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NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

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Hi there! :)

I am guessing what you meant was how to migrate programs and the installed and saved data. It also sounds like this is between two separate computers. To do this as easily as possible, I would recommend Todo PCTrans. I am not sure if the free version works as well or has all the features you might need like the Pro version but you can give it a go!

You might like to refer to the following tutorial and installation guide. You will need the software on both computers.
Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiJKFY2IBlI
Reference: https://www.easeus.com/download/pctrans-free-download.html
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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The other things you need to consider are

Is it even compatible

Is it a 32bit or 64 bit app?

Do you have installation media?

What application is it?
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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The best way is to reinstall it. I'll mention that since you didn't say if this was an option or not.

Author

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Sorry, I should have mentioned that the installation disks are long gone.  
There is a new version of the software, but it costs as much as the new computer itself.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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Well you can try transfer software like mentioned above, but no guarantees it will work of course.

The other option would be to convert the whole machine to a VM and run it on the new box using something like VM Player or VirtualBox.

Author

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Oh, VM. I didn't think if that.
I would still have to do an install, wouldn't I?

Author

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I'm checking out your suggestions.
I have to get the Win7 and the XP networked together.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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You would have to run a converter on the XP box to turn it in to a VM. Then install a VM player like VirtualBox on the Windows 7 system and play it there.
Top Expert 2013

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here a couple of other softwares that claim to do it :
http://www.funduc.com/app_mover.htm                  Application mover      
      http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmover.html            PC mover
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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Yeah, you could virtualbox it. That's not a bad shout to be fair. Plus virtualbox is FREE!

Regards
Alex
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

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I think it will depend on which option we suggested will work.. There is not really any guarantee until you try it. Every software and saved type varies.

Author

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So, after trying a few suggestions, I got EaseUS Todo PCTrans.  I used the household WiFi network to do the transfer.
It went slowly, but completed in about a half-hour.  Everything seemed to go across. But, when I tried to start the new program, it balked and said "borlndmm.dll" was missing.  Okay, so I moved the Borland Memory Manager across to the Win7 machine and tried to register it.  regsvr32 said it couldn't register it because of either a problem with the DLL or some dependencies.   I suspect that means the program is a 32-bit one. I don't even know if it could work in some kind of compatibility mode.

The Virtual Machine idea was interesting, but my program is a business database application and I do need to have the data updated and stored on a daily basis.  I think VMs can't write to the HDD, so I'd keep losing my new data.  
New Question:  Is there a way to have the VM write to some kind of file that can retain the new data?  It could stay within the VM, as long as I could print out reports.

Yesterday I found out that a friend who has the same program as me, *and* has the updated version for Win7.  I found the updating executable and copied it to disk.  I tried that approach and it got me as far as a Demo for a  dozen uses before having to buy.  I considered trying to learn how to keep resetting the counter, but that felt like too much work.  :^)

My next try will be to clone the HDD of my friends Win7 machine and try to transfer that installation across to my Win7 machine.  That could work, I hope.

 Thank you to all who gave me suggestions along the way.  I'm still in the woods on this.
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

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Hi :) Okay so for the missing borlndmm.dll, try finding it and copying and pasting it manually. You should be able to find the same file under the program folder of program x86. After that, you just need to copy and paste it manually in the same folder of the other computer. It may not work but it's worth a try.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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A VM works just like a regular machine. It shares the network card for network access. Perhaps if you want to pursue this separately, open it as a new question so this one stays on topic.

Author

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I have no update on this yet, as I have to hook my target machine up to my friend's machine. possibly this weekend.  I'll post the results here.
Top Expert 2013

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maybe we can help you better if you tell us the name of the software you want to move?
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I'm going to close this thread, as I'm still waiting for access to my friend's computer .  thanks to Noah for the EaseUS software suggestion. I used it and it transferred everything except my license info. it's abandonware as far as the software developers are concerned.
Thanks to Brian B for his comments and the idea of the VM.