Found 19th Jan 2012
Can someone please point me in the right direction?
I've tried various searches but cant find an answer.

Is it possible to back up program files on a win XP hard drive then restore them to a new PC with Win Xp installed. The main point here is to have the program files executable on the new drive. Were having a tech refresh at work and IT have blocked downloading new programmes since I installed what's on my drive.

Thanks in advance

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You should back up the "Program Files" and any corresponding files for the applications in "Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings" and "Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings/Application Data". That should do it, been a while since I used XP though

Oh, you should change folder view options to see hidden/protected files before looking for the AppData.
Edited by: "PhearFactor" 19th Jan 2012

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Is it possible to back up program files on a win XP hard drive then restore them to a new PC with Win Xp installed

In a word, NO!

You need the installers to properly install programs. Doing what phearfactor said wont work as the registry entries will be missing. Copy the program data after installing on the new machine.

csiman

Doing what phearfactor said wont work as the registry entries will be … Doing what phearfactor said wont work as the registry entries will be missing.



*shrugs* - guess it depends on the apps he uses, my benchmarks work fine like this X)

Could he not export the information the programs need from the registry and import on the new install?
pcsupport.about.com/od/…htm

Edited by: "PhearFactor" 19th Jan 2012

That would only back up the program settings not the program. When you install something it usually installs to Program Files and changes the registry. It's not really possible to transfer without doing an install.

I'm guessing these are programs you're not supposed to have otherwise ask IT to install them.

It shouldn't be impossible to do it, nothing is impossible

Original Poster

e.g. Firefox. IT cant control Firefox, I can get on HotUK with Firefox. Its blocked on the standard issue IE5.

Original Poster

Thanks.

I think I'm gonna look at cloning. Not sure if this can be detected on the network but my PC can be seen now, so logically, if the new drive is imaged it might work. Could drop myself in it though.

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If only you used a Mac...

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Can you not download all the installers you need and put them on a flashdrive and install them on the refreshed PC's?

Also you can get portable Firefox that runs from a flashdrive
portableapps.com/app…ble

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You've all been a great help.

Thanks, Its appreciated.

Boxer.

csiman

Is it possible to back up program files on a win XP hard drive then … Is it possible to back up program files on a win XP hard drive then restore them to a new PC with Win Xp installedIn a word, NO!You need the installers to properly install programs. Doing what phearfactor said wont work as the registry entries will be missing. Copy the program data after installing on the new machine.



It is possible since the entire registry can be copied (albeit not easily due to Kernel32.dll protecting this from happening). However, Windows Backup can perform the task of copying the registry and many system files. Installed programs also make use of files that are copied into the Windows directories too (files such as MFC DLLs and .NET DLLs). These can be copied easily with or without Windows backup tool.

However, cloning is by far an easier option so it is prudent for the OP to take this route.

Edited by: "ElliottC" 19th Jan 2012
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