Philip_Yip
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Re: If I had to replace an SSD, would I have to re-install all the programs on the HDD?

There needs to be registry entries on the OS Boot Drive for programs to work.

Lets say you installed Microsoft Windows on your SSD and it has the drive letter C:\.

Then you make an Image of this install call it Image1 and you save it to your external Hard Drive E:\.

Then you install Microsoft Office on the D:\. This will create registry entries and program shortcuts on the C:\ Drives.

Then you make an Image of this install call it Image2 and you save it to your external Hard Drive E:\.

If you restore Image1 to C:\ the program shortcuts for Microsoft Office won't be present on D:\. You can go into D:\Program Files\... and launch the .exe but it will fail to launch as there are no registry entries for Microsoft Office on D:\ (and Product Activation issues).

If you restore Image2 to C:\ Microsoft Office will continue to work.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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