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How to transfer programs from one computer to another

Windows 10

Need to transfer programs from one computer to another? In this article, we’ll see exactly how to do that.

While there are many ways to copy files, copying installed programs from an old computer to a new computer is a different story entirely. You can’t just drag programs to a USB drive and copy them like files; that wouldn’t work. Even manually installing programs one by one is often not an option: what if you don’t have the installers any more? How are you going to reconfigure the various settings and configurations? What about accounts, passwords, personalization?

Fortunately, there is a proven, automatic, and simply to use way to transfer all programs from one computer to another – and you don’t have to be a computer guru to do it.

This approach works even if the two computers are very different, such as Windows 10 to Windows 11, Dell to HP, desktop to laptop and so on.

This works for transferring all kinds of programs and apps from one computer to another, with one exception: security software (antiviruses, firewalls), and external devices (printers, scanners) always have to be installed manually, since they use special components that only apply to a specific system. All other apps can be transferred automatically, such as for example Microsoft Office, Outlook (along with emails and accounts), Quickbooks, TurboTax, Firefox, Chrome (with passwords and favorites), Adobe Photoshop, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and other programs and applications you have on the computer.

The transfer we will be performing covers the entire computer:

  • Programs, such as transferring Microsoft Office, Outlook, Quickbooks, TurboTax, Firefox, Chrome, Adobe Photoshop, and other programs to the new computer
  • Settings, such as user profiles, emails, accounts, passwords, favorites, bookmarks, wallpaper and other personalization
  • Files, such documents, pictures, music, pictures and emails

Let’s see how it’s done.

How to transfer programs from one computer to another

  1. Run Zinstall WinWin on your old computer.
    Note: WinWin is the transfer software. You can get Zinstall WinWin here, and its user guide here.
  2. Run Zinstall WinWin on the new computer
    1. You don’t need to do any configurations for the computers to connect – it’s automatic
    2. If the computers are already connect to same internet router, same Internet connection, or same wireless connection, you don’t need anything else
    3. If the computers are not connected at all, connect them with a network / Ethernet cable
  3. If you’d like to select which programs you want to transfer, press the Advanced menu, which shows a list of programs installed on your old computer. If you just want to transfer everything, you don’t need to go to the Advanced menu.
  4. Press “Go” on the new computer to start the transfer

That’s it! You’ve just transferred programs and files from your old computer – to your new computer.

Ready to transfer programs from one computer to another?

Get Zinstall WinWin here

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