Transfering whole applications from one hard drive to another

In summary: All in all, it is possible, but it would be a lot of work and would require a lot of luck. Thanks for the question.
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I just did a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit on my system. unfortunately I misplaced the box of CDs with most of my applications. I still have the hard drive where all the apps are installed. is it possible to extract the entire application from the old HD and install it on the new one? I have all the License numbers and activation codes , I just don't have access to the install CDs.

any help would be appreciated,

Don
 
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I wouldn't rule it out, but I figure it will be expensive. Doing it yourself will be messy and time consuming. The problem is you have lots of missing registry entries and sometimes different folder locations.
 
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That is what I was afraid of. thanks for the reply.
I have looked everywhere and cannot find the original CDs. it is really upsetting because I just upgraded and now I do not have access to any of my software unless I boot from the old drive, in doing so however I cannot take advantage of the majority of the hardware I just purchased.

Thank you again though for confirming my fears,

Cheers,

Don
 
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Files and folders are a simple transfer, applications however as stated above require a lot more information such as registry keys and file locations are different with 64 bit windows vs 32bit. some programs may copy over and work but majority will require time effort and know how to find all the parts of the program including registry keys cookies and app data, some even require the mac address to be the same and can not be copied without copying the mac address from the source computer.

So it all "can" be done, it just depends on the programs and the amount of time you want to consume in doing so.
 
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If you have the licensing and codes, you should be able to find a file on the internet you can then burn to a cd of the same version/build and just use your codes.

Some software might run without registry entries but not many will.

You might be able to use some software by copying the folders to the same places as in the original system and simply (not really simply) use the registry editor on the registry from the old hard drive so you can duplicate the entries on the new system...but many software packages have important registry entries hidden where you would least expect it.
 
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1. How do I transfer an entire application from one hard drive to another?

To transfer an entire application from one hard drive to another, you will need to first locate the application's installation files on your current hard drive. You can usually find these in the "Program Files" or "Applications" folder. Once you have located the installation files, you can copy and paste them onto your new hard drive. You may need to reinstall the application to ensure all files are properly transferred.

2. Can I transfer an application from a Windows PC to a Mac?

Yes, it is possible to transfer an application from a Windows PC to a Mac, but it may not always be compatible. Some applications are designed specifically for one operating system and may not work on the other. It is best to check the compatibility of the application before attempting to transfer it.

3. Is it necessary to transfer all files associated with an application?

In most cases, it is necessary to transfer all files associated with an application in order for it to function properly. This includes not only the installation files, but also any additional files, such as settings or preferences, that may be stored in a separate location. If you are unsure which files are necessary, it is best to transfer all associated files to ensure the application works correctly.

4. Can I transfer an application between two external hard drives?

Yes, you can transfer an application between two external hard drives. The process is similar to transferring an application between internal hard drives. You will need to locate the installation files on the current external hard drive and copy them onto the new external hard drive. You may need to reinstall the application to ensure all files are properly transferred.

5. Will transferring an application affect its performance?

Transferring an application from one hard drive to another should not affect its performance. However, if the new hard drive is significantly slower or has less storage space, the application may run slower or have limited functionality. It is also important to make sure all necessary files are transferred and the application is properly installed to avoid any issues with performance.

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