vista on old laptop to w7 on new laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Paul H, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    If someone buys a new laptop with w7, can she move her installed
    applications from her old vista laptop to her new w7 laptop? TIA, Paul
     
    Paul H, Jun 2, 2010
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  2. Paul H

    peter Guest

    The answer depends upon the Applications.
    Any Application bought seperately that she has the CD for can be
    installed on the new Laptop...usually after uninstalling from old Laptop.
    Any Application that originally came with the old Laptop and was part of the
    "install" CD or Recovery Partition installation procedure cannot be
    installed
    to the new Laptop. If the program came on a seperate installation CD then it
    usually
    can be installed unless it is specific to the manufacturer of the old
    Laptop. A Dell
    program most likely will not work on a HP computer.
    You cannot just move the installation directory from one Laptop to the next.
    There
    are Registry entries that are needed to make the program function.

    peter
     
    peter, Jun 2, 2010
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  3. In general, no, although the reason has nothing to do with Windows
    Vista or Windows 7 in particular. Applications have many references
    within the registry and elsewhere within \windows, and those
    references are needed and can't be transferred. You will have to
    reinstall the programs from the original media.

    There's an occasional exception to the above, but generally they are
    few small and simple programs.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 2, 2010
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  4. Paul H

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Paul.

    Peter and Ken have explained the need for each application's Install routine
    to write the proper Registry entries into the new computer. But she can
    make the job somewhat easier by using the built-in application Windows Easy
    Transfer. (I don't recall where on the Start Menu its original location
    was; I have it pinned to my Start Menu.) Run WET on the old computer (yes,
    it will run in Vista), saving its output onto a flash drive or other mobile
    media. Then plug that media into the new computer and run WET again. This
    won't bring forward everything from the old system - and it will not
    re-install the applications, but it will ease the transition significantly
    for many users.

    RC
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    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
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    R. C. White, Jun 2, 2010
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  5. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    Hi RC,

    About a year ago I did buy and use Laplink's PC Mover for 40 bucks and moved
    installed applications, data, programs, and apparently registry entries from
    an old HP XP Pro to a new Acer Palmtop with XP home. I had applications for
    which I had downloaded as freeware from places like CNET and then lost the
    install files. Well, "slam, bam, thank you Mam", it worked perfectly, My
    precious applications, with the custom choices I made, ran perfectly on the
    Acer, so I was able to wipe the old HP laptop and sell it.

    If my friend wanted to just upgrade to W7 on her old laptop, her
    applications would stay intact. I was hoping a similar ability existed if
    the W7 was on a different (new) laptop.

    Paul
     
    Paul H, Jun 3, 2010
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  6. Paul H

    Paul H Guest

    Hi RC,

    Typo, fixed below - Netbook, not palmtop!

    About a year ago I did buy and use Laplink's PC Mover for 40 bucks and moved
    installed applications, data, programs, and apparently registry entries from
    an old HP XP Pro to a new Acer netbook with XP home. I had applications for
    which I had downloaded as freeware from places like CNET and then lost the
    install files. Well, "slam, bam, thank you Mam", it worked perfectly, My
    precious applications, with the custom choices I made, ran perfectly on the
    Acer, so I was able to wipe the old HP laptop and sell it.

    If my friend wanted to just upgrade to W7 on her old laptop, her
    applications would stay intact. I was hoping a similar ability existed if
    the W7 was on a different (new) laptop.

    Paul
     
    Paul H, Jun 3, 2010
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