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Can I move programs to another computer?

by jennface1111 / July 17, 2007 11:22 AM PDT

I'm going to be buying a new laptop soon because mine is slowly dying. I have a few programs I want to put on my new computer, but I have one that I don't have the disk for. Is there a way I can save the program and put it on my new computer? I have the code for it though, I just don't know how to save the file.

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by caktus / July 17, 2007 12:59 PM PDT

You don't mention computer and OS you intend to transfer programs from/to.

If you are transferring from XP to Vista, this may help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931696

A good and inexpensive practice I try to maintain is regularly coping the Setup.exe files to a CDR or R/W. That way I never have to search for and download them from the Internet again.

No doubt you'll hear of other suggestions here at the forum as well.


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by jennface1111 / July 17, 2007 2:25 PM PDT

Oops, sorry I didn't think I needed to list my computer info for this question. I do have an XP and I guess I'll have a vista, unless I can find a business XP. I saved the whole file to a disk, I'm about to check and see if it works, but in the future all I have to save is the setup.exe file?

Thank you for your help.

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by John.Wilkinson / July 17, 2007 4:25 PM PDT
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The general rule is just keep a copy of the installer. The fine print at the bottom, however, states that most software on CDs, and some downloads, have more than just a setup.exe file. You'll find a setup.exe file alright, but it can't function in such cases without the accompanying files. Thus, you should keep a copy of the entire contents of the CD or the entire download.

In your case the transfer wizard may work, but it's questionable. Some programs, such as Microsoft Office, are specifically designed not to be transferable to prevent piracy, so 'moving' programs is always iffy. Depending on the program, though, you may be able to download a fresh copy from the author's website.


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an easy option ? - repost sans link
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 10:09 PM PDT
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an easy option ? - New!
by steve_gts - 7/18/07 5:02 AM
In reply to: Well... by John.Wilkinson Moderator

Also dependant if it's a legal copy and of which product in particular, your license probably entitles you to a free replacement disk anyway.


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by jennface1111 / July 18, 2007 1:00 AM PDT

Thanks for your help...I tried it on my mom's computer and everything worked out fine.

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