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May 2, 2013 12:09:06 PM

Hi! My name is Boutchoo, and I would like to have some clearification ( if it's a word).
I'll make it simple:

1-I bought a new SSD Samsung 840 Pro (first time ssd!)

2-I would like to install a Fresh copy of my windows 7 64bit home premium on it.

3-The problem is that I have programs with my fav settings already installed on my current HDD (program file (x86) and program files).

4-Exemple: Dxtory, Sony Vegas Pro, X264, After Effect,Winrar,uTorrent (with old version without ads), Daemon Tool Lite, Cheat engine, etc.

5-So, is it possible to copy those programs on another HDD or USB, then install my OS on my new SSD, then copy/paste my programs from my HDD/USB to the Program File inside my SSD?

6-The worste thing that can happen in my life is to Format things. I never formatted any HDD/Ipods/etc. I hate that. Loosing all the settings you've been working on to be the way you like just to delete them after.

7-So yeah, that was my story! I hope someone could answer this for me :)  And sometimes, I don't remeber like a link of a program or is now no more downloadable, so this is why I would like to do copy of my favorite programs and keep them as they were!

Peace, Boutchoo :) 

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May 2, 2013 12:18:54 PM

5-So, is it possible to copy those programs on another HDD or USB, then install my OS on my new SSD, then copy/paste my programs from my HDD/USB to the Program File inside my SSD?

No. The best way is to just bite the bullet and reinstall everything. A lot of the settings are held in the Registry and other places (Users/Boutchoo/AppData). Since you're installing Win7 new on the SSD, they know nothing about your old program files.
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May 2, 2013 12:25:28 PM

Can you new machine handle virtualization?

I would simply virtualize it using the freeware from VMware. You retain the complete working environment but I haven't tested gaming or serious 3D applications. I don't know how those would perform but as long as VMware tools are installed then you should be able to do mostly everything.

If you don't know if your machine can handle that then post your specs and I will show you instructions if it can work
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May 2, 2013 12:47:59 PM

USAFRet said:
5-So, is it possible to copy those programs on another HDD or USB, then install my OS on my new SSD, then copy/paste my programs from my HDD/USB to the Program File inside my SSD?

No. The best way is to just bite the bullet and reinstall everything. A lot of the settings are held in the Registry and other places (Users/Boutchoo/AppData). Since you're installing Win7 new on the SSD, they know nothing about your old program files.


So in fact, there's no way I can do some ISO or vitrual stuff to make my SSD believe those programs was already install? It would be a big shock for me loosing my Dxtory settings +x264 all set (took my a week to tweak it perfectly) and all my Utorrent settings and Sony suff :/ 


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May 2, 2013 1:00:33 PM

Yes you can virtualize. Depending if your new system can handle it.

Read my previous post and provide your system specs and I can assist setting that up. The process is easier than it sounds.
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May 2, 2013 1:15:39 PM

Boutchoo said:


So in fact, there's no way I can do some ISO or vitrual stuff to make my SSD believe those programs was already install? It would be a big shock for me loosing my Dxtory settings +x264 all set (took my a week to tweak it perfectly) and all my Utorrent settings and Sony suff :/ 



You can create a virtual copy of your existing drive. The OS, applications, etc, etc. Run it as a Virtual Machine.
However....Some things do not traverse the virtual->host interface well. Games, 3D, video recording. As well as losing most of the benefit of the SSD - speed.

But no...there is no way to fool the new OS installation on the SSD to think that stuff is installed where it should be.


If your hardware supports it, virtualize the existing OS and all of the stuff.
Install everything new on the SSD.
You can then refer to the VM instance to see exactly what settings you made in the past, and make those same changes on the new installation. Much easier than trying to remember all of the settings.
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