Clone Programs

Greg1022 February 2, 2009 at 06:04:46
Specs: Windows XP
Look, is there anyway I can copy some very important programs from one computer to another. Its for my Vice Principal at my school. We got him a new computer with Windows XP Pro, his old is Windows 2000, i think, or it may be an old copy of XP.

He has some very important programs and files he needs on this new computer. Thing is, we are not allowed to open up the new computer, because if i could, i would just put the old hard drive in as a slave.

Any thoughts?

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February 2, 2009 at 06:16:41
In a word, no. Even installing the drive as a slave wouldn't make the programs run. Programs generally need to be associated with the OS your are booting to. That means you must install them while in that OS.

Additionally, that would be a violation of the EULA (licensing agreement)for those programs.

If there are retail disks available for the programs you could simply install them to the new computer.

You CAN however, copy the personal files to the new computer. Microsoft even has a program designed for that purpose. Or just burn them to optical disk and copy them from the disk to the new computer.

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