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Copy application on one pc to another

How do i copy the software from one pc to another? Is this possible? I have it installed on one pc but I lost the CD and will  be selling the old pc so I want to be able to copy it to my new pc but it's asking for a product key. Where do I find the product key without having to buy a new one? I was told the system registry should store it but i cant find it.
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Jon500Commented:
What application is it that you're trying to copy?

Regards,
Jon500
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
It's a engineering software used to read and test hardware. It's a custom proprietary software.
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Jon500Commented:
I asked because many product keys can be found in the registry.

If you are familiar with the registry, you can try launching RegEdt32 and going to this branch:
HKLM\Software

At that point, look for your software vendor's name and expand the branch there. If you're lucky, you'll find the product id sitting there along with other settings.

Regards,
Jon500

* HKLM = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
Yeah I tried that and I couldnt find anything. Do you think the product key is the Binary data in the key?
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Jon500Commented:
It may be, but there is no industry standard software developers must use when asking for, storing, and validating Product ID values or Product Keys. In fact, some never store them on your machine, they only ask during Setup and then validate at that point only.

Sometimes the Product ID is in a Help|About screen. Might we have some luck there???

Other than that, you can use tools like RegMon to see if your software is accessing the registry for some sort of product key while it launches successfully on your existing machine. Describing how to use RegMon is outside the scope of this answer, but you can read about it on your own, should you wish to pursue this rather time-intensive option:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896652.aspx

There is also a FileMon utility from the same site. It will let you know which files are being accessed.

To move your software, I would do the move then you can also try to run these tools on the NEW machine, even if the software shows errors. The cool thing about these tools is that they will show when a program tried to read a file or registry entry that simply was not available. In this sense, you might be able to copy values from your existing machine to the new machine.

You might also look at http://www.spearit.com. They have a product called "MoveMe" that has been reviewed favorable--although I have no first-hand experience with it.

And I know you don't want to hear this: ALWAYS keep your product IDs in a safe place. They are essentially the keys to the car.

Regards,
Jon500
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John GriffithCommented:
See if Belarc Advisor can retrieve the product key code for your app - http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Run Belarc - it may pause @ 54% (normal), then output will open in a web browser.  About 1/2-way down are key codes.
If you lack the DVD or original download, see if a trial version of the proprietary app is offered.  Quite often, the trial can be converted to full-blown production version after keycode is entered.  If problems ensue, check with software manufacturer - explain that you had to re-install OS.  They are usually helpful.
Regards. . .
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nobusCommented:
i suggest to use pc mover : http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmover.html
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
PC mover only requires a license purchase for a 1 time move right? Which version do I get? and are there any other suggestions?
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nobusCommented:
what do you mean with which version ??
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
There's different editions of PC Mover (Professional, Home etc.,)
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
Ok, question - can I use Norton's GHOST to copy the hard drive image to use on the new system? Will the application work?
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Jon500Commented:
This question has changed dramatically. Moving AN application is a different task from moving an entire operating system--with all of its programs.

GHOST is complex, so good luck. If you do things right, you might achieve success but what you will face is that the hardware environment is likely different and depending on the drives (if you go from IDE to SATA, for instance), you're not going to get things working without tremendous effort, research, and headaches. I have been down this path many times...

The best software for moving from one machine to another and having any prayer of it working after is Acronis' Universal Restore feature, available with their True Image Workstation product. Go to acronis.com to learn more.

Every idea I gave you is viable but takes effort. You're looking for a quick fix. If BELARC ADVISOR did not help you (I had my doubts--it usually finds product keys of the big software makers only, such as Microsoft or Adobe), then calling the company may be your best bet. After that, you're down to detective work or buying a "mover" product.

Regards,
Jon500
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nobusCommented:
if you want the professional, or home version, that is for you to decide, after checking their options and possibilities.
normally Home is the way to go for simple tasks
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TeknikDevAuthor Commented:
None helped solve the solution, but great advice!
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