Copy XP desktop applications to Win 7 laptop

January 13, 2011 at 03:53:26
Specs: Windows XP
All my work applications are on my PC that runs Windows XP. I would like to run the same applications on my laptop that has a larger capacity and runs Windows 7, but I don't have the installation CDs. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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January 13, 2011 at 04:14:17
My best suggestion is obtain the installation CD's.
Copying applications from one HD to another is very problematic. In the relatively rare case of some simple applications this will work. But in most cases there is no real alternative but to install the application from the installation media.

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January 13, 2011 at 18:46:51
Thank you LMiller7 for your reply.
I understand now that if I keep my old HD, I keep my applications. Instead of upgrading to a laptop, if I upgrade to a newer PC and physically move my old HD to the new PC, thus having 2 HD on the new PC, I could use my applications. Correct?

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January 14, 2011 at 05:28:47

No, that is not correct.

The applications are tied to the installed operating system, which in turn is tied to the hardware it is installed to.

Unless your version of Windows on the PC is a full version you can't migrate the drive and expect the OS to boot.

Even then, you would need to perform a repair installation that may or may not work. If the version of Windows on your PC came pre-installed, which is likely, then it is a limited version.

That means that version of Windows will only work on the original hardware (motherboard).

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January 14, 2011 at 12:58:19
You can't legally do that for most programs.

You could turn that xp into a virtual machine and run it under the W7 system.

It may be possible too that you could install the older disk into the new system and run a dual booted computer. Simple repair usually to xp would fix it. I'd make a ntbackup before I started.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 14, 2011 at 15:30:45
If your old pc is a desktop then you're up the creek without a paddle because the drive won't fit into your laptop.
Assuming it has space for a second drive you may be able to image the old drive onto a 2.5 inch laptop drive (more $$). The next problem is are XP there drivers available for your model.
That's over and above any legal issues moving the os which you may not be able to activate anyway. As previously stated OEM systems are not transferable.
Why not see if later versions (or equivalent) of your programs are available that are W7 compatible.

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