transferring programs to a new computer

I am going to buy a new tower running Win98. I am currently running Win 95. I have an internal Seagate 4gb backup tape drive. I intend to install this drive into the new tower and then try to load Four years worth of programs (many of which are shareware downloads). Can I do this and what problems can I expect?       Len
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

If your backup tape contains only the programs, they should work fine in win 98.
When you say backup, if it is a backup of your current win95 drive with those programs installed I think you may have a problem. I don't know what program you have saved but if they install files in a win folder or system folder I don't think you will be able to do it.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
OK, here's what's going on.
The programs will work fine unless they require a registry entry in which case, they wont have one and wont function well if at all.  Some smaller programs like shareware games and such don't require registry entries and will be fine.  In the case of programs like Winzip or similar which could be downloaded again easily, you would be much better off doing so.
unless I'm misunderstanding and you actually have the setup files for these programs in which case, you'll be fine
I agree with sorgie. It depends on what you've backed up and are trying to load. If you've backed up the install files(setup.exe) and the documents that you've created with them, you should be fine. You DO of course have to reinstall these programs(hopefully all win98 compatible) and then replace the files you've created.
On the other hand if you did a backup where it essentially made a copy of your directory tree and the files within it, restoring that onto the new computer is pretty dangerous, especially if you choose to overwrite existing directories, or even if you don't.
What I would do is just back up files you've created(documents,excel spreadsheets, pictures, mp3's) and setup files(these are the only 2 things that ever need to be backed up) for all the shareware and restore these to the new computer and then reinstall everything.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.