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rafikiphoto
Posted: October 15th, 2010, 8:24am Report to Moderator
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I run W7 Home Premium 32bit. The C: drive on my machine is kept exclusively for the OS. All programmes and their data are stored on the D: drive (partition).

I need to reinstall the OS and would like to format C: and get the job done. I would like to use WinRescue7 to backup the existing registry and restore it after the OS reinstall so that I won't have to reinstall all my many programmes on D:

I am a bit nervous about doing this and I have searched here but can't find step-by-step instructions for this chore. Can someone point me to instructions or give me help please?
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Posted: October 15th, 2010, 2:16pm Report to Moderator
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   That is pretty simple in WinRescue.  Just make a backup.  It will backup the registry by default.  You might want to look at the settings of the backup to make sure it will put the backup on D (it should put it in a subdirectory of WinRescue).  Then once you have reinstalled Windows, run WinRescue, go to the Crash Fixer tab, find the backup and restore the registry.
   I see one problem and that is that when you install new programs, they sometimes put files and drivers in the Windows directory, so you really need to backup the Windows directory too.  But if you are going to restore all of the files that were in Windows, why would you reformat?
   I guess you could just back up the registry, format, reinstall Windows, and then restore the registry.  Then see what works and what doesn't, and be ready to reinstall the programs that do not work.
   If you have damaged Windows and so what to reinstall, you can just reinstall Windows without formatting and it should keep the old registry in tact.
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Posted: October 15th, 2010, 2:32pm Report to Moderator
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  If you have damaged Windows and so what to reinstall, you can just reinstall Windows without formatting and it should keep the old registry in tact.


Thanks Ray. OIC, yes, Windows is somehow damaged: Windows Installer won't work and I've tried a myriad of 'solutions' suggested on the web to no avail. Other little niggly things suggest that all is not perfectly well so a reinstall is due I think. If I just reinstall it will leave the registry intact will it? That would mean all the programmes on D: should continue to work after the reinstallation then. Would you reinstall from within Windows or from a reboot?
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   If your problem involves the registry, then backing up the bad registry and then later restoring that bad registry in a reformatted and reinstalled Windows will not help.
   First I would try just reinstalling Windows without reformatting.  It is not too hard to do.  It would leave all of your programs in place.
   If that does not work, I think that your only option is to reformat, reinstall Windows, and reinstall all of your programs.
   Or you could put up with a Windows Installer that does not work.
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