Looking for way to transfer application programs to new PC

earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
Both PCs have Windows XP but the one in use is old and on its last legs. It has a few programs that I can't get the original discs for (they still use these) and they don't want to fork out money for another office install either (they still have office 2000 on here). Looking for ways to transfer the programs themselves to the new PC that wont take a real long time or extra expense.
No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.

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  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    I found a program called pickmeapp and it worked transferring a few things between vms but would like something that's not in beta.
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  • KeithCKeithC Posts: 147Member
    This may sound stupid but have you tried to copy the directory to the new computer? Some old programs don't install dll's and the such.
  • datgirldatgirl Posts: 62Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    KeithC wrote: »
    This may sound stupid but have you tried to copy the directory to the new computer? Some old programs don't install dll's and the such.

    I have utilized this method a few times, been successful at times, and at other times not so much.
  • ptilsenptilsen Posts: 2,835Member
    One workaround is to P to V them so the old computer is accessible. You might get lucky with a directory copy, and many programs work if you find, export, and import their reg entries (though you'll need to make some chances if the destination is 64-bit and the app is 32-bit), but this can be a big hassle and still not work. I would probably just go the VM route, especially if they're older applications.
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