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Hey everyone,

I am going to re-install Windows 7 within the next little bit here but before I do so I just am wondering if it's at all possible to just copy my full game directories over to my media server temporarily in order to save me the hassle of installing it again and then copy it back after I am done installing Windows 7?

I love how Mac applications are capable of doing this.. but something tells me Windows is not and I am stuck using the installer for everything?

Thanks,
Edited by revlimiter - 2/19/11 at 9:00pm
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4 out of 10 games will work this way. The only problem for you is the registry values. Some games can run without the older registry settings, they will create new ones as soon as they are run in a new environment. But most cant, they need their reg values to run.
I used to copy the reg values from within "registry editor" hk-local-machine/current-user sections along with the main game folder and save game folder. After reinstalling windows, I inserted those reg files in registry (after making necessary changes like changing the game location etc). This process worked for me many times. Just remember to backup all the save games, these days they save those in user documents folders.
    
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I know WoW, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, HoN, NFS: Shift, and all steam games will work this way. For steam games you just have to verify the files through steam and they'll be fine.
     
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If they're steam games, then they are already nocd patched and run without registries.

For this reason, you can move steam games around easily provided they are running in an active steam installation directory.

Otherwise, no. Most regular disc games cannot be ported, they install the key and install directory for reference in the registry.
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Thanks for the reply - I have decided that I will just use the game installers. I wonder when (or if) Windows will be able to fix this issue. I also use a Mac at home and I have got to say that I love how freakin easy application are to install. 9/10 the install process is non-existent and to delete a program you just drag it into the trash. Done!

Windows really messed things up with the registry thing IMO. It seems to be that the more the user installs/uninstalls games and applications incorrectly, the more the system will stutter.

Maybe this will just always be an issue with Windows?
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And yes, that is very true... perhaps I should just purchase all of my games through Steam in the future for this reason alone.
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