Question Application install .exe files

Shin Kairi

Junior Member
Sep 10, 2022
Stupid question.

For years of using Windows now, every time I had to switch computers, either because I had to reset mine or because I purchased a new one, I always went online to look for my programs in order to download them again on the new system. Not only did I have to try and remember all the programs that I was using, but it was also a pain in the ass to have to go to each website and download the .exe file.

My stupid question is, could I have, all this time, just backed up or copy pasted to an external USB thumb drive or hard drive, the downloads folder where all my .exe applications are usually stored, and connected that drive to the new system and re-install everything from the folder?


Diamond Member
Jun 5, 2008
You can copy/paste your download folder to an external drive if you want. I prefer fresh updated versions of most software I use so I download the newest versions. You could always bookmark the official sites of all the software you use and then backup your bookmarks. I've even taken screenshots of my desktop and start menu so I can remember what programs I have installed.

If I don't go to the official software site for downloads I use majorgeeks or softpedia for downloads.

Also take a look at ninite which can auto install common apps of your choosing.