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July 7, 2013 5:14:40 PM

whats the easiest way to get programs from one computer to a new computer? many were bought off internet downloads so I have no original disc.

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July 7, 2013 5:20:01 PM

Move the HDD to the new PC, copy everything over to the new HDD, then put the HDD back in the original PC.
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July 8, 2013 11:36:48 AM

JRAtk94 said:
Move the HDD to the new PC, copy everything over to the new HDD, then put the HDD back in the original PC.


This will not work, will end up a huge mess especially if the hardware is different and if anything needs reistry enteries .

Some programs will work if you just copy their directories but not many. If things were bought onine, just go to those sites and re-install from there. You can re-download software you paid for. If you saved the files first before installing the programs, they would still be in your Downloads folder, so all you'd need to do is re-run the setup program and register the new setup with whatever key they gave you, if needed.
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July 8, 2013 12:47:17 PM

hang-the-9 said:
JRAtk94 said:
Move the HDD to the new PC, copy everything over to the new HDD, then put the HDD back in the original PC.


This will not work, will end up a huge mess especially if the hardware is different and if anything needs reistry enteries .

Some programs will work if you just copy their directories but not many. If things were bought onine, just go to those sites and re-install from there. You can re-download software you paid for. If you saved the files first before installing the programs, they would still be in your Downloads folder, so all you'd need to do is re-run the setup program and register the new setup with whatever key they gave you, if needed.

Thanks for your responses,
I have been reading around and even went to the local geek squad, and it appears I am hearing pretty much what you have said. My concern is I am not the best at keeping the records of things bought online a few years ago :/  and now Im afraid im going to pay for it.
So let me ask this...what if I put old HDD in new build as just another drive, can I then just access those programs like I would from any other drive? both are win 7 machines. Or will the old HP operating system on old hdd cause me issue?
Thanks for helping this newb.


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July 8, 2013 1:17:40 PM

Grwn said:
hang-the-9 said:
JRAtk94 said:
Move the HDD to the new PC, copy everything over to the new HDD, then put the HDD back in the original PC.


This will not work, will end up a huge mess especially if the hardware is different and if anything needs reistry enteries .

Some programs will work if you just copy their directories but not many. If things were bought onine, just go to those sites and re-install from there. You can re-download software you paid for. If you saved the files first before installing the programs, they would still be in your Downloads folder, so all you'd need to do is re-run the setup program and register the new setup with whatever key they gave you, if needed.

Thanks for your responses,
I have been reading around and even went to the local geek squad, and it appears I am hearing pretty much what you have said. My concern is I am not the best at keeping the records of things bought online a few years ago :/  and now Im afraid im going to pay for it.
So let me ask this...what if I put old HDD in new build as just another drive, can I then just access those programs like I would from any other drive? both are win 7 machines. Or will the old HP operating system on old hdd cause me issue?
Thanks for helping this newb.




IF those programs that were installed only need to run off the directory they are in without any other files, they will run if you just copy them over or run them off the other drive. Just trying to run things off the other drive is the same thing as copying the files over, you will be missing many things needed on your current Windows installation, programs add things into the registry, some to the user directory, some to Windows directory, usually all 3 places. Unless you know exactly what goes where for each program, they won't work.

Look in your email, every time you buy something online you would get a confirmation email and often the setup code is in an email as well.
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July 8, 2013 1:59:05 PM

**Do the following ONLY if the old system came with win7 and not upgraded to it thru an upgrade disk**
make a full backup of the old drive.
Install the new hdd in the old system as a secondary drive.
Clone the old drive to the new one.
power down
disconnect old drive.
boot into bios and make new drive the boot drive
boot up with the new hdd
open an administrator command prompt (rt click on command prompt and then on run as admin)
type in: %windir%\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe
select the 'Generalize' and 'Shutdown' options.
When its done and the pc has shutdown. Remove the new drive and place it in the new system and boot up with it.
while its running its stuff you can re-connect the old drive in the old system and make sure its booting ok.
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July 8, 2013 3:16:32 PM

the old system is a HP that win 7 64 bit installed and the new computer is my first time attempt to build a computer after buying them for what seems decades. I ordered a OEM win 7 64 bit software with new stuff..
I guess Im telling you this so you know exactly as best as I can relay what the situation will be.

Thank you
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July 9, 2013 8:02:48 AM

The sysprep trick may work, but you may have an issue with the licensing of it. The Windows setup on the HP computer is an OEM license, which is also what you bought. But since the suggestion was to clone it, the new computer will have that exact same HP Windows 7 build on it, it may not accept the retail OEM license key. It's worth trying though. The sysprep process clears out any personal and system inormation from Windows, and will enable it to be setup on the computer, if it boots. Usually cloning a drive to use on different hardware causes issues with booting if the chipset is different.
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July 9, 2013 4:43:06 PM

From my Microsoft link above:

In Windows 7 Home Premium, type Anytime Upgrade in the Search programs and files box in the Start menu and click on the Windows Anytime Upgrade icon. From there, you can enter your retail Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate product key and perform a simple upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. Programs and files will stay on the computer.
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