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upgrading to new computer(s)

at my company we are upgrading computers from windows xp to windows 7.

each xp Pc has its own software the user uses an printers as well.  is there an easy way to transfer all the programs to the new windows 7 pc to prevent excessive time in finding setup files an installing programs one at a time?

in summary I need all programs that currently function on xp to function on windows 7.  

ur thoughts please!!!!
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TechyT
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Windows Easy Transfer will move all the user data and settings, but programs and printers should be installed to set all the registry entries and put all the dlls in the right place.  There are progams that claim to be able to do this for you, but I cannot reccomend any to you.

For Easy Transfer you will need a target or a transfer cable, and you should deselect any resource that will be available after the old system is decommisioned, such as external drives or shared drives on the network.
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shahzoorCommented:
If you are upgrading the xp machine, problem should not be there
but still if you want a tool
go for PC Mover
http://www.laplink.com/pcmover
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JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
In my opinion it is best to get fresh windows 7 and look for msi files. Especially if you are going for windows7 64bits. I did several school migrations. Amount of errors, blue screens and broken dlls you get it is just not worth it. Just precreate windows 7 image with allrequired software sysprepit and image it using sccm or ghost.
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TechyTAuthor Commented:
Thanks I will get company to buy pcmover
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So you're saying the company didn't keep the original media/downloads in a common place to make them easy to find if/when the computer fails?  Because rather than looking to an upgrade (as opposed to a clean install), you should be TESTING all the software you want to use, means means installing it on another Win7 system for testing.  Verifying that it runs at all and that it works under 64 bit Windows (unless you're going with 32 bit).  And at the end of the day, if a program has a weird problem under Windows 7 after being "moved", how are you going to know if it's the program not being properly installed or it's because of an incompatibility with 7?  Using tools like PC Mover is a short cut that tends to INCREASE time in the long run.  Best of luck.
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