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Can i Retrieve programs from other Hard Drives?


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kevinski

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Hey, i have two hard drives and i have just had to install windows xp on my other hard drive because the other hard drive wasn't starting windows up.

the reason i did it was so i could keep my existing important files (too many to copy onto a cd).

now, some programs that were installed and registered on my other hard drive still work, but a lot of them don't (like photoshop 7.0, and autocad 2004)

can i fix this without having to reinstall the original programs?
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How did you do that? If you used drive to drive copy the second drive will be a clone of your old drive. If you got a new drive the software for D-to-D should be on the cd. If not, you can download it from the new drive mfrs. website.
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i have windows installed on both hard drives

but there are programs installed with my old windows xp (the one i don't use because it's broken) and i want to access them without having to re-install them.

can it be done?
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kevinski...

Instead of installing a fresh version of XP on your secondary hard drive, you should of done a REPAIR INSTALLATION of XP on your first hard drive, using the link in my signature as a guide. All of your programs will work after this and you won't lose any files or settings. This only replaces the operating system files (C:\WINDOWS). You will need to redo all Windows Updates after doing this.

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tried that 3 times and every time the problem was not repaired, i also ran several virus scans with different anti-virus programs to confirm that it wasn't a virus that caused the problem.

so i installed xp on my other hard drive. (it may have been a rash decision but i had to complete an essay)

and i knew about having to redo all the updates and i've done this now.

can i get my programs (from the broken version of xp) to work on this installation of xp?

Edited by kevinski, 30 November 2005 - 06:52 PM.

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Howdy:

As per earlier, unless you copied an image of the original configuration from the bad hdd to the new one, your answer is NO.. The programs will have to be re-installed!!

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how would i have copied an image of the original configuration onto the new HDD?

when i run program shortcuts now they say they can't find a .dll file.

the thing is, i can find it in their program folders.

can't i somehow make the program use it again?
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How did you do that? If you used drive to drive copy the second drive will be a clone of your old drive. If you got a new drive the software for D-to-D should be on the cd. If not, you can download it from the new drive mfrs. website.


Did you read Post #2?? Or, you could have used Drive Image (not free)..

Why not just re-install the missing programs?? As these are commercial programs, you must have bought them therefore, should have the cd's !!!

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