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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.
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.
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.
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
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