Title: Big Question ?? Any way to get installed program
Jane - January 5, 2011 08:55 PM (GMT)
off one computer and transfered to another one??? With out having to reinstall it ??
Tess - January 6, 2011 12:19 AM (GMT)
The only way i know is very slow. Copy everything you can find onto the other computer and then try to run it. Take note of all the bits missing and go copy them as well when it won't run.
Trouble is the installation puts stuff all over the place and it can take ages.
Morris - January 6, 2011 12:34 AM (GMT)
The main problem with trying to get an installed program off one computer to another is that the registry entries have to be right or the program won't run.
There are program migration utilities out there but I know of no free ones. It's in fact easier just to install it again on the new computer for the most part.
Jane - January 6, 2011 01:40 AM (GMT)
Well I got a free program several months ago on the free giveaway of the day site and I finally figured a way and it worked, I went to the laptop and copied the program files folder and pasted it in the program files folder on the new laptop and then made a shortcut to the desktop and it worked dance.gif dance.gif dance.gif
All programs wont work this way but this one did jdanc.gif jdanc.gif jdanc.gif
It is Picture Collage maker pro and it is back in business jdanc.gif jdanc.gif
da_mccoy - January 6, 2011 01:16 PM (GMT)
Well, you got lucky here Jane. This application must be a low impact install which doesn't configure into any other applications or through out the O/S. It must only point to the Pictures folder Of Windows.
We have all opened the application trees on our system, and observed the shared files, caches and logs which are created application to application.
Picasa also has a nice collage feature available too. A work product is my Desktop right now.
Jane - January 6, 2011 01:50 PM (GMT)
DA it was a chance I had to try cause the program is $39 bucks and I wasnt going to pay that for it and I do like to use it now and then so it was well worth the try
Your ight most programs throw files all over the registry and no way can you do what I did but some that has most of what it does in a folder will work that way
and some will work of a thumb drive to dance.gif dance.gif dance.gif
This one might but it is a very large file so I wont try that :lol: :lol:
Cat - January 6, 2011 04:39 PM (GMT)
Jane, I have had very good results, copying just the program files folder to another puter. It cant be done with everything, but with a lot of folders and games, it is sure worth trying. I have found with games, I dont even lose my scores. When I bring it up on the other puter, it is already to play. I did that with several games before I left for Minnesota in October.
Jane - January 6, 2011 05:17 PM (GMT)
I have had sone great success doing the same thing Cat so it is always worth a try, it either works or it dont :lol: :lol:
da_mccoy - January 6, 2011 06:39 PM (GMT)
These applications you refer to must be real light-weights. Most everything now gets configured into the browsers, and the AVs get configured into them. If you think I am exaggerating take a view of the Local folders and the Shared Data folders.
Jane - January 6, 2011 08:23 PM (GMT)
This is a photo program DA and lots of times them and greeting card programs will work this way, Now MS office and many other programs wont work that way cause they do use shared folders , and some of these surprse me when they work :) :)
Cat - January 6, 2011 08:57 PM (GMT)
There are a lot of programs that will not work that way, but there are also a lot of them that will, and always worth a try. Especially with the things you get from give away of the day, because, you dont have any way to activate them on another puter, if you want to transfer something.