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    jamjar
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    Moving s/ware to a new computer

    I am about to get myself a needed new pc......old one struggles with its load too much! But...is there any way to locate all the bits and pieces of a software program that I want to relocate into the new computer? Some of my old software has no master disk or installation file..and I know not where all the associated, important little bits (.dll's and stuff) are hiding on the old HD.
    Anyone know a way to sort this problem out to move the program(s)?

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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    Good luck. The ONLY sure way is to reinstall from the master disk. I you should have the masters if you own the software.
    Also, I am asuming that the new machine will have Windows 98 or better on it. So this will also be MORE of a problem. Ther is a lot of different support files that are installed by the different software for the different OS's.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    jamjar
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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    Thanks, but;
    I do have install disks for all my major programs, but for a lot of paid for Really Usefull shareware I have no "install.exe" or registry number files. I didn't plan ahead!

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    jamjar
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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    Thanks, but;
    I do have install disks for all my major programs, but for a lot of paid for Really Usefull shareware I have no "install.exe" or registration number references. I didn't plan ahead!

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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    Have you thought about using Ghost or something of that nature. It'll allow a full image of your HD to be taken and simply transferred to the new PC.

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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    The ghost idea could work but unfortunatley, it also brings over the hardware configuration and that may cause problems
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    jamjar
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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    Ghost gives me an idea though..could I use it, transfer all, then delete everything except the programs I am interested in moving this way?

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    Re: Moving s/ware to a new computer

    One of the options in programs such as <A HREF="http://www.symantec.com/sabu/qdeck/
    " target="_blank">Cleansweep</A> is to move or copy a program to another computer. This is done by gathering all of the required files and registry settings into one large file that can be copied to the new computer to be installed by Cleansweep on that computer. One problem that this creates is that the file Cleansweep creates may be too large for one floppy to transport to the new computer. To handle this there are some very good freeware programs to split up large files into smaller pieces to fit on floppies. HJSplit at http://freebyte.com/hjsplit/ requires the use of the program on the computer where the large file is split into smaller pieces and on the second computer where the small files are recombined. This should not be a problem in your case since you have access to both computers. "The File Splitter" at http://members.nbci.com/mbjorklu/file_splitter/ has the advantage that no separate program is needed on the computer where the small files are to be recombined. This makes it good for sending files to other persons who would not have "The File Splitter" and cannot receive large files.

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