Updating to vista moving programs
In this, we are disappointed, because although Microsoft will allow a license upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, no software upgrade exists—you must perform a clean installation of Windows 7 and migrate your data into the new OS installation.
In fact, if you try to perform an in-place upgrade, you'll see the error message shown in Figure 3.1. However, while we were writing this book we ran across a solution that allows you to do in-place upgrades from Windows XP systems to Windows 7.
Surely given that the registry is the tricky bit, some of the myriad of programs that perniciously queue up to "repair your registry" could be modified for this task?
Elna Tymes and Charles Prael provide instructions for doing what Microsoft chose not to support: doing a software upgrade from Windows 7 from Windows XP without performing a clean installation of Windows 7.
Zinstall XP7 is one of a family of products designed to make it easy to migrate your existing Windows XP installation into Windows 7 where it will essentially run as a virtual computer.
If you plan to migrate a few Windows XP systems into Windows 7, you'll want to use Zinstall XP7.
In the same way that Windows runs software only designed for Windows, applications must be made for Linux in order to run on Ubuntu.
Most Linux software is available for free over the Internet.
There is some software (Real Player, Libre Office, Open Office) which did not seem to offer optional install paths. I have a feeling that I could probably - (after backing up the registry) -1)Move the application folder from C:\Program Files (x86)\XYZ to D:\Vista Programs\XYZ.2)Use Regedit to save all relevant Keys to files.
(Or manually change them - "TOO RISKY" - they say)3)Manually hexedit all relevant path statements to the new path in the files.4)Double click all the reg files to update the windows registry.5)Search C:\ for any files containing text "C:\Program Files (x86)\XYZ" and (individually, I'm afraid) change this to D:\Vista Programs\XYZ.
That might just work, but my problem is that the suggestion above seems more like a career choice than a quick fix, is there software that can do this?
With Zinstall XP7, you can move your Windows XP installation, intact, from an older computer to a newer computer already running Windows 7 as well as revive your Windows XP installation after performing a Windows XP to Windows 7 Custom installation procedure on your existing computer.
Zinstall calls this latter method an and it employs a truly unique process, which I'll describe in detail.