If you are using Windows, you're out of luck due to the way it's set up. When a program is installed, changes are made to the registry, DLLs are shared, and files are created and/or modified throughout our system in addition to what's placed in the Program Files folder. This provides for better integration and reduces the possibility of piracy, but it does have its drawbacks, as you've now seen.
If these programs are freebies, just go to the respective websites and download them. Otherwise you need to contact your friend and obtain the CDs. Legally, when you transfer a computer to someone you're supposed to erase any programs (that are not freeware or trial-versions) that are installed unless the software is part of the deal, in which case you must hand over the original CD, any/all copies, and uninstall the software from any other computers you own. For more information you should consult the EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) for each program.
To summarize, there's no way to simply transfer the programs without the original installer/CDs. In addition, your copies of the software are most likely not legal since he still posesses the licenses, not you. As to the Norton program, I believe you mean Norton Ghost, which lets you make a complete copy of your hard drive, including OS. However, this will transfer everything (there are programs that let you backup just certain things, but you'll still be unable to successfully move the entire program and maintain functionality) and still won't solve the legal/licensing issues.
Hope this helps,
Hello is there anyway I can move a "few" programs from one computer to another. I don't have the software because I got this notebook from a friend and I don't have the original disks but I definitely want to install a few of these programs on the new hard drive I'm installing. Norton use to have a program I believe that could do this, don't want to transfer everything just a few programs. Thanks