Occasionally when purchasing a new computer, or adding a second computer to a network, we wish to keep our software on both computers or move it completely to our new one. The method used to transfer your files and software largely depend on the size of the program you are looking to transfer.
There are several methods that can be used to complete the transfer of software from one computer to another.
In some instances, a CD-ROM may be the most practical way to transfer your files and programs from one computer to another. CD-ROMs are user-friendly and simple to use. In order to load your program onto a CD-ROM, you simply have to insert the disk into your computer's CD drive, and in most cases a window will pop up asking what you would like to do with this CD-ROM - you can select from the menu what type of file you will be adding to the CD-ROM and from there it will prompt you to add the program files for the software you are moving onto the CD-ROM. Once complete, your computer will pop open the disk drive and you will be able to then take the CD-ROM with your software on it and install it on your new computer.
For smaller sized programs, you can use a USB memory stick to transfer the software files onto your new computer. Because a USB memory stick typically doesn't contain a huge amount of memory, many larger programs and suites may not be small enough to be transferred using this method. When using a USB memory stick to transfer files from one computer to another, you will simply insert the USB stick into your computer's port, and drag and drop the software program's files from the folder on your computer to the USB's folder. Once the transfer is complete you will be able to safely remove hardware and remove the USB memory stick from your computer's port. At this point, you can insert the USB stick into your new computer and install the software.
Migration software is a program that can be downloaded and installed on your computer to assist in the transfer of large files such as software. Programs and suites such as Adobe Create Suite and Microsoft Office are best transferred using migration software. This software can be downloaded online - usually for free or for a small download fee - and should be installed on both the computer you have the software currently installed on, as well as the new computer that you wish to transfer the software onto. Once installed on both computers, the software can be run at the same time, and will detect other PCs in its network. You can then select the PC you wish to transfer the files to/from, and begin the transfer. Software will transfer over the network without the need to use additional hardware to transfer files.
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