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#1 trevorcork

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 07:56 AM

hi a user wants too upgrade from xp to 7 and keep his programs which are autocad 14,olympus master etc, can i do this?



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 09:54 AM

Short answer - No !

 

It is of course possible to upgrade from XP to Win 7, but this will need to be a full install of Win 7 which will require a re-install of all your applications. After the install you will find a folder called 'Windows old' which will actually - or should - contain your former applications and your data but while the data can be moved out to where you want it the applications cannot, they have to be re-installed. It is always better to back up all your data before starting any upgrade like this, just in case it goes missing.

 

You will also require a valid Win 7 install disc and the computer needs to meet at least the minimums for Win 7 - 1Gz processor, 16 GB hard drive space, and 2GB of RAM. 4GB of RAM is much better and if the computer only just meets the minimums it will crawl !

 

Your friend will need to get as late an install disc as he can, at least one containing SP1, or he will spend the next week downloading and installing updates. And, since it would be a shame to update this computer to Win 7 and straight away find it installing Win 10, have a look at Post #6 here for updates to avoid -

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/599235/for-those-that-wish-to-stay-with-7/

 

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 07:14 PM

Thats what i thought aswell, he seems too think i can copy a program from xp then m,ove it too 7 can you clarify that i cant copy, that it needs too be physically installed on new machine?



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:17 PM

That's a definite no.

 

You could copy say the 'Program files' folder but that would have no tie-in with the registry on the new computer or new install so none of the programs would run. It has been that way since Win 95. Before that, up to and including Win 3.x, this was perfectly feasible but the MS operating system was completely re-designed then and the registry was introduced.

 

No links to the registry = no programs will run.

 

At least with the exception of a few stand-alone programs which merely have a .EXE file, and it is the process of installing a program that creates the links with the registry.

 

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