To Copy an Installed program

By hlrg
Mar 31, 2006
  1. Hi, Anyone know of a way to make a working copy of an installed program in XP ? I can't find my oriiginal installation CD. The only place I can find the entire program is in Add/Remove Programs & cannot copy from there. Thanks Much!
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    You have two options -

    1.Find the CD.
    2.Make an image of the whole drive,using Acronis,Paragon or Norton.
    3.Er,that`s it.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    if your lucky you can try to hunt down all related files dll .dat what ever was loaded on original machine
    I have done this twice it is some work
    go to you existing file folder and copy over to another machine
    go to registery and fine all related files for program
    copy these over to reg of other machine
    try to run the app
    sometimes you will be prompted to load a missing file
    go back fine that or those files and copy over
    the problem is most newer apps use machine ID code when that are loaded
    when you use a diff machine the code changes and it will ask for the reg keys again or just not run it may even lock up the other machine
    this is for anti-piracy
    I would not play with it anymore not worth the time
    if you still have your reg keys should always keep a txt of all your keys
    you can dwnload the version and reload on new machine ,again I stress this can be construed as piracy as the license is for 1 seat most of the time
    most of my software uses activation the few that does not uses machine ID code cannot be transfered
    good luck
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