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I'm about to move to a new(er) computer -- does SoftRescue work?

I am about to move from a machine running XP-PRO (SP-2) to a newer computer, on which I will install the same OS. have been avoiding the move because I dread the prospect of reinstalling all my programs.

Will SoftRescue actually transfer my programs in tact with their registration numbers and ready to run? What should I worry about?

And if SoftRescue is not all that it claims to be, is there any way to avoid total reinstallation?

With something approaching eternal gratitude.


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  • schochet Dec 26, 2008

    Both solutions are helpful, but I take it that the following from the SoftRescue website is misleading (or, at best, over-simplified) --

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    There's no need to look for original CDs, DVDs, installation
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    Supports transfer of 80-90% of todays programs




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Making an exact copy of the old drive will only work if the new computer is an exact copy of the old one, if not then XP will 'loose the plot' when faced with the new hardware that suddenly appears and at the very least will restart the 30day to register cycle. More likely it will be completely erratic or fail to start at all! Sometimes reinstalling xp over itself works as it then identifies the new hardware. But it is not simple or trouble free. Only program I've heard works mostly is pc-mover.
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I don't know about SoftRescue as it is not a common brand. However, I do know what works and why. A utility called Norton Ghost will make an exact copy of your hard drive and you will not have to re-install your applications. The reason it works is it does not make a "copy" in the terms as know it. Instead it makes an "ISO Image" which is an exact duplicate of your hard drive. All you will have to do is put the DVD into your new computer, click install and all of your files will transfer just like when you left it. If SoftRescue also makes an ISO Image then it should work the same way. Give it a few minutes of research and it may save you hours of frustration later. Hope this helps.

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Only your files will be able to be copied. Installing the software again is required, because it will need to look for the program file's locations on the current Hard drive. If the address is not the same, it will not be found. To go into in depth will cause utter confusion, but the short answer is, you will need to re-install your programs. Data files are ok to copy because you can point the program to the files that need to be opened.

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