Transferring programs to new computer

By rocks911
Jan 19, 2010
  1. Is there a program that transfers programs from one computer to another?

    I have an HP desktop running XP and in the not too distant future I want to purchase a new computer, running Windows 7 I'm sure. I have gobs of handy programs that I use and would like to transfer those that will work onto the new computer. Is there any software that does that? I've had this XP for so long I hate to lose it's capabilities with all the software I have.
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Yes, it's the Windows File Transfer Wizard or
    in Windows 7 referred to as Windows Easy Transfer.
    Depending on how large your files are, you may need a portable media drive to accomplish this.
    I just used it about a month ago and works seamlessly great.
  3. rocks911

    rocks911 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Thanks for the quick reply. I sorta thought that was the case but it's been so long since I've had to consider it I wasnt sure.
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Just a note, you'll need to install actual programs, you can only transfer files.
    If you have a home network, you can transfer using that method.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    yes; while the transfer agent will copy the user's profile settings, it will not copy installed programs.

    the files from \Program Files might be moved manually, but then there's that $%&^ registry :(
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