Copying programs from old laptop to newer one

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andipor

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Last week my laptop was hit with malware. It created quite a mess. I took it down to the computer geeks and they removed it and brought me back up and running. Problem is this: There is a program that was on there written in Foxbase which is now gone. However, I still have my older computer whose monitor died twice which still has the program on it. The older computer runs XP and the Newer one runs Windows 7. My hope was to plug in the old laptop hoping the newer one would recognize it as a removable hardware device which would allow me to read and then copy the program I need. I do have the programs uploaded off site which would have all the files that I need to run the program. If this is not a good way to go would another option be to create a directory which I could download everything to? I have never had to do this and I have been computing since 1986. thank you for any help you can give.
 

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I put this in your own thread. When you have a problem, please start your own thread rather than hijacking someone else's thread.

Next you have to install the app; you cannot just copy a folder and expect it to work. This is for a number of reasons;
1 When you install an app, it installs files to its own folder AND the windows and or windows/system32 folder
2 When you install an app, some .dll type files are installed in other folders. The registry must have the correct path to point to those referenced files.

In short you need to install whatever app you want; not just copy the folder.
 

andipor

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Thank you for helping me. I did not realize that I needed to start a new thread. I will be sure to do that in the future.
 
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Thank you crjdriver, you beat me to it and I could not find it for a while and you're right. I learned that one by mistake.

Crjdriver, just as a thought, would a easy windows transfer for the program and the data files be useful?
 
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