Right, if you have all finished stressing about Scotland.... back to my
As has been pointed out, Towers with Windows 7/32bit are readily
available on the refurbished market.
What problems am I likely to run into attempting to transfer software
for which I do not have installation discs. Clonezilla was suggested.
Also, will such m/cs have licensed software such that MS will continue
Kindly bear in mind my lack of geekyness:-)
Are you trying to transfer the license from a machine that you have now
or from one that you are buying?
A full retail license that you buy by itself on DVDs is normally
transferable to a different computer. You might have to do a tedious
A license that is sold with a new computer is normally not transferable.
You might be able be able to argue that re-registration is necessary
because some part has failed.
A Windows 8 license is a bit more flexible.
In many cases you will need the Win7 version of the software, which may
be a later version than you have installed. Any original activation
codes may or may not work with later versions. I have some software that
has worked as I've downloaded later versions all the way from Windows 95
until now (eg Total Recorder). Others have been a disaster (eg Borland
C++ Builder) and I've only kept them because I've cloned the old machine
as a virtual machine on the later hardware.
The whole thing is a potential pain, I'm afraid.
In most cases, you cannot transfer individual software without also moving
the operating system. If you move the operating system, then all the drivers
will be wrong for the new box and probably it won't even boot correctly.
The reason is that most programs fiddle with the registry to store their
default folders and other data.
Really you need to have the original installers.
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"Tim Lamb" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Umm.. Turnpike although there is a fair bit of *knowledge* on how to do
this from previous moves.
I guess the obvious is a working browser so I can fetch the rest.
Nero came with the current m/c. I have a Norton account with 2 more free
installs so that should be OK. Spybot etc.
why not be adventurous, and install linux mint, and then see if turnpike
will run under WINE?
You wont need anti-virus then.
And you can stick the old drive in there as well and copy any data off
it you want..
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You shouldn't need or want to be transferring a Windows licence in what
you're thinking of doing (presumaly you don't want XP on the new
machine?) you should buy one that has a Win7 licence included, the OEM
licences do transfer with the machine.
If you buy from one of the eBay "business" sellers who is offering
multiple identical machines with windows included, they're not likely to
stiff you on the licence, e.g.
That's about a 5 year old model, but very few people *need* the latest
and greatest nowadays.
Buying a one-off from a home user flogging a single PC, who knows how
many relatives computers have the same licence already installed on
them, and whether MS would re-activate it for you if you have problems?
There is an official MS refurbishers scheme, if you want the
re-assurance of a brand new windows licence.
Turnpike 6 (which Tim is using) doesn't run under WINE
But transferring that will be easy enough, if Tim doesn't have it,
though the installation file isn't available anymore from Demon I don't
think, there are still copies around
The clue on those ones is that it is a "Pentium D" which pre-dates the
Core and Core Duo processors, and the current Core2 processors, likely
to be a bit more power hungry if leaving it on 24x7.
Some of these "refurbs" are machines from a large corporate that have
been used, abused and replaced, then someone's bought up the job lot and
made 50 usable ones from 100 half-dead ones.
Some might be brand new old stock that's been sat in a warehouse or a
cupboard as spares for 5 years.
If Tim wants a better machine I am sure I have some cast off Core2Duo
E7xxx class machines going spare* for the cost of delivery. (you will
need to add your own OS) and possibly HD (although I can lob one of
those in if you want)
* I chucked ten slightly lower spec machines in a skip the other day...
(ten mins later a "scrap metal dealer" was knocking on the door asking
if he could have them!
Aria is a Manchester-based supplier that gives a 12-month warranty on
HP DC7700 Core 2 Duo Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SFF PC, £71.99.
HD Intel Graphics, 2.13GHz E6400 Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB DDR2, 80GB HDD,
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional & 1 Year Warranty.
I used to use Aria refurbs to supply my small business customers who
needed very basic office PCs and couldn't/wouldn't afford new stuff.
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