Transfer prog files to new computer w/o disks

March 20, 2011 at 10:03:59
Specs: Windows XP & Windows 7
I've just ordered a new Dell Inspiron 560 computer with Windows 7 and a SATA II hard drive. My old computer (beyond obsolete and well into extinctions) is an 11 year old Gateway GP6-400 with Windows XP SP3 and a Maxtor 6Y080L0 DMA/ATA-133 IDE hard drive that I installed as a master to the original drive (now backup slave).

Because one drive is parallel and one is serial, I'm not sure if the Maxtor can be installed as a slave, preventing the need to transfer files. Many of the installation disks for the program files were lost in a move years ago. I looked for programs that could move references to new locations, but they were either no longer distributed or wouldn't work with XP or W7.

How can I salvage the program files without the installation disks? Links to any equipment necessary would be very helpful, so that I know exactly what I need.

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March 20, 2011 at 10:15:58
I'd make a virtual machine out of the old install.

It is not easy to almost impossible to move data like that and top it off with a cross platform move.

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March 20, 2011 at 10:43:36
How do I do that?

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March 20, 2011 at 11:22:29
Installing programs makes registry changes and "installs" the actual program. When you simply "copy" those files over, they do not work, as none of the registry entries transfer. On top of this you want to go from the obsolete to the new, aside from the issues; as you say most will not run on XP or Windows 7. Imaging cannot be done, because you are going to be using a new operating system and it would make no sense to go backward. I think you may have to grab your data and find newer programs that work on newer operating systems, move forward. Other ways that may help,I think we be somewhat painful.

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March 20, 2011 at 13:22:26
One thing that may help in addition to the advice above is to download and use SIW. You may be able to gather all the license/install key data for those programs.

The phyisical disks are not what you bought when the programs were new. You bought the license to use the software. So, if you had installation keys yu might be able to get the actual programs elsewhere.

All the above assumes the programs were NOT limited license type that came bundled with the old computer.

Many older programs can be made to run under Windows 7 by using a compatibility mode or possibly running a special copy of WinXP in a virtual mode.

Get SIW at the link below. The free version is good enough. Run it on the old computer to gather any licensing information available.

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March 20, 2011 at 23:34:47
"Because one drive is parallel and one is serial, I'm not sure if the Maxtor can be installed as a slave. . ."

Well yes and no. You can't attach it as slave to the new SATA drive but as long as your motherboard has an IDE port you can attach it there.

As already mentioned it's an impossible task to copy the programs and have them work but you can copy over any data files created by the software.

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March 21, 2011 at 01:19:34
Much good advice in the above posts. I will add that it's still possible to get a IDE to USB drive enclosure and install the old drive in that and use as a USB external drive ( at least until it dies).

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