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Thanks for the advice!

I have been thinking about it, but I think the only downside to having this image, is what if I get new game - I have to make a new image.

I think from now on I'm just going to buy my games on Steam instead. They seem to be alot easier to migrate.
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It's good practice to image the system partition right after OS install, update, and activation. Keep a copy of one pristine image, then add incremental changes when you need.

If you have favorite games, plan to install those after a fresh OS install and make another image. Also, image the drive/partition with the games.

The free Seagate tools now come with an Acronis utility (not the whole Acronis imaging program) to create, save, restore images.
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The thing is the first image will only take you like 5-10 minutes...

For every 10 GB you add, you can add 5 minutes...

So if your total disc size is say 80 GB, it will take you about 30-40 minutes to make the image, sometimes less!

(My SSD to HDD can compress & image 40 GB in like 12 minutes)

What really matters is how fast your hard drive is, and where you are saving it..

If you have 2 drives this goes significantly faster!

Sometimes it can take as much as an hour, though this is A LOT of data, the good news is, you can take a break or do it in the night and select the check box, shut down when completed, which is a good way to end the day, with a backup!!!

"Any data you don't have 3 copies of, is data you don't care if you lose."
(forget the person who said this, but it's SO TRUE!)

That's essentially why we make & do backups, all IT Pros know this, you should too!
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I've been suffering through this/trying to figure out how to auto-install not just games but apps in general. The problem with modern games is the activation stuff. Some games you don't have to worry about that (like Guild Wars and WoW) and some you just get lucky (Oblivion, FO3 I assume, just a CD check I believe) and some it's gets a little harder with online activation. I haven't had to re-install SC2 yet but I assume I will still have to activate the install before logging in. I think GTAIV has some kind of activation as well. Also I think just about everything remotely associated with EA.

For some games at least they'll use something like the MSI package installer it's relatively easy: you can "silent install" to the default location with lets say
install.msi /qr
If you wanted to install to some non-C: drive location that may not help.

So basically you would copy the contents of your install CDs to a location on your hard drive or to a USB drive or whatever and then after re-installing Windows you would do a "command line install" of your games one by one. There's a terrific article over at appdeploy.com to get you started. It would take some time and trail and error to really get everything right. But when you're all done you'd have an easy to way to add games as you wanted them.

There's also scanning the registry before and after a game install but again you'd run into trouble with online activation stuff and it would require a lot of trial and error for your particular games.
 
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