How to Transfer Software From One PC to Another

By Jackson Lewis

If you have ever purchased software for your PC, you know that the software may be useful to have on more than one PC in your home at the same time. This is a convenience that you may have to pay an extra fee when purchasing your software. If you decide to upgrade computers, however, and desire to transfer existing software from the older computer to your new purchase, you can do so using portable storage media, such as a portable hard drive or USB storage stick.

Step 1

Connect one end of the cable to the external hard drive and the other end to your computer or insert your USB storage media into the computer that has the software program you desire to transfer.

Step 2

Access the your computer’s hard drive and locate the files of the software that you want to transfer. This is done by opening the “Start” menu, clicking the “Computer” button, then double-clicking the icon marked “Local Drive C.” Within the hard drive, open the “Program Files” file. You will now see a list of files and folders. Your software file or folder will be normally be listed under the "Program Files" menu.

Step 3

Right-click on the software file or folder, then select the “Send To” option. On the “Send To” menu, you should see the external hard drive listed with its assigned drive letter, click this hard drive. Your software files are now located on the portable storage media.

Step 4

Disconnect the external hard drive or portable from the current PC and re-connect it to the new PC.

Step 5

Access the portable storage media device from your new PC and find the software files or folders that were obtained from the other computer.

Step 6

Send the software files from the external hard drive to the hard drive on the new computer using the previously described method. You have now transferred software from one PC to another.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some software companies, such as Adobe and Symantec, will require you to download and install your software application from their website on your new computer.