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I have a new hard disk and i want it to have all the programs and softwares that i had installed on my other (older)hard disk. How do i copy the registries of my older hard disk to the new one so that i do not have to re-install everything again? plis help...

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by Ann777 In reply to Copying files

Your best option is to reinstall all of the files... but barring this... If you have access to both computers (ie., the hdd has not crashed and all the files are available), you can copy the folders over and run the program. When you encounter missing files (from missing .DLL files), then look on the old hdd and copy it to floppy, then copy them to the same directory on the new hdd. The registry will correct itself as it suddenly finds these .DLLs in place.

The above only works if you are using the exact same version of OS. If your OS differs, then the program DLLs and .VXDs (etc.) will need to to updated as well. Also, you have to have a lot of patience to go this route. Best option, is to reinstall (it's also cleaner in the sense if you do not thouroughly test each program, then you may miss a required file).

Copying the registry may corrupt your current registry (if the hardware differs). The registry files differ from OS version too. Post another option with your Windows version, and I'll post backup/recovery procedures for your version of the Windows registry.

Or you can browse to: http://service2.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/199762382617
where they have posted instructions for various versions of Windows.

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by TheChas In reply to Copying files

If you are looking to copy the entire contents of the old hard drive onto the new hard drive, check the utilities disk that came with the drive (retail pack) or download the utilities from the drive mfg (OEM).

Use manual mode on the program, and copy the old drive onto the new drive.

If what you have is a new drive with a new operating system, it is just to difficult to manually copy everything you need to move a program installation.
Also, many applications need to install different files for different versions of Windows.

There are utilities for copying the files and settings.
One such is built into OnTrack SystemSuite 4.
I have not tried it, but they claim it fully transferes applications.

If you have a new PC with XP, you can network the old and new PC, and use the file and settings transfer wizzard to get some of the files transferred.

Chas

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by jimmy In reply to Copying files

There is an easy option.
Install the second (New)hard disk as a slave on the PC. Download and installl one of the following Software both of which can be downloaded on trial.
Http://www.altiris.com
Re-image the old hard-disk with Norton ghost or Altiris deployment software.
Then simply remove the old disk(if required)and this will have given you a prefectly cloned image of your old machine programs, registry and all. If you need to up grade to XP or whatever your Programs will still be there as this could be doe through the current operating system.

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