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Kudos0

WinVista Laptop failing...how to move apps, etc., to new machine?

I have used Norton Ghost for years for back up purposes on a number of machines.  However, I am soon to be faced with a new challenge.  I have an Acer Aspire 4520 laptop running WinVista and it is overheating and the hard drive has started to make scary sounds, so I know that its days are numbered.  I have a complete back up of the machine via Ghost, but I have no idea as to how to get all of this running on a new machine.

Specifically, I have certain applications (e.g., MS FrontPage 2003) that I absolutely need to keep running and long ago lost the install disk and license key (it is a legitimate copy that I have, by the way) and I am pretty sure that this app and others will not run on Win7 or Win8, even if I did have the install disk/license key.

I have seen some posts about setting up a virtual machine on a Win7 machine to run an older OS like Vista?  Is that an option or is there something else that will work.

I can buy a brand new laptop and would be willing to wipe it clean and install the Ghost image with Win Vista and the apps, but I doubt that this would work?

Help!

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Kudos0

Re: WinVista Laptop failing...how to move apps, etc., to new machine?

I have used Norton Ghost for years for back up purposes on a number of machines.  However, I am soon to be faced with a new challenge.  I have an Acer Aspire 4520 laptop running WinVista and it is overheating and the hard drive has started to make scary sounds, so I know that its days are numbered.  I have a complete back up of the machine via Ghost, but I have no idea as to how to get all of this running on a new machine.

Specifically, I have certain applications (e.g., MS FrontPage 2003) that I absolutely need to keep running and long ago lost the install disk and license key (it is a legitimate copy that I have, by the way) and I am pretty sure that this app and others will not run on Win7 or Win8, even if I did have the install disk/license key.

I have seen some posts about setting up a virtual machine on a Win7 machine to run an older OS like Vista?  Is that an option or is there something else that will work.

I can buy a brand new laptop and would be willing to wipe it clean and install the Ghost image with Win Vista and the apps, but I doubt that this would work?

Help!

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Re: WinVista Laptop failing...how to move apps, etc., to new machine?

It's possible to do what you want but it may not be easy.

The biggest problem you face for either option is re-activating Vista.  If the Vista system came preinstalled, that makes it an OEM version and it is only licensed for the old laptop, it is not a retail version that allows re-activation on another system.

If you restored the image onto a new system or into a virtual PC, you would need to be able to get windows to boot on the new hardware and then once it boots you will have a 3-day grace period for re-activation.

At that point you would need a OEM vista key or you would need to do a repair/upgrade with a retail Vista disc and key.

Microsoft allows "downgrade" rights if you buy a new system pre-installed with windows and it allows you to go back 2 versions of windows but for Vista they will only allow activation of Vista business edition, not the more common home, home premium, pro, or ultimate versions that I'm sure you have.

Dave

edit- In other words, your going to need either a unused OEM key for the same version of Vista you have installed.

Or a unused retail version of Vista of the "same or greater" version you have installed.

Kudos0

Re: WinVista Laptop failing...how to move apps, etc., to new machine?

Thanks for the information.  It turns out that I may be able to install FP 2003 on Win7, which I would not have looked into had you not shut the door on my doing something with the existing version.  While it is not the news I would like, I really appreciate your fast and detailed answer.

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