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How do I Transfer Some (not all) Programs from my SSD & HDD to my New SSD.

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February 11, 2014 2:19:22 PM

I have recently purchased a Samsung 840 Pro (256GB). I want to do a fresh install of Windows 7 onto it. I want to transfer some programs from my SSD (Win7 already installed on it), & some programs from my HDD (No OS installed)...to my new Samsung 840 Pro. But, I am hesitant to do so, because I'm not sure what will happen if I have 2 SSD's with the same Windows 7 (Same OEM Version, Same CD) installed on them, & connected to my PC.
I've thought of just doing fresh installs of everything onto my new SSD (I'd rather avoid this), but how do i get the OS off my old SSD...so I can continue using it in my PC?
I'm just not proficient enough in my Technological Super Powers to be confident of what the heck I'm doing! I'm afraid I'm going to blow everything to hell!

NEW SSD:
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW

My Build:
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI 626 913 0828

AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - (Black)

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

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February 11, 2014 2:38:04 PM

You can't transfer (most) programs, they are intertwined with the registry & will need to be re-installed with the new OS. A 'few' programs don't use the registry, but these tend to be very minor programs
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February 11, 2014 2:43:37 PM

As a general rule you cannot transfer INSTALLED programs from one windows install to another. Im sure there are thirdparty programs that will attempt this, but your best bet is to re-install. I have yet to hear good reports from any of those programs.

My suggestion:
Clone your old SSD to new new Samsung using clonezilla or similar disk software.
Disconnect the old ssd.
boot from the new ssd.
uninstall what you dont want.
re-install anything thats missing

Its more work up front, but it will save you the headache of dealing with mis-configured programs in the long run.
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