easy way to transfer applications from XP machine to Vista machine

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by eganders, May 17, 2008.

  1. eganders

    eganders Guest

    I have an XP system with a lot of applications. I ordered a new
    laptop that will come with Vista. I would like to be able to transfer
    all my applications as seamlessly as possible to the new system. What
    is the best way to accomplish this?

    Example of applications:
    Word, Excel, Access, Outlook (with connection to Pocket PC)
    Visio
    Photoshop
    Quickbooks
    Card Scan
    Streets & Trips
    ACDSee
    and about 15 to 20 other specialized programs from DVD editing
    programs to TV remote editors to speaker design programs.

    It will probably take me days of time over a couple of months to get
    these programs reloaded on the new machine, with the possibility of
    some of them not working properly either due to compatibility problems
    with Vista to having original disks to programs that have had updates
    (automatic or otherwise) that will have to be updated again by going
    to the site and getting the updates.


    Is there a program, programs or a procedure that you-all can recommend
    that will make this LESS painful. Oh, I know it will be painful. I
    just want it to be LESS painful.

    Thanks in advance!

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    eganders, May 17, 2008
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    Not Me Guest

    For each program, make sure it is Vista Compatible.
    Install from the original media, find installer, right click and run as
    administrator
    I prefer to install somewhere other than the default location of Program
    Files as MS has locked this folder down in Vista and many older programs
    malfunction when installed there.
    If all else fails, install programs in compatibility mode.
    Once the programs are installed, you can try the Easy Transfer Wizard to
    move your data, but it doesn't always work.
     
    Not Me, May 18, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Rick Rogers, May 18, 2008
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    eganders Guest

    Thanks Rick. This just may be what I am looking for!
     
    eganders, May 18, 2008
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  5. eganders

    eganders Guest


    I am not familiar with the Easy Transfer Wizard and am not sure what
    "compatibility mode" is. Is the Easy Transfer Wizard loaded on XP &
    Vista machines or do you have to get it off the Microsoft site? What
    programs are considered to be "older"? The oldest I probably have
    that I really need are no older than 2000.
     
    eganders, May 18, 2008
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  6. Not only the best way, but it's also the only way: Insert each
    application's installation disk, and install.


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    Bruce Chambers, May 18, 2008
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  7. Disregard. I was thinking of a WinXP to WinXP transfer. As Rick said,
    Vista's Transfer utility should help.


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    killed a great many philosophers.
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    Bruce Chambers, May 18, 2008
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