Solved using an older hard drive on new PC

June 11, 2012 at 15:10:35
Specs: Windows 7
I have new PC with win,7 ultimate installed. some of the programs I have on my old PC I cannot download on win7. Can I install my old hard drive in my new PC as secondary drive & use those programs from that drive & if so do I need anything to do this & how do I do this? Ijust want to use the programs not the Operating system on the sencondary drive Thanx gevinsky

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#1
June 11, 2012 at 15:20:25
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"Can I install my old hard drive in my new PC as secondary drive & use those programs from that drive"

Probably not. That usually only works with small and simple applications that do not need installation. Most applications need to be installed for them to work properly, or in many cases at all. To install an application you need the install media or the application download.

You can access data on the old hard drive.


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#2
June 11, 2012 at 15:37:40
As mentioned, since the days of Win9x (even Win3.x), most applications generally have to be installed to work properly; generating registry entries for various reasons. Some of they may work with little trouble, others may crash on exit or start-up. Some may not start at all. The exception to that being that if the apps are "portable" (such as those at portableapps.com).


Also, you mention that several apps can't be "downloaded" onto Win7 (I'm assuming you mean installed to Win7). If they won't work by installing them, you won't get them to work by "shoehorning" them in by moving the drive without its' former OS.


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
June 11, 2012 at 17:36:15
You might be able to use a P2V application to make your old install into a virtual machine that you can run on W7..

Depends on the way you bought the old OS as to if it will let you fix the hal.


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