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Moving from windows vista to windows 10

Moving from windows vista to Migrating External hard drives

Best Answer phillpower2 , 13 June 2017 - 04:36 AM

   Glendue, Not doable I`m afraid  photos, music and videos can be copied from the external HDD but all programs have to be installed, this is due to the exe and dlls that are... Go to the full post »

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I backed up my windows vista on a WD elements external drive. What are the steps I should take to get all of what was on the old computer onto my new windows 10 PC? I have several casino games on the old computer and I want to have them on my new computer without having to install them again. That goes for my antivirus program also.

Even though I have the external drive, I considered using an ethernet cable to try the migration, but I really don't know what I'm doing. Can someone please help me? Thanks much.
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:welcome:    Glendue,


Not doable I`m afraid  :( photos, music and videos can be copied from the external HDD but all programs have to be installed, this is due to the exe and dlls that are associated with programs, you can drag them across to the new computer using a couple of methods but the programs will not run.


JAFYI: The term migration where software is concerned is most often associated with a user transferring the entire contents of an existing storage device to a new storage device that has been fitted to the same computer as the old storage device was removed from, upgrading to an SSD from a mechanical drive being the most common and most SSD manufacturers supply migration software bundled with the SSD for doing this.


If your new computer is the desktop type and you have a free bay you could fit the old HDD into the new computer to access the games but only if compatible with Windows 10, your AV program will need to be clean installed on the new PC (any licence key permitting this) and the previous if surplus to requirements OS would either need to be deleted or the drive disabled as a boot device, the licence key for Windows like the AV program may dictate whether or not the software can be legally used on any new computer.

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The only way I can think to do this with any chance of success would be to upgrade Vista yo Windows 7 then upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10.

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