How to Reinstall My Missing Files to My Computer

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Files on a computer's hard drive can go missing for any number of reasons, including damage to the drive itself, failures in the operating system or accidental deletion. When previously installed files (as those associated with games or other programs) are missing, the best method for retrieval and repair is to reinstall the associated application on your computer. This replaces the missing file with a fresh copy, correcting whatever damage might have been done during its absence.

Things You'll Need

  • Installation CD for the associated program
  • Insert the installation CD for the associated program into your CD drive. This should prompt the appearance of an on-screen menu providing you with the option to install, reinstall or uninstall the application.

  • Navigate to the CD drive of your computer if the menu described in Step 1 does not appear. Go to "My Computer," then to your CD drive (typically the "D" drive). Click on the file that is named "Setup.exe" (or something similar) to manually bring up the reinstallation menu.

  • Select the option to reinstall the application. This installs fresh copies of all the necessary program files, including files that had been missing. This process takes anywhere from 1 minute to more than 1 hour depending on the size of the program and the speed of your computer.

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