If we have two or more computers at home, the most boring job you have to do on new PCs is to have to reinstall all the programs we use on a daily basis.
The backup is essential to save the most important data, mainly photos and documents, while the creation of an image of the operating system is very useful in case you are reinstalling or restoring the same computer that you created the backup image.
The goal I want to get to is to be able to transfer the programs installed from one computer to another, with the same settings and configurations used, including user licenses.
In computer terms what we will show you in this guide is one software migration of programs installed from one PC to another, using millet free programs designed for the purpose.
1) EaseUS Todo PCTrans
One of the best programs to move programs between two PCs is EaseUS Todo PCTrans, available for free here -> EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
This valid program allows to transfer every folder of a program (including hidden ones and changes to the registry) using different methods: transfer via LAN network, transfer via image file and transfer via hard disk connected to the same PC.
If we use the transfer via LAN just install the same program on the recipient PC and set it as such, so as to immediately receive the programs indicated by the program running from the PC; obviously the two PCs must be on the same LAN network, and be visible as network resources (they must be able to see each other so that they can correctly establish the connection).
Via LAN transfer performance can be very slow; to speed up the transfer process we can also use the transfer via image file (an image file will be created to bring to the new PC, so you can restore the programs in it) or the local transfer, where the programs will be moved between two different hard drives.
These last two methods are extremely faster and allow to conclude the transfer first, avoiding also the occurrence of network errors.
This program is also best for transferring programs from old versions of Windows to Windows 10, trying to maintain maximum compatibility so that the software starts correctly.
The free version of the program allows you to transfer only two applications at a time, while the paid version removes this limitation and also allows you to transfer entire accounts or Windows users between different PCs, keeping all the original settings and folders.
If intending to often transfer the app between new PCs, better bet immediately on the paid version, leaving the free version only if we want to move essential or vital programs for our PC.
2) Mirinsoft CloneApp
A completely free application that we can use to transfer programs from one PC to another is CloneApp, downloadable from here -> Mirinsoft CloneApp.
This application allows you to select any program on the PC (just put the check mark next to the program that you want to clone) and save configurations, files and keys possibly created in a single package, which we can later move on the new PC and restore through CloneApp (which will then be installed on the target PC).
If you have many programs to move, just select the ones you want to clone and, once all the necessary packages are obtained, move everything via USB flash drive or external hard disk (recommended, since some programs can be very large).
The transfer and the cloning of the programs is completely free, we will not have to pay licenses or anything else to bring us our favorite software.
Currently CloneApp supports over 250 programs, including all the most famous ones (browsers, photo editing programs, management programs etc.).
3) Application Mover
Another very simple program to use to move the folder of a software from one location to another is Application Mover, available for free download from here -> Application Mover.
In this simple program we will only have to insert the path of the application to be moved in the Current Path field and insert, in the New Path field, the path where to move it, preferably on a new hard disk (which will be used later on the new PC).
Although apparently very simple, this program remains one of the best to transfer a program from one PC to another completely free, thanks to the ability to also update the registry changes and paths of shortcuts on the desktop, so as to make it work the program in an excellent way on the new record.