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Old Files /Programs To New Computer

by sandijo--2008 / September 20, 2008 6:03 AM PDT

I purchased a new computer with OS Xp & I want to move some of the files & programs from my old computer. Both computers are HP and the old one has windows 2000. I was told I could directly link both computers & using 2 monitors I could do this. I am completely lost as to how this can be done. Is it something like networking, which I also know nothing about? Most of the programs I no longer have the disks for so I can't just install them on the new machine. I would hate to have to keep 2 computers set up to be able to use the programs if there is not any easy way to move them or if it is even possible. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Remember some never move.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 20, 2008 6:09 AM PDT

For example MS Office has an activation system that causes it to fail when you move. Other software too. This is why AlohaBob PCRelocater had to die and go away. People expected it to move everything.

Here's a suitable replacement ->

But it lies about "lets you migrate all of your programs," because some software will never move.

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Research FAST.
by Kees Bakker / September 20, 2008 6:17 AM PDT

That's the built-in File And Setting Transfer wizards to transfer your files and settings to your new PC. is a useful introduction.
But don't you have all your files on a backup?

Programs are much more difficult. If the program recommended by Bob doesn't work, then probably copying the whole folder from Program Files (via a USB-stick or so) won't work either. All you can do then: a brandnew install from the original medium.


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