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Thread: Just did a WinXP fresh install, and it won't recognize my al

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2002


    Ok, so here's the deal. I have two hard drives:
    C - Windows, Drivers, Tweaking Files, etc.
    D - Programs, Games, etc.

    I did this so that if I ever needed to do a fresh install of WinXP, I wouldn't have to reload all of my data and applications that are on my D drive.

    I recently reloaded WinXP, and now whenever I click on the .exe file of my games (on D), Windows acts as if it's never seen the game before, and gives me the "Install" option instead of the "Play" option.

    I'm guessing that somewhere in my registry are keys that tell windows what programs are loaded where, and WinXP is missing these right now. Am I correct? If so, what section of my registry should I save so that I don't have to reinstall all my games after every fresh coat of WinXP? Or should I just copy my registry completely so that I don't ever have to do a post-WinXP load tweak session?
    Owner of the computer "Alatar the Blue"

    Athlon XP FX-53
    MSI NeoPlatinum2
    2 GB Kingston PC 3200 CL2 RAM
    ATI x800 XT
    Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS
    21" Viewsonic Flat CRT
    Logitech Z-680 speakers
    2 x WD Raptor II
    120 GB Western Digital SE SATA HD
    Windows XP Home SP2

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2002


    When you reinstalled you lost all those registry entries. Make a ghost on CD-RWs when your happy with setup. You'll have to reinstall everything again. Sorry.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2003


    You are correct in asuming that the registry is the source of your problems.

    It is best to just reinstall the game but if you wish to tweak the registry (and accept the risk that you may screw up your computer) it is possible to move the settings over.

    I do not recommend that you copy the whole registry because that brings over a bunch of junk that you dont need.

    Most of the data for the Games you want are subkeys of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\. Just export the key for the game you want, save it do a disk and import it after you reinstall.
    However some programs disperse settings througout the registry, for example file type assocation settings. This means that while you may be able to get a game to run you still may be missing some settings.

    There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who don''''t.

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