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Restore Registry = Restore Installed Programs?

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My xp is installed on my C:
And all the softwares I installed are on D:

I know that I would have to reinstall all the softwares if I reformat C: to reinstall XP because the registry is new.

So, If I want to preserve my softwares, can I just backup the registry on D:, reinstall XP on C:, then restore the registry?

If not, what's the easiest way to reinstall xp without having to reinstall all the softwares?
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You cannot transfer programs from one installation to another. Even if you copy files and transplant the registry the programs will still not work without reinstalling.

One possible solution for the future is to buy a copy of Norton Ghost or Acronis TrueImage or any other similar disk cloning software. You build the installation with all your programs and then you take a copy of it. When you want to wipe the machine you just simply copy the image back to the drive.

Here's a nice article on how to do it:
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