how to transfer programs from old comp to new

Dell Dell optiplex 745 desktop computer...
April 27, 2010 at 06:06:10
Specs: Windows XPpro , 512
Can/how do I transfer programs from old PC running pirated copy of WinXP Pro SP3 to new PC with genuine WinXP Pro?. I use a Embarq DSL 2wire for internet connecting.

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#1
April 27, 2010 at 06:15:00
Generally speaking you cannot. You have to reinstall them from the original.

There will be dynamic link libraries (DLL) and registry entries that are put there by the installation without which the application wont work. There are very few applications that will copy over without a re-installation and they are usually very simple applications.

You could try coying them over using a USB flash drive but the chances of them working is remote.

Stuart


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#2
April 27, 2010 at 06:28:16
OK, then how do I transfer my folders with pictures or data?

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#3
April 27, 2010 at 13:30:50
See MS site for how to use ntbackup and restore. Since you are going to a legal copy (hopefully) you don't need system state.

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#4
April 27, 2010 at 14:56:52
You could always transfer folders with pictures or data by copying to flash drive or CD.


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#5
April 27, 2010 at 21:51:24
Or temporarily put the old drive into the computer as a second drive and copy them (just the files,not the programs) directly. Then remove the drive, or format it clean for additional space or as a backup destination.

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


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#6
April 28, 2010 at 07:17:45
Can I just connect the two pc's together thru their USB jacks and drag/drop folders?

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#7
April 28, 2010 at 09:30:22
No, you need a special cable for peer to peer USB and the cost for something you are only likely to use once wouldn't be worth it,

If both computers have a Network Interface Card you could connect them via a Cat 5 cross-over cable and set up a network between the two and transfer them that way. A cross-over cable is cheap, a lot cheaper than the USB equivalent.

Stuart


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#8
April 28, 2010 at 09:34:59
I agree wtih Stuart.

A crossover is the way to go if you don't already own a USB memory key or have a lot of files to move. But if you do own a memory key then doing the old "sneaker net" thing will also work fine and doesn't require you buying a crossover cable you may never use again.

If you have a home network using a SOHO Router with 4 LAN ports, you could just ensure both PC's are plugged into LAN ports and then share across that.


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#9
April 28, 2010 at 11:07:10
You are wasting your time. Copying/backup-restore files for programs was in days of DOS not 2000/xp and above.

Doing a backup and restore from one system to another will gum up the system you restore to. This is because you restored program files with no registry pointers. They will not work.
Whatever you do don't do system state restore to the different pc or you will trash that pc by corrupting its registry.

The ONLY way a backup and restore would work is if you were able to find all the keys in the registry related to that application, export them and then merge them into the registry of the new machine.

This is NOT something I recommend doing. The proper procedure is to install the programs fresh.


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#10
April 28, 2010 at 11:31:48
Is there a chance we are talking cross purposes a bit on this post, as we quickly moved from the original question to another?

The first issue was the feasibility of copying "programs" from one machine to another. This is not sensibly possible and there have been several respones to that effect.

The second issue (see #2) was copying "folders with pictures or data". The poster now has several suggestions about how to do that.


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#11
April 28, 2010 at 13:18:28
Yep you are right Derek. I reiterated what had already been posted. My bad :-)

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#12
April 28, 2010 at 14:51:19
No problem, just due to topic changing fast.


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