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Windows 7: Not re-installing programs in separate D: drive upon windows 7 install

06 Apr 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Not re-installing programs in separate D: drive upon windows 7 install

Is there a software allowing you not not to re-install programs in my separate D: drive upon windows 7 reinstall?

Some apps still work after windows reinstall; other don't!
A software that copies registry entries and other needed files and puts them back in after a clean install.

My C: SSD is for windows and apps that are native to C drive.

Most of my other apps are in my separate D: drive.

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06 Apr 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

When you do a clean install of Windows 7 their should not be any 3rd party programs installed. When you do the install their should only be the destination drive installed. If you are using a DVD of course it will also have to be hooked up.

Exactly what programs are you referring to?

Looking at your previous threads it could be I.E. 11.
I would suggest not removing Internet Explorer.

Could you complete this tutorial by Golden so we can have a look at things.
It will give us a better idea of what you have.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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06 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


I am referring to 3rd party apps!
I have most of them installed in my separate D: drive!

Disk Management capture attached!

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06 Apr 2017   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I'm not understanding your problem.

If you are wanting to do a Clean Install on Disk '0' and Disk '1' is disconnected, how in the world are you getting the programs that are on Disk '1' partition 'D' included with your install of Windows 7 on Disk '0'?

No 3rd party programs are installed when doing a Clean Install.
Now if your question is how to get your 3rd party programs on your Disk '0' after you have completed your Clean Install, the answer is simple.
Do fresh/clean install of the programs you desire to your 'C' partition on Disk '0'.

I see Disk '1' has a lot of data. You can plug it back in if you desire.
Personally I leave all Drives not in use unplugged except my DVD player.
If you normally use Drive '1' a lot you can keep it plugged in.
If Drive '1' is used for your backups, I would keep it unplugged unless using it.
It keep you data safer.

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06 Apr 2017   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


It's not a problem!
It's a question! :)

You didn't understand!

C: (drive 0) is dedicated for windows mostly and a few apps! When i install windows, it's obvious its going to wipe out C: drive.

D: (drive 1) is another internal "separate" drive on my Desktop. it's where i have documents and most applications.

Installing windows will not change anything in D: drive, apart that many programs in it will not work with the new windows install. They need to be re installed! You understand?

I am asking if there is a solution for that?
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06 Apr 2017   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Nothing will change on Drive '1' if it's not hooked up when you install Windows 7, period.
Yes, their is a chance that problems can occur if you have Drive '1' hooked up when you install Windows 7 on Drive'0'.
That is why I posted to have it unhooked when installing Windows 7.

I know of no better way other than installing programs clean,fresh, new after a Clean Install.
Many times when moving a program from one drive, (where it is saved) to a Clean Install drive, I have problems with that program. So I always install all programs fresh/new on the drive I just installed Windows 7 on.

If this doesn't answer you question another member will have to; because we are not on the same page.

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06 Apr 2017   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I def appreciate you, and your help!

But you are complicating :)

C will be wiped out! And whatever is to be on it will be installed clean! This is the standard process. So i won't be copying apps from another drive to C.

What i am talking about here is my D: (drive 1) HD! Because the program registry entries are linked to the C drive, that's where regedit is, in "C:\Windows". When windows is re installed the links break!

And because i can be picky and spend much time tweaking and configuring software like cubase to my liking; it's a pain in the ass to install and tweak everything again. That's all i am talking about! And yes i have all this stuff in my D drive.
I would like to know if there is some solution for that. Some software to make the programs work again without having to install everything again.

I am by no means acting like i'm outsmarting you or whatever; it's normal you do things and think differently when it comes to computers. But do you understand it now? If not, would be great if you can hook another gold member like you on the thread. Maybe he will get it.

Trust me there are many simple concepts i don't grasp or understand at times. So no one is better here :)
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06 Apr 2017   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I think I got it.
You want to be sure programs that are on Drive '1' with all their tweaks will link up properly to Drive '0' after you install Windows 7.

In my experience some will and some won't. That is why I do fresh installs of such programs and redo the tweaks.
Don't worry their will be others by to voice/type their ideas and experiences.

I will put in a request to other members for their input.

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06 Apr 2017   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

+1 with Jack; the "original" Windows on C remembers quite a bit about what was installed on D, registry, shortcuts, etc. The clean install Windows will not have any of that "old memory" about anything installed on D. After your fresh reinstall, very likely, even though everything on D is untouched, unchanged, you will have re-educate [very probably via 3rd party program re-installs] the "new" C Windows about the stuff that was installed on D. I have to hurry off to PE class, I hope I read the thread correctly.
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06 Apr 2017   #10

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

There are two Possible solutions to what you wish to do - Neither of which are simple or guaranteed to work. It may be possible to slipstream the programs you want into the install media used for windows - This is done in many large multinational companies where Images are used to create the system software and all the software needed for the work performed in a single install, which is then loaded onto hundreds or thousands of systems . There are tutorials available for the methods of producing these media but I'm not sure if the large amount of work involved would be worth it as it would likely take considerably longer to set-up that what you are doing at present.

One thing that may work is to export the Registry branches for the software (that set's the location and special settings) and re-install these after a standard regular re-install. The possible data stored other than in the Registry would need to be considered to.

All of this would take a lot of research and it's possibility for success would depend on the information being available and someone having the time and will to get things done - I've seen similar re-install augmentation done with program like the Firefox browser, which has all it's main settings in a profile file which makes thins easier
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