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Windows 7: Moving program files from XP to new Win 7 pc

20 Jun 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

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You are wasting your time. Those XP program files are completely useless in Win7. There is a lot more to running a program than just the program files. I suggest you download the Win7 versions for the programs in question from the web.

All programs on the XP system? What about my MS Office (2003), Outlook, etc. Are they not compatible with Win 7?
MS Office 2003, 2007, Outlook will all run in Win 7. All of my programs worked when I switched from XP to Win 7 Home Premium.

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21 Jun 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP


Another program which will audit all of the Product Keys of installed programs is Belarc Advisor. I would run both that and Magic Jellybean so you can cross-check for accuracy.

Office 2003 installer is easily available on the internet to use to install with your Product Key.

If you have any other specific programs, just post back your concerns.
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21 Jun 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Application/game moving wise:
A fresh install of the apps/games on the new PC is preferred method!

If that can't work for you, then:
Backup all the data to DVD blanks (or CDs if that's your limitation), assuming you have a burner, that unavailable? Next!:

I'd suggest a hard drive docking station (USB, but SATA hard drives only on one I have) or USB to IDE/SATA cable.

I saved a neighbors busted laptop's hard drive data using my USB to IDE/SATA rig, costs under $25.
The docking station is nice, I can put 2 SATA HD's in it without zero hassle, just slides in and out, not permanent use recommended, but plenty good for backup/moves needs, I have a spare 200gig sitting in mine empty for when the time comes... OS sees them as just extra hard drives and adds letters, assuming they are formatted, if not, should offer to do that.

Once moved:
I'd make a folder for OLD APPS and OLD GAMES and move the files over, try them, if a .DLL is missing message pops up, try Download your missing dll-files - for the files and put them in the app/game directory in question and see what happens.

Some will work some will not, all depends on mainly .DLLs (and possibly many other files put in directories you are unaware of) locations and how much they are intertwined with the Registry. Typically Apps put stuff in C:\windows\system32 or in a common files directory off C:\Program Files or one related to your USER name.

Software wise, I use Total Commander for manipulating files and I haven't reinstalled it yet, but I bought a copy hard drive app from avanquest, that I hope works with 7, but I have dual boot XP if it doesn't.
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21 Jun 2010   #14
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

IF you really want to transfer your programs, then check out Laplink's new Win7 transfer tool (sorry, forget the name).

It DOES allow you to transfer program files from an XP installation to a Win7 installation -- but, it does not guarantee that they will all work.
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21 Jun 2010   #15

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10

Every MS Office Product from Office 2000 forward works just fine in Windows 7 I tests Word and Excel and would rather stick with 2000, XPS and 2003, all very good choices.
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 Moving program files from XP to new Win 7 pc

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