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Transfer of games/applications

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#1 Blobbyboy


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 02:54 AM

Hi, thinking of buying a new desktop computer - but I have all my games (and there are a lot!) on this internal C drive. How to transfer them across without them crashing because of needed registry files, .dlls etc stored on this C drive? These games were bought and paid for and I'd hate to lose them.

Any help would be gratefully received - and please explain as you would a child, I'm not that computer au fait! :thumbsup:

EDIT: Moved to more appropriate forum

Edited by garmanma, 16 July 2009 - 10:33 AM.

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#2 Sterling14


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:31 PM

You'll have to use disc imaging software that will make a complete image (copy) of your hard drive. A computer can boot off an image so you'll keep everything that was on your hard drive, including settings, files, and programs. Doing so however to another computer/motherboard can cause problems because the drivers for the new hardware may have conflicts with the drivers on your old set up. I guess you could uninstall all of the old drivers first, but I'm not entirely sure how well that would work.

The only software I know of that does that is Acronis, but it's not a free program. Maybe someone else with more experience with this thing can help you more, sorry.
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Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:22 PM

I've used a piece of software called Laplink PcMover to do exactly this. It is located here: http://www.laplink.com/

Unfortunately, at this time their website is down for maintenance.

You can purchase Pcmover directly from them from their website ( when it comes back online ). If I remember correctly, it's right around $40 but I could be mistaken.

Hope this helps,

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