19296: Acronis products cannot be used to transfer applications to different system or upgrade OS

Acronis products are designed for the following scenarios:

Acronis products are designed as a backup and recovery solution, and they do not have the special functionality to transfer or recover installed programs to a different system. 

(!) Acronis products are not designed for the following scenarios:

  • Sample scenario 1: You have an old computer with Windows XP and a new computer with Windows 7. You want to transfer installed programs from Windows XP machine to Windows 7 machine. - Acronis software does not support this.
  • Sample scenario 2: You have Windows 7 32-bit installed and you want to install Windows 7 64-bit instead, and you want to transfer all programs to new Windows 64-bit system without the need to reinstall them. - Acronis software does not support this.
  • Sample scenario 3: You have Windows 7 installed and you want to upgrade to Windows 8. - Acronis software does not support this.

It is impossible to copy existing applications to the new system using Acronis products.

The main reason is that you cannot just copy installed programs to a new operating system. To function properly, programs have to be installed using the installation routine to write various configuration settings and to set up configuration files in proper places. Even if you copy the contents of Program Files folder to the new system, most programs will not function because during installation additional data is placed to other folders and to Windows registry.

In brief, installed applications "integrate" into Windows to function.


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