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Moving Windows Programs to a different drive

by dwdawson / August 25, 2006 2:32 AM PDT

I recently purchesed a new laptop and need to use my external drive from another computer to the new laptop. Some programs on that HD need to be moved to another drive on the same computer. I did a search on the Windows help but came up empty. Can anyone tell me how to move a Windows program to a different drive on the same Windows computer?

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Reinstall it
by john_mcdoogle / August 25, 2006 2:41 AM PDT

Microsoft has been steadily working to make this sort of thing harder with every release of Windows, and it has gotten to the point where the only real option left is reinstalling the application. This may affect configuration settings, but should NOT affect any files created with those programs.

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Thats what I thought
by dwdawson / August 27, 2006 4:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Reinstall it

Thanks man. I was hoping somebody knew something I didn't. you would think Windows would allow for something like this!

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Thats what I thought
by fjord_fox / August 28, 2006 2:20 PM PDT
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It isn't Microsoft that has made it harder, but Symantec--the owners of Norton products. They seem to be in the business of buying out their competetors in hostile takeovers and then shutting them down. They began that practice when they bought out Central Point, the makers of PC Tools. They have also bought out PowerQuest and shut them down. The two products that PowerQuest sold were Partition Magic and Drive Image (a backup software). Both of them used to have a nifty tool called Magic Mover. With this tool, you could easily move any program from one partition to another and it would automatically do everything that needs to be done--from moving the files to fixing the registry entries to updating the Startup Menu icons. The first thing Symantec did when they WERE selling those two products was to remove the Magic Mover tool. Now they no longer sell either product.

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Other options you have...
by Edward ODaniel / August 28, 2006 9:01 AM PDT
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