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.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. 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.