[QUOTE=Sossity;2176483]I have acquired quite a bit of various softwares, some on CDs & DVDs & others were downloaded online, straight to the C drive program files. Adobe photoshop elements 6.0, Microsoft Expression media, Imageburn, downloader pro, etc, that I have installed on a dell PC with windows XP home, service pack 2. I would like to be able to back up my software, & be able to install it on another machine if I need to, also I would like to be able to back up updates of my softwares with along with my backups as well.
The software is mostly PC platform, would I be able to install it on a Mac that can run windows, if I had to? or am I pretty much committed to the PC platform? if I went to a Mac would I have to get all Mac versions of my software?
what is the best way to go about all this?
Making a story short no you can’t use software for PC on Mac unless it comes as a package to install on both PC/Mac version and it has to says so from the web site. Even on PC if you copy the software and try to transfer it to another PC it won’t work properly and you asking for more BSOD and problems. If you going to run PC on Mac you need a VM or emulator program to run PC program properly. What I would ask is why you haven’t backed those program onto a separate media or memory stick so that you could reinstall them on a later date? So reason being if you did a reinstall or recover on your PC you can install those program again. Also if when you do reinstall be sure to backup all your saved data you created from each of those programs since their installations. That way you can just copy and paste them back into the correct folders without loosing them. Going to Mac you most likely would have to get the Mac version of those programs is they do and when you do your PC create file format might not be recognized by the Mac version without doing some kinda or import option. Best advice is when you download those exe or install program backup those programs to separate storage medium so you can have them incase you need to reinstall them on the current or new PC computer. But PC and Mac store files differently in different format so you can’t just move one from the other without doing some kinda import option. AFAIK.