Windows – Is it possible to migrate programs from 32 bit Windows to a new 64 bit Windows machine (both Windows 7)

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I've got a Windows 7 Pro 32 bit PC. Getting a new Windows 7 Home 64 bit.

Is there anything I can use to transfer my programs (the ones that don't come in a 64 bit flavor) to the new PC?
There is a related question that doesn't address the programs part.

Best Answer

Since programs normally tend to litter files and settings all over the place unless they're portable, it's not always easy or even possible to transfer them from one 32-bit PC to another, forget 32 to 64-bit. There are third-party programs that claim to reliably transfer apps, but I would recommend that you simply reinstall. What you can do is export and/or back up any related settings/configuration files and the like (including from the registry), if possible, and import on your new PC after the apps are reinstalled.

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