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Windows 7: backup games / Windows fresh install

26 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
backup games / Windows fresh install

I have about 10 games installed on E partition
And i want to do a OS fresh install ( only C partition ) Will the games work after i do the fresh install of Windows ?
Could i make a backup and restore them after the OS install ? I already saved all the saved games, just in case.
But i don't want to install all the 10 games, after i install Windows, it would take a long time.
Any ideas, guys ? Could i use Acronis True Image, for backup, maybe ? Will that work ? Would all the games start normally, after i recover them ?
Thanks, any ideas are welcome

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27 May 2013   #2
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

If you do a fresh install, you lose the registry entries, user, appdata, etc for the games. So unless they are old standalone games that don't use what I mentioned, they probably won't work by just using the executable on your E partition. I have Steam games on my D drive, and if I restore my system drive, then play the game from Steam, it will do a "first time startup" or something similar to that. Doesn't take long as it doesn't re-download the entire game.
I can then move my saves back in from where I've stored them as a backup.
For non-steam games I just reinstall them, then move the save games back. That's the main thing, saving the saves, and you've done that. I assume you have them saved off the C partition, otherwise they could get deleted when you do a fresh install.
Taking an image of the games on the E partition won't work if you're doing a fresh install. That will only back up your game files. Your fresh install will still destroy the system entries I mentioned in the first sentence above.
Re-installing the games is your best option.
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27 May 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

you mite want to back up the game saves before you move anything.
appadata may hold several of them.
some saves may be in your documents folder also.
if you cant find a gamesave then usually a quick Google yield the locations
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