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Transfering file and applications to new laptop


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I am buying a new laptop and would like to transfer specific applications and files from my current laptop. I have a 60 GB external USB drive and have backed up my current laptop. I do not have problems with data files. I would like to know a procedure or good software package to move applications to the new laptop.
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moving this as it is not a comment nor suggestion about the site
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I do not understand your reply. Did I post in the wrong area? I am looking for help with new PC setup using a lot of data from current PC.
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he meant that was the wrong forum....

what you propose is in many cases difficult to impossible because Windows does nto install programs in a directory with its corresponding settings and application support files. Instead, these are sprinkled in several areas of the drive and the registry

There are no programs that can do this reliably

A few programs can be moved, but not many...did you have specific programs in mind?

It is best to move the data and reinstall the programs on the new machine
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I was mainly concerned about applications for which I no longer have the CDs to reinstall......such as MS OFfice Pro. I have all the files on my external USB hard drive. Can I copy the current directories and point to the USB drive when asked for missing files.
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no because the bigger issue will be the 15,000 registry settings office installs

What you could do is download openoffice, which is free, and reads MS office files

It is a very good office suite

99 percent of people who use office don't use 99 percent of office and are equally well served by something like openoffice if they do not need to share files constantly or use more advanced features of Office
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Thanks. I am one of those users. I use Word, Excel, and Power Point for business but nothing fancy. I'll find openoffice and try it.
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Thanks. I am one of those users. I use Word, Excel, and Power Point for business but nothing fancy. I'll find openoffice and try it.
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Thanks. I am one of those users. I use Word, Excel, and Power Point for business but nothing fancy. I'll find openoffice and try it.
Thanks,
Tom
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http://www.openoffice.org/
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Thanks.
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