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I currently have a HP Touchsmart 520 PC. If I buy a DELL

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I currently have a HP Touchsmart 520 PC. If I buy a DELL replacement computer.....will my programs, files, etc transfer from HP to DELL without problems?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Computer Hardware
Expert:  ChrisC replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  ChrisC replied 9 months ago.

Your FILES (photos, documents, videos, etc) will be easy to transfer. That's no problem, as they can just be copied to a storage drive or can be transferred over via a transfer cable. That's a simple process and you should have no problems.

However your PROGRAMS cannot be transferred like that. Any time you install a program on the computer, the actual installation process changes the computer by making what are called registry changes. These changes are only made during the installation process for the program, so in order to move the program to another machine the programs have to actually be installed on the machine using the original media (installer file, disc, etc). They cannot just be copied over the same way that your files can be.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know what questions you may have.

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