If you do a clean install of the OS, your programs will need reinstalled. Most programs make several registry entries. Simply copying the programs over doesn't copy over the necessary registry entries and so the program won't run. if you are only changing your hard drive and graphics card, you should just be able to clone your current hard drive to your new hard drive. However, it is not recommended to clone a hard drive to an SSD. If using only hard drives, the steps are:
1. clone hard drive
2. replace boot drive with the new clone and see if it boots up ok and all is fine.
3. Uninstall all video card software & drivers.
4. Install new video card and drivers.
Just changing video cards does not require a clean install of the OS.
Well maybe I did not fully explain myself in my first post. I am going from an Intel ssd to OCZ ssd. But when I
installed my OS on my Intel SSD I did not put in AHCI mode, which I have read is not a good thing if you are using and ssd(noob mistake i know). now every workaround I have tried to correct that fails. So the only way I can solve that is to do a fresh install. I am also upgrading my graphics at the same time as well because I have heard that you need a clean OS install if you go from ATI to Nvidia for best performance. so mise well take care of 2 upgrades with 1 fresh install.
So thats what I am looking for is something that just backs up everything but the OS. kind of and odd request but was just wondering if anyone knew of such a program/service.
Well, what I said, still goes. You can easily copy data files like photos, videos, office files, and such from one computer to another. Programs typically need reinstalled if you do a clean install of an OS. Any backup software including the one included with windows can backup your data files.