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Windows 7: How to install program files

06 May 2009   #1
tunesmith

vista & Xp Pro
 
 
How to install program files

How do I get the programs found in the old windows file to work. do they have to be re-installed, or can they be easily reactivated some how?

Thanks - Jim


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07 May 2009   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jim and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sometimes you can just create a shortcut from that program's exe location, and use it to run the program from there. However, it's usually best to just reinstall the program.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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07 May 2009   #3
johngalt

 

In addition to what Brink said, in most cases when you install a program, it is not only copying files to a location under Program Files - it is also usually copying files to either somewhere in the windows tree (DLLs) or else somewhere in the users tree (Settings files). Without those in place there is a slightly better than even chance that your app simply will not work.

Even worse, though, is that almost *all* program write info to the registry, and those are usually more required for operation than the files can be - usually without the appropriate reg entries about 75% of programs will fail.

Therefore, the best bet is to simply re-install them.
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07 May 2009   #4
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

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07 May 2009   #5
tunesmith

vista & Xp Pro
 
 

Why then does Windows 7 create an old windows program file?
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07 May 2009   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Tunesmith,

The Windows.old folder is the backed up contents of the previous OS that you have installed on top of. That's all.
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