Being a novice (somewhat) I just bought a new Windows 7 laptop and would like to transfer several programs (some I've downloaded from this extremely value site) from my old XP laptop. Now I know there are several programs that will do file transfer, but I need to find a reliable program/method that will transfer the software programs as well since in many cases I do not have the original disk or registration numbers. Can someone help me in simple to understand jargon? Thanks to all responders!
Thats tough. I had a similar question a while ago and Ashraf had a suggestion, but I don't remember what it was…
For some of those licenses you don't remember, the free (and portable) version of SIW can find some product keys for you.
In most cases, even if you can get the keys, you still need the installers. Many you may be able to find online and just download again.
If you use gmail (or probably others) and you get software keys sent there, you should be able to search all your mail and find some keys that way (unless you are over-zealous about deleting and emptying your deleted emails).
There is no way that I know of to transfer an installed program without re-installing it.
Ashraf reviewed one of these pieces of software:
It was one of his earlier software reviews.
It guides you through using the program. He had a 66% sucess rate, so it's worth a try.
I think those programs are mainly for moving data though, not programs.
And if you are just moving data, I Win7 has something built-in (or you might have to download it for free from Microsoft). See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer
I have had almost 100% success by copy & paste in XP meaning M$ Volumn Shadow Copy service with both pc's running as administrator. First create a new folder on the new pc exactly as the name & location of the old pc – meaning, click My Computer > drive C:Programs or where you installed the software and then create & name the new folder. Then on the old pc, right mouse click on the application master folder & copy, then paste the file to a USB drive. Place the USB drive in the new pc, then copy & paste to the new folder. This moves registry files as well which contain multiple entries in the various hives pointing to an unbeliveable amount of registry entries. So exporting the registry to import to the new pc even for the same OS is not a good idea as the exact same M$ app's have a different license codes and many more codes as well.
Another good idea would be to open the registry on Win7 to see if the hives are named the same. If not – this method will most likely not work.
Be sure to first name the user accounts the same on the new pc as the old pc. If the software runs on administrator and limited accounts – log in on both but copy & paste using the administrator account.
Many if not most third party copy app's use this M$ service anyway. Experienced users can set permissions to use applications which is burried deep inside Windows.
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