Moving Application settings/preferences from one PC to another

  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Moving Application settings/preferences from one PC to another

    Greetings Helpful Board,

    Y'all are awesome. Helped me in so many turns and twists along my 2.3 year journey from Mac to PC. I'd be dead in the water without you. I just Googled the following question but got nowhere.

    My wife has two programs on a PC. A CAD program and Adobe Acrobat Reader. We just spent $200 on an expert guy to get those apps to work with each other in such a way to please a 19 year old HP printer. (Don't ask.) Anyway --

    -- I now need to recreate the same situation on a different PC. Does Windows 10 store a preferences folder for each application? So that I could 1.) copy off of former PC and 2.) install onto the new PC?

    Did that make sense in Windows 10 language? Or is there a Windows way to do this?


    I just found the CAD program on the C drive. It kinda has it's own folder & a folder in the programs x86. So my gut tells me to copy these to a thumb drive, bring over to the new PC (which is using almost idientical set up, by the by), save a copy of the folders on that one, and try putting these in their original places.

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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2

    Microsoft used to have a program called Easy Transfer in previous versions of Windows, which has been discontinued in 10.You cannot move a whole program from one computer to another, you have to reinstall it, but you can use 3rd party apps like EaseUS Todo PCTrans to move the preferences of the program over, and any other personal files (ie) Documents, Music, Pictures etc
    Adobe Reader (not Acrobat) is a Free program you can download from Adobe. So, no need to transfer that.
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    Hi, the difficulty you face here is where the settings are stored. These could be in files, but are more likely to be in the registry.

    Therefore trying to manually copy things is very unlikely to help at all.

    The 3rd party programs @spunk mentions can be very helpful.
    Free PC transfer/migration software - EaseUSĀ® Todo PCTrans Free
    - 2 programs for free.

    However we don't know what else might have been configured, and there is no guarantee that using these programs will achieve the same thing as you have configured.

    If you were willing to reinstall Windows on the other PC (with these programs configured) there may be a way to do that.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    Thanks! Just for clarity -- I'm not trying to transfer the applications -- only their settings.

    If that EaseUs app will allow me to simply choose the two apps in question -- that would rule.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5

    Yes it can. And an easier way to do that is to use a disk image as your source. But it will transfer the programs.
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  6.    2 Weeks Ago #6


    So installed and didn't get the impression it's moving the preferences. Only the apps. Which won't solve my problem. Plus it can't even see the CAD program -- which is critical.
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    It moves the programs, their files and folders and all registry entries for that program. You are free to read the help documentation for the program. The idea is that the program will run as it was when installed.

    As I said, no guarantee moving both thus will replicate whatever was done by your tech person.
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  8.    2 Weeks Ago #8

    Thanks for your help, DalChina. It didn't seem to support the CAD program I was trying to move. A drag.
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

    Odd. I've used these programs to move 400+ different programs with 95%+ success.

    If that doesn't work for you you could try Laplink I suppose.
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