What is the Best software to transfer installed programs to a new computer

We have a Dell computer that keeps filling up the drive.  The new one with a much larger drive is on order.  There are several licensed programs installed on the old computer, that I want to get to the new computer without re-installing them.  Both are 64 bit.  

What is the best software to do this?
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you can't just move applications from one machine to another

besides possible license issues (depending on what it is) there are large amounts of registry entries and configuration files that would make it impossible to just relocate to another machine

microsoft's tools allow for transfer of files (documents, pictures, music, etc.) but not possible to transfer an application the way you are looking to do; would need to reinstall

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As Seth said , no software can copy all of the installed software to a dirrefent machine,

As a workaround, I suggest buy an external harddrive Enclosure for the old computer.

Take the old hardrive out and put in an harddrive enclosure and attach it as an external drive to the new computer.

J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
just to be clear, the drive that is in the old computer goes into the enclosure and we can run the programs from it?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
how is that going to solve the problem?  there are numerous registry entries that are created when the software is installed as well as dll files, etc. either in the windows folder or program files.  attaching the old drive as an external drive on the new machine will not make anything work.
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Ah, good point.  It won't work.  Got it.
how is that going to solve the problem?  there are numerous registry entries that are created when the software is installed as well as dll files, etc.

What do you mean by that? He wil take and use hardrive with all the information on it.(Including registry database)

All registry information remain as is.  All you need to do it is in new computer make the System disk(OS) a different drive that the one you moved.
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