How can I re-install software from an external hard drive after re-installing Windows?

Alan Trinder August 23, 2012
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Following all the disk size problems I have had, I am thinking of changing my operating system from 32bit to 64bit.

I have the windows DVD so no problem there but I will need to back up my software on to a hard drive to reinstall as many do not have original DVDs. My files are all backed up on a WD 1TB book drive so I should be able to recover them no problem.

I would welcome any comments on the best way to do this or even if I am silly to do this. My understanding is that I will need to back up all software and then reinstall them (if I still want them) one by one. Will  Windows do this? Please note, I am a user, not qualified as a Geek.

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