 7, why not clone it onto the new drive? There are utilities for that. I've used Acronis True Image. (It's not free.)
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06 Nov 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

To try running a game from the new OS browse to the Program Folder on the old OS HD, run the .exe. Steam will run this way, as will some others. If not you'll know you must reinstall it.
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06 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by haqeem18 View Post
Thanks for all of your answer.So now I just gona reinstall my fav. application on my new HDD and let say if i want to play some game on my old HDD,I can just boot on my old HDD.Thanks
What operating system is on your old HD?

If it's the same version of Windows 7, why not clone it onto the new drive? There are utilities for that. I've used Acronis True Image. (It's not free.)
I have a Windows 7 home premium on my old drive.i want to have a clean install of Windows 7 ultimate on my new drive since my old drive is kindda heavy now.
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06 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
To try running a game from the new OS browse to the Program Folder on the old OS HD, run the .exe. Steam will run this way, as will some others. If not you'll know you must reinstall it.
Okay,thanks for the info!
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