Moving Programs



Colcap
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
I have a new external hard drive. Installation was OK. I would like to move
some programs (applications, not just data files) from my main drive to the
new one. Can I just drag the folders or must they be reinstalled on the new
drive?

If I have to uninstall and reinstall how will this affect my data and
settings?

DL
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
You HAVE to uninstall/Reinstall you cannot drag - when an app.is installed
it places files in numerous places and adds to the registry, many of these
items refer to its installation path.
It wont/shouldnt impact on data, but various apps may have to be
reconfigered to point to their data store

"Colcap" <Colcap@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:30FEF446-67CC-4A91-9F57-FC2F44BE08CF@microsoft.com...
> I have a new external hard drive. Installation was OK. I would like to
move
> some programs (applications, not just data files) from my main drive to
the
> new one. Can I just drag the folders or must they be reinstalled on the
new
> drive?
>
> If I have to uninstall and reinstall how will this affect my data and
> settings?

t.cruise
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
Also: The manner of restoring/importing data files varies from program to program.
Programs like Quicken have it right on the File menu, other programs don't care where you
put the data files, and let you use File/Open to browse for where you've placed the data
files. Some want the data files in a specific folder or subfolder.
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"DL" <dl@spoofmail> wrote in message news:OG0mRWFaFHA.3048@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> You HAVE to uninstall/Reinstall you cannot drag - when an app.is installed
> it places files in numerous places and adds to the registry, many of these
> items refer to its installation path.
> It wont/shouldnt impact on data, but various apps may have to be
> reconfigered to point to their data store
>
> "Colcap" <Colcap@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:30FEF446-67CC-4A91-9F57-FC2F44BE08CF@microsoft.com...
> > I have a new external hard drive. Installation was OK. I would like to
> move
> > some programs (applications, not just data files) from my main drive to
> the
> > new one. Can I just drag the folders or must they be reinstalled on the
> new
> > drive?
> >
> > If I have to uninstall and reinstall how will this affect my data and
> > settings?
>
>

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
Colcap wrote:

> I have a new external hard drive. Installation was OK. I would like to move
> some programs (applications, not just data files) from my main drive to the
> new one. Can I just drag the folders or must they be reinstalled on the new
> drive?
>
> If I have to uninstall and reinstall how will this affect my data and
> settings?

You should be moving data files and backup files to the external drive,
not programs.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
In news:30FEF446-67CC-4A91-9F57-FC2F44BE08CF@microsoft.com,
Colcap <Colcap@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> I have a new external hard drive. Installation was OK. I
> would like
> to move some programs (applications, not just data files) from
> my
> main drive to the new one. Can I just drag the folders or must
> they
> be reinstalled on the new drive?

In general, no, you can not move programs. The problem is that
almost all programs are not simply a single file or even a bunch
of files. Besides the files that constitute them, they also have,
and need, many entries referring to them and where they are
located--in the registry and elsewhere.

So if you try to move a program, those pointers will all be wrong
and the program won't work. There is software that purports to
find and change those pointers (for example, the freeware
COA2.exe) but in my experience these don't always work perfectly.
It's much better and safer to uninstall from its existing
location, and reinstall in the new one.



> If I have to uninstall and reinstall how will this affect my
> data and
> settings?


For most programs, the data will remain intact. But there may be
some programs which store their data within the programs' folder
somewhere. If that's the case, you'll have to find it and move it
yourself after reinstalling.

In general, you'll lose all your program settings. However,
depending on the program, you may be able to find its settings
file and move that over after reinstalling. You should ask for
the file name and how to do this for each program specifically,
preferably in a newsgroup specific to that program.

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Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Moving Programs