Reading external hard drive

I have inserted the old HD from my old HP computer, in a HD docking unit . Why cant I open programs up when Its attached to my IBM thinkpad laptop. I can read the contents and transfer pics .but cant open the microsoft works office and read all my docs . That was the reason to do this . Both old HD and laptop use XP
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  1. You can't use programs that were installed on an old hard drive. You must install the program you are trying to use on your laptop.

    To summarize: install microsoft works, microsoft office, or openoffice on your laptop. Now you will be able to open the docs that are located on your old hard drive.
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