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How can I do an exact copy from a 2000 PC to a new XP PC?

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I have a new XP PC and want to copy exactly everything from a 2000 PC to it. Is there an application that will do the job?
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by:SysExpert
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You need an application mover, and there is no guarantee that all apps can be transferred.

DO a google search for
software transfer program

I hope this helps !

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I hope this helps !
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better search in google

transfer software to new computer
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by:dwielgosz
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Do you have any experience with any of these? Laplink says it does it all but was short on specifics. I have a business accounting application that I need to move because the installation process was s pain in the butt.
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by:dwielgosz
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personality clone sounds as if it simply copies a user profile from the old to the new PC. I need to move entire applications. Not many apps install into it's own seperate directory anymore. Most have a habit of dispersing files into the windows system folder or elsewhere.
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by:SysExpert
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Because you have special apps, it is hard to say.

In any case I am sure that it copies files, registry entries and more in an effort to trasfer  programs from the old PC to the new one.

Like I said, there will be no guarantees, but it might be worth the price to try, and it may make a reinstall faster if the config files are copied over.

In any event, I would make sure I have an image backup of your new system beforehand so that in a worst case scenario, you can restore to a pristine system.

I hope this helps !
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by:SysExpert
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Please note, I was talking about PC Mover from Laplink
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by:dwielgosz
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As I was also. Thank you but I think I'd better just reinstall everything. To use any of the apps that you suggested is too iffy because if it fails to do what I want, then I may end up with more time spent on it than if I had just straight out installed everything.
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by:dwielgosz
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Good answer, not what I wanted to hear but you answered the question. Thanks again.
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