Solved Copying a program from one computer & running it on another?

Microsoft Windows xp home edition eng 3p...
February 3, 2014 at 16:33:43
Specs: Win7, 64 bit OS/4 GB
I have a small win app that is no longer available to me. However, on my notebook under Program Files (x86) there is a folder with 3 files. One looks to be the .exe file, as well as a file labeled exe.config and a lib.dll. What are the chances that I could copy these files, put them in a folder in my Programs folder on my desktop computer and then run the exe.config and it would work?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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February 3, 2014 at 16:40:15
Some applications will work this, others will not. No way to tell without trying.

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February 3, 2014 at 18:06:28
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Don't run the exe.config, this isn't an executable file, only data for the program that tells it how to run, such as settings you may have changed in the past, to give an example.

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February 4, 2014 at 16:29:30
It might help to look at the exe.config file with a text editor or
a hex viewer. In my very limited experience, programs with
plain text configuration files are more likely to be moveable
the way you want than programs with unreadable config files.

You also might be able to find info about the program on the
Internet by searching for its name, though I'd think you'd have
already tried that...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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February 4, 2014 at 16:37:42
In general, programs cannot be moved. If this was a downloaded program, look in your Download folder to see if you kept the installer when you downloaded it. The installer can be copied to the new computer and installed though if it was not a free program you might be violating the license agreement if they are actually still around. If it was a disk install, look around to see if you saved the disk.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 4, 2014 at 17:07:54
It's only very small stand-alone programs that sometimes transfer, most have registry entries put in during install that have to go with them. Even the latter is sometimes "just" possible but you have to know what you are up to before you dabble in the registry (dragons and all that).

Any chance of letting us know the program name - there's a possibility we might know of it and then be able to help further?

Of-course you could just "try it" (run from the exe) - I doubt it would do any harm.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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