How to transfer programs from one computer to another?

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  1. Muninn

    Muninn New Member

    What kind of computer do you have? If you have a Mac, you can just transfer the installers. If you don't have them, then you have to transfer the .app files, preferences, and all that other fun stuff.

    I can't really help if you're running Windows.
  2. Lakak

    Lakak New Member

    Yahoo briefcase imo.
  3. Gir

    Gir New Member

    If I sign up to try Yahoo briefcase, what would I have to upload/do?
  4. unknown

    unknown New Member

    If you sign up for Yahoo! Briefcase, that you would have to upload everything that you want to keep, and then download them. This can be very time consuming depending on your internet speed, and will not work for programs. What you will need to do is to create a yahoo account. Then you can start using it. I think if you have a yahoo mail account it will work as well.

    As a few of us said before, Windows based programs are dependent on more than what is in their Program Files folder. They have shared dependencies, and system dependencies located in different parts of the hard drive. Some of the programs have services that need to be running, or registry keys.

    I work IT at a university (as well), we have users that ask us if they can do what you want to do. The answer is always No. They don't believe us, try to move it over, then complain that their computer does not work. They copied over the data from one computer and put in in the new computer. Tried to start the program, it said there it needed a file or there was an improper version. They search for the file on the old computer, and copy it to the new overwriting files usually in a system folder. And when they start the computer, they get a bsod.

    I try to explain to them that it does not work, they think that they know more than me, and do it any way. It fails, they come back for us to fix it for them. The only way we can fix it is to do a repair install or a fresh install.

    Yahoo! Briefcase will be good for your pictures, movies, music, documents, etc. But again, will not work for transferring installed programs.

    The time it will take for you to upload the programs, and then download them again, will be more than installing it from the CD and typing in the serial key (if needed). The latter, is the best way to ensure proper functionality of the program.
  5. Gir

    Gir New Member

    Could you suggest to me how I should go about dong this in simpler terms so that I can understand it?
  6. The King Of Magikarps

    The King Of Magikarps Active Member

    Well first what kind of program or file are trying to send.
  7. taurik

    taurik New Member

    The best bet is to reinstall the programs from scratch on the new PC, and copy the data files. For the data files, I would recommend burning them to a CD-R or DVD (or maybe a USB thumb drive) over uploading them to the internet.
  8. a_shy_girl_1999

    a_shy_girl_1999 New Member

    The easiest way to transfer programs and files in one shot --- get a removable hard disk and put them in there and transfer them over.

    The disadvantage of this is that some programs cannot be transferred like this. Those programs (mainly ones that need reg. values) need to be reinstalled on the computer using either the CD you have or by downloading the setup file again.
  9. dogma

    dogma New Member

    The only absolutely reliable way of getting your programs onto your new computer is to re-install them. And if you're using Vista, then chances are even that isn't going to work. (I'm not a Microsoft hater, I actually use Vista on a day to day basis).

    Technical part:
    If you have a Mac, as somebody already said, it is possible to just move the installers over. It was also possible to move a Mac version of Office over to a new computer by merely copying and pasting the folder with all of the program files in, but they've closed this loophole.

    The reason why you can't do this for Windows (as someone else has already said) is that Windows scatters the parts needed for a program to run in different places. reg entries, dll files and the exe file are all gonna be in different places.

    Transfer licenses for (non-free) Adobe products usually works fairly well, if you use Adobe products (biut I guess not, given your question and the complexity of their products).

    *technical part ends*

    In short, don't listen to the people who are offering ridiculous solutions to your issue. Emailing your files? Please. Yahoo Briefcase? It cannot transfer programs, only your files. Re-install all of your programs afresh. No other real way of doing it AFAIK.

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