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Transfer of Programs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Molson, Sep 2, 2004.

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  1. Molson

    Molson Thread Starter

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    Alright i just bought a New PC and every thing is great.

    All it has is windows though.

    i have an external hard drive i can use to transfer files and such from my old computer, but how do i transfer all of the programs and such to the new PC.
    i no longer have many of the intialtion disks.

    i would be happy just transfering an exact copy over as long as the programs work.

    is there any way to do this?

    i know this may not be the correct forum but i could not deside what section to fit it in.

    thanks a lot for any help.
    and i think it's great smart people help others....
     
  2. Rockn

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    There is really no way to transfer programs from on drive to another since installation and supporting files are placed all over the drive, not just in a single folder. Your best bet would be to reinstall the applications from the source disks or CD's
     
  3. Molson

    Molson Thread Starter

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    is there anyways i could just copy the entire drive?
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Unless you want to wipe out your os on the new computer and copy the one on the old disk, there is no way. You could do a disk copy, however xp will most likely not boot until a repair is done. After the repair of xp, you will need to activate it again because of the new hardware you have added ie new mb, video, etc.

    It is much more work than it is worth and you will end up with a less stable system since it will not be a clean install.

    Just reinstall the programs or get new cds, it will be much easier and less time consuming.
     
  5. Molson

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    nuts, well thanks for the help, any way to get one program off.

    the pc i have now has autocadd from an old job and i am not intrested in purchsing it again.......oh well.
     
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