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Transferring programs and files from a old pc to a new pc?

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I have a new computer. I would like to transfer all of my old programs and files from my old computer to my new Pavillion 590. I can only use 1 pc at a time since I have only 1 monitor. Can I connect my old hard drive to my new pc and create a separate drive on the new pc? Would it be easier to buy an external hard drive to do the data transfer? What is the easiest way to transfer the programs and files this without turning on my old computer? Note I do not have the old software discs, or program product registration keys to re-load software. Thank you.

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@Kalihi

 

You can transfer all user files/data to your new computer but for many applications you have to re-install them even you ONLY use one computer at any time.

 

If you wish, there are few software which allow you to do that

 

   https://www.easeus.com/free-pc-transfer-software/transfer-programs-to-new-computer.html

   https://www.zinstall.com/how-to/how-to-transfer-programs-and-files-to-new-computer

 

Again, you can transfer (means move).

 

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Thank you for your reply. Both of the software option require that I run the old pc and the new pc to do the transfer.

Could I use my back- up disk and upload my old programs to the new pc? i only have one monitor, so I can only see 1 pc at at a time.  Thank you.

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@Kalihi wrote:

Both of the software option require that I run the old pc and the new pc to do the transfer.

Could I use my back- up disk and upload my old programs to the new pc? i only have one monitor, so I can only see 1 pc at at a time.  Thank you.


A little "clumsy", but if you have two keyboards & two mice and two power-cords, you can disconnect the monitor cable from one computer, while it is running, and connect it to the other computer, while it is running. Disconnecting the monitor does not affect the running computer.  Been there, done that.

 

Note that there exists free programs like 'PRODUKEY' which can "dig" into your old computer, and extract the product-keys for some software programs.  Then, you should be able to download the software programs onto the new computer, and use the "harvested" product-key(s).

 

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