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Moving All of Files on Win 98 to Win XP

by LeslieHirschhorn / May 5, 2006 3:34 AM PDT

I have a dilemma. I have a Windows XP system now on one HD and a Window 98 system on another HD in two different computers. I am trying to find out how to get all of my programs/files off the Windows 98 HD onto the Windows XP hard drive. What is the simplest and quickest way to do this?


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Not completely possible...
by John.Wilkinson / May 5, 2006 10:11 AM PDT

You can simply copy-and-paste your files over to the new drive without a problem. However, programs are latched into the system registry and use shared system files throughout the installation. Thus, you can't simply copy them over.

Some programs, such as AlohaBob PC Relocator claim to be able to do this, but their efficiency is limited. Some software, such as Microsoft Office 2003, is designed NOT to be movable to prevent piracy, so the only solution is to install from scratch using your CDs.

Good luck.

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That is Just Terrible
by LeslieHirschhorn / May 5, 2006 12:59 PM PDT

Wow! Thanks for that info and I knew I should have made my main PC a Unix system versus Windows!!!! And here's a kicker Microsoft bought the company that used to make Alohabob and Alohabob is no longer being sold. Supposedly what Alohabob did is going to become available with Microsooft Vista. Unfortunately, I no longer have several of the programs on CD.

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It's still available...
by John.Wilkinson / May 5, 2006 1:31 PM PDT
In reply to: That is Just Terrible

This is just one of those times where you gotta love Microsoft...they no longer offer the products for sale, but they're still available for sale! You can click here to buy it off Amazon, or even click here to download a free trial version from Cnet's own I gotta say, Microsoft gaffes usually bite you, but sometimes they just can't help but bite themselves. Happy

Good luck.

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