I have a couple of computers running Win2k.
Despite the fact that I have to check whether they can run Win7 (if I add some RAM, I think they would) I'd like to know if there is a way of migrating all the installed Software to Win7.
On my Mac it was just plugging in the old HDD unto the USB- port, installing the new OSX and then telling OSX to migrate settings and data from the external drive (I bought a new HDD for my computer and then installed the new OS).
So I thought, that there might be a way for Windows similar to that one in OSX.
Simple way would be to export all your data to a USB device then do a clean install of windows 7. A lot of people had problems with upgrade versions of Windows 7 - though this wont be an option to you - last time I looked it was only possible from XP or Vista.
Too bad, in that case, I think a clean install is the best way. And then I'll reinstall all the software.
How about a clean install of Win7 and all the other programs I need and then using a program that saves the relevant data from the Win2k registry and then adds them to the registry after Win7 is installed?
"How about a clean install of Win7 and all the other programs I need and then using a program that saves the relevant data from the Win2k registry and then adds them to the registry after Win7 is installed? "
Do not do this as the registry may be somewheat different from WIN2k and Windows 7. If you did export your registry and try to import it into windows 7 it may work but it also may screw up your OS.
Like what Ulysses35 mentioned, just copy or export your data to a USB drive and then do a clean install.
Also, some of the programs you are using on your Win2K may not be compatible with Windows 7- so you may want to double check those programs before you do anything with their respective websites, or they may need a newer version.
I agree, working directly on the Registry may be risky. Moreover, there is a chance, that the Version installed on Win2k does not work with Win7. Thus it's better to check with the software- vendor, whether there is a new release for Win7 (or if I have to use XP (whereever it is still sold) , since I don't expect them using Vista).