Microsoft designed such moves to be difficult to IMPOSSIBLE.
Let me share that Office 2003 has a similar activation scheme like Windows XP. Even if you were successful in moving every file and registry entry, Office would detect the hardware change and want you to activate. Since it was already activated or an OEM version you find it won't move.
Microsoft and other software makers have this in place so the best advice is to install the programs from the CD.
Limeware is causing posts in these forums that people discover extensive damage to the operating system which has resulted in total wipeouts. I'd start putting some distance between that and any PC.
Let's assume that I have purchased a new, brand-name type PC. Let's assume I wish to use the higher capacity hard drive which comes with it, not my old PC's hard drive. The new PC comes with the same MS Windows XP and many of the same MS Windows applications (such as MS Office-Home ed., Media Player) which are on my old computer. To transfer my personal files/documents is easy enough.
But is it possible to transfer all the other programs which are on my first PC (e.g., ITunes,AdAware,Symantec Security suite,Limewire...you get the picture) to the new one all at once? I am trying to avoid having to install all the other non-MS pre-loaded programs from installation CDs or downloading the install files from the internet. In addition, after having made settings adjustments to all these programs, I would simply like to "migrate" them all over, settings intact, to the new PC.
Is this possible and, in basic terms, how?
Thanks for any recommendations.