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Hard Drive Between 2 Operating Systems

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#1 quickj


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Posted 24 July 2008 - 10:50 PM

if you download something for use with windows xp (not compatible with anything older) onto an external hard drive and then hook the hard drive up to a computer with windows 2000, can you use the program on that computer?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:39 AM

Any application that you can run on XP you should be able to run on W2k as well.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:35 PM

If you are asking would the program run from that same hard drive which was moved...no.

Chances are...the program can be installed on Win 2K, as dc3 stated.

In order for a program to run, it must be installed on the O/S from which everything is run. Connecting an additional hard drive with another or the same O/S only provides access to those files for moving, routine maintenance, etc. None of the programs installed on the moved drive will run.


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:47 PM

Unless they are single executables such as HijackThis, McAfee Stinger. These don't need to be "installed".
If it is a setup file it will offer to install on the second system.
If you "installed" the program to the external drive it won't work because some of the program data is
installed on the host machine. (Windows registry) These entries won't exist on the Win2K box so the program
will not run.


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