I AM TRYING TO COPY ALL OF MY PROGRAMS FROM ONE PC TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE SO I CAN LOAD THEM ALL TO A NEW MACHINE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOAD THE SOFTWARE FROM THIS COPY. I HAVE A MAXTOR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO DO THIS?
I typically use Norton Ghost to image a drive in a computer. This image can be restored to another computer by booting up off the Norton Ghost CD and restoring the image (even from an External USB Drive). One problem that you will encounter though it that the transferred Windows is most likely going to complain like crazy about finding itself on another computer, but there are ways around that when the time comes.
OP said "Programs." You can't do that just with the programs, because the installations also drop files into the Windows folder and make changes in the registry. You have to install them on the 2nd computer one by one.