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    Reinstalled XP Pro - Program Files still there

    I'm using XP Pro. After my computer crashed, probably due to a virus, I tried doing a repair, but it didn't work, so I reinstalled XP, using the "keep existing files" option instead of formatting the hard drive. All my personal data was backed up, so I didn't lose anything. I got Windows up and running, ran multiple virus scans (installed one, uninstalled it, then repeated with another) and got rid of several malware files. All seems well, and I've started reinstalling my files.

    I just noticed that all my old programs are still in c:\program files, and all the ones I've tried so far will run when I click the executable from the folder in c. But, presumably, they got blown away from the registry, so they don't show up in the start menu, the add/remove programs, etc.

    Is there a way to either get Windows and the registry to recognize these programs?

    Or, if there isn't, is there a clean way to get rid of them? Some have uninstall files, and I can try those. Is it safe to just delete the folder from c:\program files for the others?

    Thanks!

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    I would try running the uninstalls, either from the corresponding C:\Program Files directory and/or from Add or Remove Programs, then remove the directory from C:\Program Files (if it's still there).
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    Cool

    The information needed to do a Windows Un-Install of any program is in the registry. When you re-installed XP you blew off that old registry and so lost the ability to UN-Install any program. They are now knows as 'orphans' and yes you can just re-install those programs that you want to use, or Delete the ones you don't.
    I guess you didn't know about the NON-Destructive method of re-installing XP, Eh?
    I thought that was written up and discussed at length somewhere in this forum, just a while back.
    That method retains your registry and the links to all your programs.
    (I work many different forums and it's hard to remember just what is where)

    I did it on my own PC, just testing, and it worked like a champ. Windows was completely renewed,
    but no program or data file was lost in the process. I got back several windows functions that had just quit working. That was truly a GOOD DAY!)

    Experience is truly the best teacher.

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    Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
    ByFred LangaInformationWeek
    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM

    I'd bookmark this site, it's still very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
    ByFred LangaInformationWeek
    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM

    I'd bookmark this site, it's still very useful.
    I concur, Have used it dozens of times. Requires updating Security patches but installed programs and data are secure. never a problem. And I often recommend it to others.

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    Highly recommend!!!Another One of Fred's many excellent post articles. His articles are invaluable!!


    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=189400897

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    Fred's article

    Great article, shame about the links...

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