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Importing a Registry

By TBirdPrime ·
This is probably a stupid question, but here goes:

A Client of mine wants to move all of his application software from a Windows 98 SE to Windows XP SP1 environment. Of course, he doesn't have the application installation disks.

How feasible is it to import the 98SE Registry to the XP environment? What gotchas should I be looking for?

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by D_V Ant In reply to Importing a Registry

While the basic layout of the Registry is the same between 98SE and XP, the operating systems themselves are completely different. I do not believ you would be able to export the registry entries for the software from 98SE and have it work in XP. XP treats programs differently than 98 did.

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by highlander718 In reply to Importing a Registry

It really depends on the application, provided it does not need dll's installed in the Windows folder. As a matter of fact I do have an application (residing on the sever !!) here that I was able to run no problem after exporting the registries from a 98 desktop to an Xp one.
I guess it's about trying it out :-)

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by nccorthu In reply to Importing a Registry

The operating systems are too different to do any good trying to transfer the applications unless their the old dos one's. Most Dll's will be different files etc. and one will not work and they will most likely be directed to files not in the place the program expects them.
Since he doesn't have the programs its probably rip ware. So either rip again or start fresh. Charge him by the Hour and no gurantees. Tell him often the size of the bill and if you should quit. Get paid each day.

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