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How to transfer individual programs from one hard drive to another?

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June 28, 2012 6:41:57 PM

How can I transfer a program if I do not have the original install disks? I cannot just copy the program because the files are all over the registry and such and simply copying it will not work.
June 28, 2012 7:09:54 PM

You've basically stated the answer.

You need to be able to reinstall the program. It might be possible to download the installer of the software maker's site and use the key you already have from your previous install.
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June 28, 2012 7:16:25 PM

if your running out of room or the old drive is failing..you may be better off using a drive clone program and cloning your whole drive to the new one. if the data is fine on the new drive then you can wipe the old one or use it as a back up.
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a b D Laptop
June 28, 2012 7:17:10 PM

You are talking about something that could be construed as illegal. You are talking about cloning the registry settings/keys on another system instead of installing from the CD.
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June 28, 2012 7:29:24 PM

ahnilated said:
You are talking about something that could be construed as illegal. You are talking about cloning the registry settings/keys on another system instead of installing from the CD.


No I am not interested in doing something illegal. What I am talking about is if I have lost my install disks and do not want to rebuy because I have already paid for it how can I move the program.
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a b D Laptop
June 28, 2012 7:36:11 PM

Contact the software vendor. In many cases, media (CD/DVD) is available for small charge.
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a b D Laptop
June 28, 2012 8:03:53 PM

I am sorry but I can't explain how you would do this being we can't prove that you own the software.
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a b D Laptop
June 28, 2012 9:20:06 PM

Of course ur software is not pirated. Else, whole would bother too go to such an extend to transfer the software. The question is what type of software r u using. Most of the software r available as 1 month free use download/ or with computer magazinesas free goodies on their dvd. If that is the case u can just install and input ur serial number and connect via the Internet to activate it. one problem here is the version number. Sometimes the sites keeps a few older versions. Mostly u need ur legit serial number and ur installed version number should match.
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