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Here is how to find your Steam saved game files. Copy these files onto your external harddrive. After you reinstall Steam and redownload your games, put the save game files back in the relevant location (depending where you reinstalled Steam to).
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Ok. Let me restate everything now.

I have an external drive with Photo/Documents/Videos. Check.
I have a drive that has ONLY Windows and maybe 1 or 2 apps installed on it. No need to back this up.
I have a drive with applications that I will most likely have to reinstall anyways. However, I'd like to keep my Steam info/games/save points.

I WILL do a clean install. What do I need to do in order to at least back up the steam stuff?
I don't know how Steam handles it's saves... If you have Steam installed on your 3rd drive with apps so you could possibly recover the save files.
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ccleaner, use the reg cleaner and things might work its way out
Cant. Get error.
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Ok. Let me restate everything now.

I have an external drive with Photo/Documents/Videos. Check.
I have a drive that has ONLY Windows and maybe 1 or 2 apps installed on it. No need to back this up.
I have a drive with applications that I will most likely have to reinstall anyways. However, I'd like to keep my Steam info/games/save points.

I WILL do a clean install. What do I need to do in order to at least back up the steam stuff?
For steam just grab your whole steam folder and move it to the external, once your done with the windows install, install steam (just the app) then grab you origonal steam folder replace the new one with it (all the contents, just copy and overwrite them in).

before you re-install though you should try restore points or restore your windows backup using the windows recovery CD you made - this is what its for.

EDIT - they'll be an option from the CD to restore an extsting backup and asking you to point to it probabally - try that, the image you made an hour before you edited the reg should be totally clean.
Edited by Darren9 - 12/18/10 at 4:57pm
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I THINK ITS FIXED!!! CHEERS FOR JOY!

What I did was boot from my system recovery disk, then did a restore point. It automatically made one and it was from today! Things are back to normal and stuff works! First thing I will do is backup registry. Now, how do I change the default Install Directory for programs?

Is it necessary to do anything else? Now that I got it working I see no need to do a clean install. I will probably scan for reg errors in Ccleaner and just do a little cleaning. But of course, I'll back up the reg before that.

Thanks for everyone's help and I appreciate it so much.
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I don't know of a way to do that, I thought you just had to manually change it everytime you installed something?
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I THINK ITS FIXED!!! CHEERS FOR JOY!

What I did was boot from my system recovery disk, then did a restore point. It automatically made one and it was from today! Things are back to normal and stuff works! First thing I will do is backup registry. Now, how do I change the default Install Directory for programs?

Is it necessary to do anything else? Now that I got it working I see no need to do a clean install. I will probably scan for reg errors in Ccleaner and just do a little cleaning. But of course, I'll back up the reg before that.

Thanks for everyone's help and I appreciate it so much.
Don't - just change the path of individual apps in their installer when you install them
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Don't - just change the path of individual apps in their installer when you install them
Well that works for MOST installers, but some dont even allow you to do that.
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I THINK ITS FIXED!!! CHEERS FOR JOY!

What I did was boot from my system recovery disk, then did a restore point. It automatically made one and it was from today! Things are back to normal and stuff works! First thing I will do is backup registry. Now, how do I change the default Install Directory for programs?

Is it necessary to do anything else? Now that I got it working I see no need to do a clean install. I will probably scan for reg errors in Ccleaner and just do a little cleaning. But of course, I'll back up the reg before that.

Thanks for everyone's help and I appreciate it so much.
Meh, I don't think it's worth trying to change it. I mean, just always manually change the path as you see fit for each installation. Most installers even let you do this without needing to choose something like a Custom installation too! So when you install stuff, just be in the habit of being careful. It's actually way easier than it sounds (I am speaking from experience).

Anyway, I say you're 100% finished with this task (nice work, too - I am jealous because I don't have any backups of any kind).

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Well that works for MOST installers, but some dont even allow you to do that.
They all do! So, just be in the habit of always looking for a "Custom" installation or something. After all, it's your computer, so be in control of it!
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Meh, I don't think it's worth trying to change it. I mean, just always manually change the path as you see fit for each installation. Most installers even let you do this without needing to choose something like a Custom installation too! So when you install stuff, just be in the habit of being careful. It's actually way easier than it sounds (I am speaking from experience).

Anyway, I say you're 100% finished with this task (nice work, too - I am jealous because I don't have any backups of any kind).


They all do! So, just be in the habit of always looking for a "Custom" installation or something. After all, it's your computer, so be in control of it!
Thanks so much for your help TwoCables. You and the other helpers most certainly deserve rep.

I've been downloading many things for months and have figuring out ways how to change the install location. I've ran into two program installers that don't have this option. (Yes, I've looked) The first is Google Earth. Second is a DivX installer. Forgot which one.
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