My PC's becoming fairly sluggish so I've decided to restore it to its factory settings.Its a 5yr old IBM machine using XP pro. Since I bought it i've added an extra HD. However there are 2 or 3 programmes on my original HD I would really like to keep but I don't have the installation CD's etc. Can I use Window's Backup facility to copy these programmes on to my extra HD, perform the factory settings operation and then restore the backups? Would this work? Dont want to lose anything. Thanks.
This will return the PC to exactly as it was when you bought it, and the Windows Registry will have no record of the programmes you have installed since. So, I am sorry to say, you will need installation disks or, if they were downloads, the original setup files to reinstall the software.
Drive Images are not the answer. And just copying the program '.exe' file won't work either because the registry won't have the '.dll' files etc.
But i copied all my programs ,using Nero.Then put them all back on to my new computer.That worked for me.I clicked on "back up data" on Nero,then backed up my programs on to a disc and installed them all back on my new computer.