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moving applications from xp via vista??


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#1 footstuck

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 07:12 AM

Hi guys,
I'm about to upgrade from xp to 7. My challenge is to move my installed apps without completely reinstalling. Please bear with me on this one, but how does this sound.

I purchased my machine 4 years back with the Vista o/s. I (and cubase, the main app which I purchased the laptop for) hated vista so I downgraded to XP Pro, which was far more stable at the time. As a result, I have a full, paid for copy of vista which I can use. I have, over the past few years, collected a vast array of apps, not all of which I have the instal media for. Also, the process of re-installing ALL of my applications would be hugely lengthy, time consuming, mind-numbingly boring, etc, etc.
Would it be possible to upgrade to windows 7 via vista and keep all of my applications. To avoid instability, I thought I could then back up with Acronis, wipe the drive and do a clean install of windows 7, then reimport my apps/docs/settings etc from Acronis.
Am I missing something or is this going to stand a fair chance of working? :whistle:
Thoughts would be appreciated guys.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 07:28 AM

I'm not 100% sure I follow your post. But the bottom line is that if you do a clean install of an OS you then need to reinstall all apps from scratch.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:19 AM

OK, to be clear about the primary nature of my question, can I move applications from xp to windows 7 without reinstalling them. Obviously, I know I can rebuild the whole system, but for clarity, I am interested in any way this can be avoided. :wink:
Also, the acronis backup/clean install/Acronis reimport is only a footnote to the process. I thought that this may avoid os instability issues that I have heard of when people upgrade and import their docs/settings into a new os. I have never upgraded before, therefore, I am not sure if programs, as well as documents an settings, are moved into the new os.

Edited by footstuck, 01 September 2011 - 08:25 AM.


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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:31 AM

Again, the word "move" is the key. You cannot "move" applications, they need to be reinstalled. If were going to do an in-place upgrade of the OS, that would be one thing. But there is no direct path from XP to W7 and doing a double upgrade (XP to Vista to W7) is really not recommended. Again, if you do a clean install of an OS you then need to reinstall all apps.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:47 AM

then reimport my apps/docs/settings etc from Acronis.


Applications, as in Setup files - Yes

Move actual installation of all these applications - No

Documents - Yes

Settings - No

Windows and software programs mutually require that the settings and registry entries are created during the installation/activation/usage process and thus registered in Windows. They can't just be moved back into Windows.

Short answer: Apart from static files like documents, images, standalone .EXE files etc. , everything else needs to be reinstalled.

Moreover, if you want a trouble-free experience from your software programs, it's best to start from scratch and do a clean installation. This might also give you an opportunity to download and install the latest releases of all these programs

Edited by ReviverSoft, 01 September 2011 - 08:49 AM.

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