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My neighbor wants me to put his old HDD into his newer computer. But here's the cache he wants to use the data and programs that are the old computer in the new one. The data is not a problem but running the old programs I really don't know if that would work.

For example he wants to run an old accounting program, but he doesn't have the CD key or CD anymore so he wants to use it from the old HDD.

He really just wants the programs from the old computer, so that they work with his new one, so he doesn't have to buy the program again.

Am I making any sense?


His Old PC I think has a P3 700mhz with like Windows 98 or maybe Windows 2000. And his new PC im guessing is a P4 or AMD k8 with Windows XP. If that matters.

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My neighbor wants me to put his old HDD into his newer computer. But here's the cache he wants to use the data and programs that are the old computer in the new one. The data is not a problem but running the old programs I really don't know if that would work.

For example he wants to run an old accounting program, but he doesn't have the CD key or CD anymore so he wants to use it from the old HDD.

He really just wants the programs from the old computer, so that they work with his new one, so he doesn't have to buy the program again.

Am I making any sense?


His Old PC I think has a P3 700mhz with like Windows 98 or maybe Windows 2000. And his new PC im guessing is a P4 or AMD k8 with Windows XP. If that matters.

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  1. It's "catch", not "cache".
  2. You're going to have a very hard time making his old programs work in his new computer.
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Yeah, it's going to be pretty hard, and is a p4 really considered a new computer?
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The thing is going to be a pain. Windows is gonna complain like no other when you pop the new hard drive in. You might be better off just telling him you cant move programs .
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You can try, but it may not work. Some programs don't mind, but some need special dlls and whatever.
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Yeah, it's going to be pretty hard, and is a p4 really considered a new computer?
Well its his "newer" computer.

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The thing is going to be a pain. Windows is gonna complain like no other when you pop the new hard drive in. You might be better off just telling him you cant move programs .
Ya that is what I figured.

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