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Finding out what I have installed


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I need to reinstall windows on a new hard drive after a virus wiped out an important file. Thats no problem, however, i would really like to know exactly what I have installed on that drive, so as not to miss something when I am reinstalling it all.

I can't access the list from "Control Panel -> Add/delete Programs" (sorry if it sounds a bit strange, I am an English speaker but I am using a different language version of Windows, so my translations may not be 100% accurate :) ) because the operating system seems to be stuck in a reinstall loop (meaning when it boots now, it goes straight into the install routine, because I tried fixing the install but I needed a couple of files that seem to be gone, and I had no idea where I could get them from. So the reinstall had to be cancelled). But I have another hard drive i can connect, and through that one I can access all the partitions on both drives.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, is there a way to access the list of installed programs from another document stored somewhere in windows, a text file or a registry that would tell me what i have installed?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
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What OS are you running?
Have you tried a repair install on that drive?
Are you sure the virus is gone?

CCleaner (in my signature) will list the programs that are in the add/remove (on the functional drive only). If you are trying to find the programs on the drive (I assume) that you have hooked as a slave, I don't think there is a way other than just looking at all the folders.
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Installed programs are all listed in the Windows Registry sure enough, but you can't access it unless that particular install of Windows is actually running. With older versions of Windows, the Registry was made up from a combination of two system files which could be accessed even when that Windows installation would not run. With XP, however, the Registry has been rebuilt from the ground up and can't be accessed in that manner.
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Ok, thanks for the replies, it will have to be the 'hard' way then :)
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Download and Run Belarc Advisor from http://www.belarc.com (program is so small that it even fits on a floppy)

It will give you a very Detailed Profile (OS, Processor, Memory, HD size and free space, BIOS, Software Installed. Etc.) right on your Web Browser that you can print.

Very good when you have to get tech support.
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See this post by Ax238 List of installed software
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He has no OS access to the HD that he is trying to get the list of programs off of. If I read his post correct, the OS wont boot, so he can't install programs (belarc). Good thought though.
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