programme backup & re-install

  250diesel 10:07 19 Jan 07

I am going to upgrade my system - new motherboard;new processor;extra memory; plus installing Windows XP Pro to replace XP Home.
Therefore obviously I do not want to backup my whole system.
Is it possible to save my many installed programmes by burning their 'programme folder' to disc, to re-install after the upgrade? If at all possible I do not want to have to re-install them from their original discs (some of which I do not have) and re-download their updates and patches.
I have already saved the work I have done using these programmes.
Thanks for any help.

  Diodorus Siculus 10:37 19 Jan 07

It's next to impossible to backup and resinstall programs because of the many changes made to the registry when they are installed; as you will have a different OS installed, even saving the keys in the registry will not work.

  250diesel 13:28 19 Jan 07

Thanks Diodorus Siculus for your help and the information.
It looks as if I am in for many hours of installing and updating.
250 diesel

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