How to transfer programs from one computer to another?

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  1. Gir

    Gir New Member

    I just got a laptop and I wanted to move/copy most of the programs on my old computer onto my laptop. Is there any cheap/free way to do this?
  2. a_shy_girl_1999

    a_shy_girl_1999 New Member

    Easiest way to do it is to copy the programs to a external hard drive and transfer them over that way ...
  3. bullados

    bullados <a href="

    I was going to suggest that, but I don't know exactly how the programs interact with the operating systems. I've heard that transferring programs by the method above wouldn't install them on the new computer.

    If you're just working with files, then it's generally fine.
  4. V_For_Vendetta

    V_For_Vendetta New Member

    Yahoo Briefcase.
  5. Gir

    Gir New Member

    How would I go about doing that?
  6. taurik

    taurik New Member

    if it's an installed program, i would think just copying the files would not work, you'd have to actually reinstall the program on your new pc
  7. unknown

    unknown New Member

    A lot of programs put files in different places of the hard drive, so it would be difficult to just copy and paste. There is also the registry keys that the program uses to store some information.

    Also if you were to copy it to your laptop and keep it on your desktop, it may be against the license agreement. Some programs stipulate one computer only, some say desktop and one laptop, some say as long as it is the same primary user.

    Depending on the programs it may or may not be easy. The easiest things, is the most time consuming and the most manual, just install everything from scratch.

    I have seen a program called Move Me (I think) that will do says it will do the transfer, but I am not sure how well it works. I think that it is $50. Also, I would assume that you are transferring programs from a Windows XP to a Vista machine, correct? If so that presents an issue as well, because not everything that is compatible with XP is compatible with Vista.
  8. The King Of Magikarps

    The King Of Magikarps Active Member

    Simplest IMO attach the files to an e-mail and send it to yourself. I just put in for title and message "a"
  9. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    :eek::eek::eek::confused::confused: WHAT?! lol, I hope you're kidding...

    Um, whenever I go to a new OS which is quite often since, I just redownload all the freeware, and reinstall any things I own. If you have documents and other files like pics music etc., just save them to some sort of removable media device like a big memory card, flash drive, external hard drive, etc.

    like unknown said, I don't think it would be very effective to try to move programs to a new OS since files are scattered about everywhere.

    Good luck... and have fun XD :smile:
  10. The King Of Magikarps

    The King Of Magikarps Active Member

    Nope. Send the e-mail to yourself. Just get on another computer and open the e-mail presto.
  11. unknown

    unknown New Member

    And if you have a 250 MB photoshop file, you gonna email that? Good luck. (Yes I have many 250 MB photshop files, I have had one up to 500 MB)

    I email a lot of things to myself, but using it as you sole means of transferring a lot of data is not the easiest thing to do. It is very time consuming depending on how much data you have to move.

    I use email as a backup/transfer medium for small things (under 3 mb). It is generally when I am programming on a school computer and I need to send it myself.

    Programs, you really cannot transfer that easily, unless it is a standalone program that does not need to be installed. The easiest way is to reinstall everything from the original media; whether it is a cd or downloaded.
  12. drmario

    drmario New Member

    You can't really just switch the program files. You need the ".exe" file to install them. And for moving files just buy a flash drive.
  13. Cheesy Lard

    Cheesy Lard New Member

    You don't even need a flash drive if they are in the same local network. Just put it on the network, no jump drive needed.
  14. unknown

    unknown New Member

    Setting up a network share can be confusing to some. Making it secure is even more confusing. It is easier to use transfer medium such as flash drives and or CD/DVDs. I would say to use DVDs as it will also give you a backup of the files. It is not as easy as just having both on the same network, there is more to it. Albeit, it is fairly easy.

    I will say that this is a very good solution, as it will allow the computers to share files. I wouldn't, however, do it on the laptop as if it is not configured correctly you could be broadcasting your documents in any network you connect to (hotels, airports, etc.).
  15. V_For_Vendetta

    V_For_Vendetta New Member

    Yahoo Briefcase.
  16. ApachePrime

    ApachePrime New Member

    ...Popping in and saying the same thing without any support is no better than Spamming.

    I work in IT for a large university, and trust me, just copying the programs will not work. Programs need to be installed and even then a lot of programs have no way of copying over your settings. You are better off re-installing and re-configuring your programs. You cannot simply copy programs over.

    The files you have that are opened by other programs can be copied over, though. Setting up a network share with windows can be fast and easy, but a Flash Drive or External Hard Drive is the fastest and easiest way. If you would like to do it completely free, look up network sharing on Microsoft's site. There are plenty of articles to help with this step-by-step.

    Yahoo Briefcase WILL NOT allow you to move your programs, but can move your files. I don't know how much space they give you, but you'll have to transfer all of your data to their server and then back down to your computer. This will undoubtedly take longer than setting up your own network share or using an external HDD or Flash Drive.
  17. V_For_Vendetta

    V_For_Vendetta New Member

    Yahoo Briefcase
    Upload files, then you can reload them onto another computer.
  18. ApachePrime

    ApachePrime New Member

    And if you read the other posts in a thread, you'll be able to add something to the thread instead of treading old ground.

    Like I and others have said, this isn't as simple as just moving files. Programs need to be installed, not just moved.
  19. V_For_Vendetta

    V_For_Vendetta New Member

    Move it then install it.
    Yahoo Briefcase. Win.
  20. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    Wow all of you are wrong. You can only do that with certain files, Flash 2004 as an example. If you want to move programs to another computer, some programs, such as Photoshop, offer the Transfer License or Activation option from inside the program or under the programs folder. You can copy the file but the .DLL files and Drivers will be in a different folder and the program will not run right and close. They do that to prevent hacking and copying over 1500$ programs to another computer, but if your good, you can do it.

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