Windows 10: install software or games without overwriting data already on computer Solved

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  1.    18 Jan 2018 #1

    install software or games without overwriting data already on computer


    Hi I have a problem I am buying my brothers computer with windows 10 and it has all my data from my old hard drive all moved onto the computer. But I'm getting worried if I install old software/games that I had on my old laptop using the data to remember what i had will it overwrite the whole folder or will it allow me to just not overwrite the folder where my data has been saved and just add the data that is missing or will I just have to install the whole software/game again thanks
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  2.    18 Jan 2018 #2

    There is no information in your system specs in your profile, we don't know what build version of Windows you are running, we don't know what version of Windows the games were installed on. Much more information is needed to assist in answering your questions...
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  3.    18 Jan 2018 #3

    I need to wait until I get the computer which will be next month hopefully then I will add my system specs okay. What I actually mean is I have all the data on folders that have been moved from my old hard drive to the hard drive for example save games in the computer that my brother is selling to me will It overwrite all the files for that folder when i install new software/games or will it just add the data that is missing to the computer because I don't want to start games/software from scratch thanks
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  4.    18 Jan 2018 #4

    The games that I had installed were on windows 7 because I was using it on my old laptop which doesn't work anymore and now I am moving to windows 10 instead to be able to play better games because I had a rubbish graphics card on my laptop and it wasn't very good to play games
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  5.    18 Jan 2018 #5

    The answer to your question is that it depends very much on which particular games you're talking about. You'll maybe have a different answer for each game you're talking about. I would save the game data in a separately named folder somewhere else just to be safe. Then, once each game is reinstalled, see if you can copy or import the saved game data into that game somehow.

    At this point, you may be better off looking at support at the game manufacturer's website or talking to other users (in a forum for those specific games or type of games) for each game involved.

    If you would simply tell us which games you're asking about, someone with experience in those games perhaps can tell you something.
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       18 Jan 2018 #6

    alexhob123 said: View Post
    The games that I had installed were on windows 7 because I was using it on my old laptop which doesn't work anymore and now I am moving to windows 10 instead to be able to play better games because I had a rubbish graphics card on my laptop and it wasn't very good to play games
    It sounds like all you did was move the files to another computer. This would break the install on any game that was install in windows. Games that will run on there own with out being installed won't be effected unless there most likely not compatible with Windows 10.
    Whether any software will overwrite all data or reconise and absorb the data during the reinstall would be program dependent. I would say most will just overwrite what ever you have in them folders you should have your data saved to another place if possible.
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  7.    18 Jan 2018 #7

    Sure the windows games are:

    Zoo tycoon complete collection
    Zoo tycoon 2 ultimate collection
    Age of empires gold edition
    Age of empires 2 the age of kings
    Age of empires 2 the conquers + forgotten empires
    Age of empires HD with all expasions
    Age of mythology and Age of mythology the titans
    Red alert 2 plus Yuri's revenge
    Theme park inc
    Thrillville off the rails
    Jurassic park the game

    GOG games are:

    Rollercoaster tycoon deluxe
    Rollercoaster tycoon 2 triple pack
    Rollercoaster tycoon 3 platinum
    Tomb raider 1 and 3
    Star wars galactic battlegrounds
    Star wars battlefront 2 (2005)
    Theme park
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  8.    18 Jan 2018 #8

    I do have steam but can I just install those games and I will still have the save data for them as well
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  9.    18 Jan 2018 #9

    As I do have origin as well does that effect save data as well when I install the games I have on my origin account
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  10.    19 Jan 2018 #10

    Anyone help me please with my list please I need to know if I will lose my save games before I reinstall them on my new computer thanks
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