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Windows 7: Best way to transfer programs loaded on old computer to new computer

15 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1A
Best way to transfer programs loaded on old computer to new computer

Would like to get general thoughts on the best way to transfer programs from old computer to my new 8-core Windows Pro 64-bit(new install) computer. One of my areas that I'm concerned with is that several of the programs I'm wanting to transfer were purchased over the internet & downloaded with no physical media involved. Otherwise, I would just do the install via the install cd's.

Thoughts, suggestions and detailed guides will be welcomed! In advance, many thanks!


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15 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

try this program my friend '' DosBox"
DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS
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15 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


In the future this is what your downloads folder is for. It should contain all of your app and program installers and be backed up along with your other data.

There is no program worth trying that will reinstall your programs, however if you are happy with your Windows 7 and it's the same version you can try to apply an image after SysPrep to move HD to another computer.

There is also a freeware CD that was widely available several years back that is harder to find now called Paragon Adaptive Restore which can be booted to adjust the old installation to the new hardware.

PAR is also a part of Paragon's recent Backup imaging program, and is comparable to Acronis Universal Restore which are two programs that will adjust a saved image to new hardware when reimaged to it.

Sometimes the old Windows 7 HD or image will start up on new hardware, as well. But don't count on it.

Nothing is better than a Clean Reinstall including a new computer since most of them are larded with corrupting bloatware and useless factory utilities which have better versions built into Windows 7. At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware before installing your programs.
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18 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1A
Thanks for your messages!

Thank you for your messages on "Best way to transfer programs loaded on an old coomputer to newest computer."

I was not aware regarding the downloads folder in Windows 7. Will work on that. Also is there a better way to transfer drivers for printers, scanners, etc.?

Thanks again for your replies!


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18 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP


Always check the printer/scanner Support Downloads webpage for the latest driver or software package, any hotpatches needed, etc. Then download these to your Downloads file to install.
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