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Fresh re-install

Last response: in Windows Vista
January 7, 2011 10:37:02 PM

Hi All

I am looking to do a fresh Vista install on a new hard drive.

I have a lot of games on my current system, which are obviusly linked to registry keys in my old Vista O/S. Can I export the HKEY Current User and HKEY Current Machine software folders and import them into my fresh install, enabling the games to work on the fresh Vista install.

If this will not work, how can I get my games to work on the fresh install, without having to install the games from scratch?


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January 7, 2011 11:41:07 PM

creating an image of the partition w/ the OS on it.
it'll be an exact copy

i don't know a good one off hand, but a quick search of for 'drive image' or something like that should give u some programs to use
January 8, 2011 12:10:45 AM

Yes, but i want to do a fresh install of Vista, as my current o/s has problems and do not want to transfer these to new hard drive.
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January 8, 2011 1:44:24 AM

you need to to a fresh clean install otherwise the issues will come up again!
January 10, 2011 1:19:29 PM

i'd just do a fresh install of everything to avoid any issues.
moving registry keys around can introduce unintended affects

Perhaps this would be a good time to upgrade to Win7.
Buying the upgrade (instead of a full license) is much cheaper.
You can use the upgrade disk to do a clean instal on a new hard drive or partition in your computer