Files, folders, documents, pictures, music, favorites, etc. will move with a drag and drop, connect the drive as a slave. Programs will not. Period.
You might be able to connect the old drive as a slave and run the program as an executable from there. But don't hold your breath.
How can I best merge my old computer with the new one and retain programs that were not designed for Vista and have no newer versions?
I tried using Acronis 9.0, but the new computer would not boot from the Acronis recovery disk. I tried using Acronis to clone the old system to an external hard drive thinking I could access that drive from the new machine. Acronis went through the motions but did not create a clone.
Acronis technical support for 9.0 in non-existent. Googling around the web gave me two possibilities, Laplink Pro for about$69.00 and XXClone freeware. Has anyone used either of these? What were the results?