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transfer from ME to WinXPPro

by lindasparrots / August 21, 2005 4:44 AM PDT

I have a Dell optiplex gx270 with a new xp pro after having to reformat hard drive. Lost some of the programs that came with the computer (ex family member installed when I wasn't home). Due to hijack I had to reformat to get online with dsl but had no os cd. I got the new win xp pro as oem so no support. I lost the acdsee that was on the computer & have no cd or floppy. Now, none of the cd's I made previously will run even with the acdsee download (trial for 45 days). Can I transfer programs from my old Pentium 3with ME to this computer with the xp pro? It will be a few months before I can buy acdsee. Also, I found that my copy of Office 2000 was a pirate copy from same ex family member & was cause of hijack. I removed from system, again, have to wait a while til I can get oem office. Any advice on what I can do in the meantime?

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Open Office is free.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 4:56 AM PDT

It's over at and will do fine for most people.

As to the unreadable CDs, they could be made by DirectCD or INCD. To get them working again, install that software.


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OpenOffice won't download
by lindasparrots / August 21, 2005 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Open Office is free.

I've tried downloading but can't find it installed on the computer. says that xp service pack 2 may be the problem, or windows firewall. I turned that off but still can't find. It's supposed to be in temp file but no such luck. Am I doing something wrong?

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by Yew / August 21, 2005 4:59 AM PDT

Ever since Windows95, some 10 years or so ago, the moving of programs like that has gone to the wayside. It's gotten worse with every release of Windows since.

Not sure what sort of alternatives there are to ACD See, since I've never really used it myself, but you can always download OpenOffice to replace Office 2000. It's a freeware office suite, which isn't quite as good as Office, but it's free, and is more than capable of handling most people's needs.

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ACDSEE replacement?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 5:06 AM PDT

Let's try this combo. (both are free)

For viewing, slide shows, conversion, etc. Look up IRFANVIEW.

For editing and more, look up THE GIMP.


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