Preserving config across installations

If I were to wipe and reinstall Windows 7 on a partition, is there a way to preserve configuration, particularly for installed applications? For example, I don't want to have to re-download and re-install all of my games on Steam. I figure exporting and importing the registry would be a bad idea since it would inappropriately rewrite EVERY registry key, screwing everything up.

I meant to say that I want to install Windows 7's "memory" of installed applications, as well as the individual app configuration where that is stored in the registry.


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No there isn't, you will have to re-install all your 3rd party applications.

A small price to pay than going the upgrade route.

Just write down the list of programs that you want to re-install.

The registry idea would not work at all.

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