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Storage Skip Reinstalling Games

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bugste81, 5 Nov 2011.

  1. Bugste81

    Bugste81 Stephen

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    I've got Windows 7, applications and games on my Samsung 1TB F3 Hard drive. I've just bought a Crucial M4 64BG SSD. I'll do a fresh windows install onto it. But is there any way to play my games that are already installed on the F3 Hard drive with out reinstalling them e.g. Copy the registry across to the Crucial M4?
     
  2. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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  3. Zurechial

    Zurechial Elitist

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    Many games and applications work just fine without the registry entries usually created at installation, or they recreate them automatically when missing.

    I rarely 'properly' reinstall my games regardless of whether they're from discs or Steam.

    I can't stand the registry and am actually happier to run things in a 'portable' format anyway.
     
  4. AstralWanderer

    AstralWanderer What's a Dremel?

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    Unless you can replicate exactly the software setup on your original disk (including for example, components like DirectX, VC++, .NET, Windows Installer and MS XML) then you are likely to create lots of hard-to-diagnose problems doing this.

    Zurechial's advice is probably the best - try running the game, as many will recreate any needed Registry entries (you will probably need to reconfigure graphics, sound and keyboard options). If a game doesn't work or behaves strangely, re-install it.
     

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