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Windows 7: Transfer programs from old machine to new

10 Jan 2017   #1
D3LL

 
 
Transfer programs from old machine to new

So someone I know has multiple programs installed on his old laptop to which he no longer has the discs for these programs. He has purchased a new laptop however he needs to transfer these programs to the new machine. Obviously it's not as simple as copying the directory (Unfortunately).

Has anyone got any ideas for me or perhaps any tutorials?


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10 Jan 2017   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Programs (most) must be "installed" using the program's installer. If the programs are "OEM" programs, they cannot legally be used on another PC. e.g. if the old PC came with MS Office (OEM), it is only legally licensed for the system it was initially delivered with.

The "laplink" program mover and special Ethernet cable can move SOME programs but not all. That is the best option if the installers are not available.
PCmover - Limited Time Offer branded-pcmover-012014 - Laplink(R) Software
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10 Jan 2017   #3
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

In the old days of Windows 3.1 - WFW 3.11, and even with a few 3rd party programs under Windows 95-98SE, there were ways and means of "copying" nonOEM-installed stuff from one computer to another. Now, past Windows 98SE, while some nonOEMs can be "migrated" without any problems whatsoever -- many others will force an install onto another computer. A few times, some torturous and complicated ways and means just might work on some nonOEMs -- I have no way to post such stuff.
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10 Jan 2017   #4
D3LL

 
 

I did see that LapLink Mover software which hopefully might do the trick. As you said only some software is compatible to transfer which hopefully the software he requires is compatible. I'll have to give it a try I guess and let you know.
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10 Jan 2017   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'm wondering how Laplink is going to be able to read the appropriate registry entries and copy same over into the other computer's registry. The registry these days is a hive, numerous files, if I understand the scuttlebutt.
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10 Jan 2017   #6
D3LL

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I'm wondering how Laplink is going to be able to read the appropriate registry entries and copy same over into the other computer's registry. The registry these days is a hive, numerous files, if I understand the scuttlebutt.
As far as I am aware it's the only option I have to try at the minute until I come across anything else.
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10 Jan 2017   #7
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

It depends what they are a lot will work if you copy the program folder it may then say can't find a DLL which you can then copy you may need to search reg for it and export import etc it's last ditch shot
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10 Jan 2017   #8
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I've never used the Laplink mover software but I've read reviews that state that it works fairly well*although it takes a long time to run, longer then it would take to install the software if you had the disks.
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10 Jan 2017   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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11 Jan 2017   #10
D3LL

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I presume this includes transfer of software rather than just user accounts and data, documents etc...

Edit: Just downloaded it and can see you can transfer the software. Whether it will be compatible for the software that needs to be transferred is a different story however one step closer. I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks for the share.
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