My pc wants can not reinstall software lost off HDD

vbimport

#1

i recently had remove one of my SATA HDD. it was my third one i used for storing games.
this was removed due to it dying on me and i re-arranged everything else and all is working fine.
No Virus, no hardware faults nothing.
all legal copies of all software.
when i try to re-install any of the software that was on the defunct HDD windows vista tells me there is an error on the H: drive (the one now dead and removed) and therefore can not continue to install.

i am getting really frustrated.
How do i stop windows seeing this HDD if it is not there. i have checked the admin tools and the HDD does not show up…help


#2

I was going to give you a suggestion but then realized your using vista, sorry man. Welcome to the forum anyways jjreynolds, someone will chime in :slight_smile:


#3

Did you uninstall the software prior removal?
I think you problem is in registry. Most likely there is a reference in there to those software and once you try to install, OS try to repair to H drive.


#4

thanks sounds right to me. how do i remove these from the registry…is there a way to do it


#5

Removing bits of each program from the registry could take forever. Personally, I’d just bite the bullet and reinstall everything :wink:


#6

i have been told that i might have old software links within my registry. when i try to re-install a game that was on an old HDD now removed the OS is trying to repair the link to the old HDD in order to re-install.
does anyone have any ideas how i go about removing these software links still remaining behind, so that i can re-install to a new location

many thanks


#7

You will need to clean the registry. You can google registry cleaners. Make sure that you search for reviews before you decide to use one, and that you make a backup of your registry. One wrong move in the registry, and you could render your pc useless… A cleaner that a lot of folks here have used (myself included), is cccleaner.

The best method, would be to format your pc and do a fresh install of windows, then reload all of your stuff. Just make sure you make a backup of anything that you might need. Formatting wipes out everything on your hard drive.


#9

[QUOTE=harley2ride;2094589]
The best method, would be to format your pc and do a fresh install of windows, then reload all of your stuff. Just make sure you make a backup of anything that you might need. Formatting wipes out everything on your hard drive.[/QUOTE]

I agree. :slight_smile:


#10

** Two threads merged **


#11

You can use the “Find” in the registry to find remnants. That’s what the “Find” is for…but yeah back up your registry before deleting anything.


#12

thanks for the help…i have now got rid of the links and am now installing my software again…you guys are great