I have a Dell laptop that just died. It had Windows XP, SP3 on it at death. I have purchased a new computer with Win 7 pro. I have acronis true image 2010. Is there a safe way to transfer all of my programs from the xp hard drive to my new computer? Of course I can’t turn on the old computer to make the transfer but can take it out. I have a laptop hd transfer device but it only works with laptop hard drives.
No, programs cannot simply be copied as they are entered into "Registry"
so, they must be installed.
In addition to that there are many programs in Windows-XP that simply not run in Windows7.
Even many programs that will work in both will install differently in each.