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Transferring Programs

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#1 John Wesley

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:50 PM

My old XP computer recently died and I'm now using a Vista one. I had no problem transferring data and files, but is there a way to transfer programs to the new computer without the install disks?

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 10:52 PM

You can't transfer programs. They have to be reinstalled.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:13 AM

As Broni stated.

You could clone the old hard drive...onto a new one, transferring everything on the drive...O/S, programs, data files. But...since you are talking about different computers and different versions of Windows...that would not be guaranteed to work and, it would entail more work than it's worth and involve licensing issues for the XP install.

The same effort would be accomplished by simply removing the hard drive from one system to another...and the same problems and improbability of success.

An additional problem would be the fact that XP and Vista use different boot files.


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Posted 23 August 2010 - 09:02 AM

Having just undergone the same situation, I elected to re-install all the applications on my new hard drive from scratch, even though I had the original set up files on the old computer. This often assures you have the latest version, and you do not need to worry about also transferring updates or patches.
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