Transfer installed programs from one Windows computer to another

When you’re upgrading or switching to a new Windows PC, Windows Easy Transfer helps you transfer your files, email, pictures, and settings. Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT) is another tool which provides large organizations a way to transfer data from one PC to another. There is one tool which however lets you transfer you installed programs from one Windows PC to another Windows PC.

Transfer installed programs from one Windows computer to another

PickMeApp is a portable tool that lets to capture and transfer installed programs and its settings from one Windows-based computer to another Windows computer. You can use it while upgrading from an earlier Windows version like Windows Vista or Windows XP to Windows 7, for repairing or backing up programs.

It guides you through the transfer of selected programs without the need to locate CDs or repeat any lengthy installations. When complete, all your programs and customizations will be transferred intact to the new PC.  No changes are made to the original installations, and the transfer can be easily reversed. Since it is a portable app, so you can always carry it on your USB or external drive.

PickMeApp is in beta stage and is free to download and use. UPDATE: It is no longer free.

You will receive a  unique PickMeApp ID. You have to use it to register the tool. During installation, the tool may offer to install additional 3rd-party software. Do remember to decline the offers as they are not required.

You might want to instead check out Application Mover. This freeware allows you to relocate files, folders, applications from one path to another in Windows.

Related read: Move Games & Program folders using FolderMove.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

14 Comments

  1. End_User

    You post software you haven’t tested? Yeah good one, think i’ll give this one a miss thanks.

  2. Xaccell

    I am gonna test it right now! It sounds like a great thing for IT people!

  3. japp

    To bad it supports only a few programs

  4. Sorry! I have mentioned here several time. I don’t test every software, and where I don’t, I make a mention of it. Then it is the readers call.

  5. Awesome application tested this now and you really did a grate job in suggesting an use full software it is working fine for me i transferred PS to one of my friends PC successfully 🙂

  6. End_User

    Then why post about it? How do you know it’s not malware, doesn’t work or hoses one of your readers systems?
    Just my opinion.

  7. End_User

    P.S I appreciate your great work on this site, i just don’t see how you can endorse something you don’t know.

  8. Sparky

    Very convoluted method of getting to the beta software. Followed directions. Able to login to PickMeApp site, and only able to download htm, not the binary file. (My firewall is not blocking this.) Annoying as “heck.”

  9. David

    You cannot rely on PickmeApp to reproduce the original install location or the start menu structure if it has been manually categorised.

    It seems PickmeApp reinstalls captured programs with default install settings, ignoring the original settings. Start menu entries are created in the root of the start menu. I tried 3 programs- while they all ran, the original locations were not reproduced.

  10. Graham Hyman

    Fantastic, had to transfer a program I brought to a new computer but could not access the original installation file. Ran the process and the transfer went brilliantly, program even shows in Start Menu (Win 7 64) Just be very careful when installing PickMeApp because all of the installation defaults are for shopware and adware. Cancel and decline buttons are greyed out but actually work. Use them!

  11. Jim

    so it only does specific apps? can’t get it to transfer the majority of what I use,

  12. appleshedrose

    so does this transfer my Adobe Lightroom, my Corel video and Photo editing programs or what are you talking about??-please be very specific about, what you mean by programs.

  13. Emmiee

    is there a version of the pickmeup app that is compatible with windows 8.1

  14. megkar

    it can’t transfer Encarta sad life

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