Dead OEM motherboard and moving the programs to another computer.
Posted on 2006-03-22
One of my OEM computer's motherboard died last night. I have taken the hard drive out (it has OEM XP Home on it) and installed it, as the slave, in another computer running XP Pro. All the files on the OEM drive are OK.
My question, does anyone know of a safe way to move some of the installed programs from the OEM hard drive to the C:\ (primary HD) hard drive? (Can not just reinstall because I don't have any of the original CDs.)
I have looked at LapLink's PC Mover, but according to its documentation, it will only work when moving from one "live" machine to another.
I've also found a shareware program "Application Mover" but have not been able to locate any reviews of the software. Has anyone here ever used it? It sounds like it will only work on the working machine's registry. In other words, it looks at the current registry on the XP Pro C: drive in this case, for the references to the installed software and of course the references are only on the OEM hard drive's registry.
As most of you already know, replacing the OEM motherboard will make XP very unhappy and probably screw up some of the files on the OEM drive, so that too is not acceptable.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.