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I just ordered a M4 for my new boot drive, so I am going to install the same OEM Win7 I used with my WD Black. My question is if I installed the SSD by unplugging the HDD first den with W7 installed, by plugging the WD back in. Am I able to still utilise the apps on the HDD without changing anything?

Apps like Battlefield BC2 and Autocad and Photoshop.
    
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No,unfortunetly,you would have to reinstall your apps,games etc,as your old win install would contain all the registry entries needed by them.
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But, I am using the same disc, does changing the boot drive change the registry as well?
    
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Does it include Microsoft Office as well?
    
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help?
    
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You will need to install windows on the new SSD, then re-install all your apps fresh. The reason is that your apps may well be ok on the HDD, however the fresh windows install will not be able to see them without having the necessary registry values for them.
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You will need to install windows on the new SSD, then re-install all your apps fresh. The reason is that your apps may well be ok on the HDD, however the fresh windows install will not be able to see them without having the necessary registry values for them.
+1 rep for you tho, perfect ans.

Really a hassle to reinstall Battlefield, Fifa, Photoshop, Autocad, Sketchup, Chrome, GTA 4, iTunes, Microsoft Office, Daemon all over again lol.

BTW if I do this, I can just install the games that I have downloaded from steam without actually re-downloading the entire game again right?
    
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Yes.. Most folk just save the whole steam folder, then re-install Steam. However I just save the Steamapps folder, then re-install Steam once windows is setup.
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Yes.. Most folk just save the whole steam folder, then re-install Steam. However I just save the Steamapps folder, then re-install Steam once windows is setup.
Aite thanks alot! Thank god I have a 6 week holiday coming up to take care of redownloading the apps. Gonna have to resist the urge of installing the SSD that is sitting on my desk for 2 weeks before the break begins though
    
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That list of apps is REALLY short, so you shouldn't be too worried. Man, I'd be thrilled to only have to install 10 programs.
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