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Most programs need to go through an installation process to run properly on your machine. That's why it's important to keep any kind of installation media.

I own an HP Pavilion and another old Dell OptiPlex. On the older machine is installed Dragon Naturally Speaking version 10. Is there any way for me to remove this program from the older computer and reinstall on it on my new computer? Thank you so much for your time.

In this excerpt from Answercast #29, I look at the issue of moving software from one computer to another: it requires some sort of installation media and often needs current activation codes.

Can you move software?

It depends. If you have the original download or media from Dragon Naturally Speaking version 10, then absolutely, you can uninstall the program from the old computer and install it on the new computer without any trouble.

You'll probably need to re-enter the activation key or product code that you received when you purchased the program; but other than that, everything should work just fine.

Moving software

Now, what people are usually looking for when they ask this type of question is a way to transfer it without having that installation media.

The technical answer is no.

Software was not designed to be able to do that. In fact, the "uninstall, then reinstall from the original media" method is by far the preferred approach.

PC Mover

That being said, I would have you take a look at a product from Laplink called PC Mover. It's actually intended to move entire sets of applications from one PC to another.

  • How well it works, I honestly don't know.

I know that it is not a free program, but it's the one solution that I'm aware of. It's been around for a long time and has a relatively good reputation.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Mark J
June 26, 2012 12:18 PM

There is another issue here. I don't believe Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.0 is compatible with Windows 7. Windows 7 requires Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5.

Michael Horowitz
June 26, 2012 7:37 PM

There is a type of Windows software designed specifically for this, the term used to describe it is "portable". I *much* prefer portable software and use portable versions of my email client and web browsers as a rule. In addition, portable software can be backed up, something that legacy/classic Windows software can not.

One source of portable Windows software is

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