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Windows 7: How to transfer installed software to another PC


28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to transfer installed software to another PC

I have a PC with lots of installed software that I use regularly, & about to buy a new laptop.
What I want to know is, is there a way to transfer these installed softwares to the new laptop without going through the time consuming process of re-installing all of them again?

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28 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Don't think you can. You can't just copy the program folder over because there are registry entries and other files that will be difficult to find. My advice would be to back up the user files that the program makes (documents, save games, pictures), reinstall the program then copy the user files from the media you used to save them.
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28 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

found this after some Googling
Laplink® Software - PCmover Professional
does this work?
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28 Jan 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Nope. A new system requires the software to be installed so the registry on the new system is correctly populated.

regards,
Golden
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28 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Exactly what Golden said. The only thing that program will do is just move the files and not the registry keys. Making the programs useless..

You're better off just installing them by yourself.
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28 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright then, thank you all.
I'll just re-install everything.
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28 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Awesome! Good luck
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29 Jan 2013   #8

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