Copying programs

Hi
I am getting new cpu. I have certain programs on old one that I want to copy to the new one because those were the one I got from my university such as VISIO, ms office etc
can I copy these programes to the new one and how can I do this?

Thanks
atwork2003Asked:
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David WallConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi there is a new product from Laplink called PC mover http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/ that proports to be able to migrate applications , I havent tried but it may answer your problems its about $50 to download.

it but would be most interested to hear if it works for you.

David
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It is unlikely that you can copy those programs - they make entries in the registry and are tied to one machine.  You should check the copyright notices about what is allowed in each case, or you may be getting into a legal issue.

If you are never going to use the old system again, you could try transplanting the hard drive (or making an image of it with Acronis True Image, Ghost, or Boot-It NG and restoring the image to a new drive).  This will likely require a repair install http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm to make it work with the new hardware, and if the hardware is too different, it may fail entirely.  It is best to reinstall from scratch, to ensure they will work properly.
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David WallCommented:
Many thanks
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