How to copy and transfer a program with its configuration from one Windows computer to another via USB

The USB is a versatile type of memory. We can do many things: you can copy videos from a DVD to your USB pendrive , in other occasions they are useful to install programs on the USB memory to save hard disk space .

Having a USB stick will save you in emergency cases, using certain programs. We can mention for example that you can create a bootable USB pendrive to run Windows with UltraISO . In addition, they will also serve you to create a Windows bootable CD or USB using AOMEI PE Builder .

There is a Microsoft program called Windows Easy Transfer. It is a tool that will help us transfer configuration data, videos, photos, among other files that we have on the old computer. Its only disadvantage is that we will not be able to transfer the programs themselves, only their configuration.

How to transfer already installed programs?

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  1. To remove the programs, press the Windows button or start the computer and in the sidebar click on computer .
  2. Once there you will find the local disk C , which is where we have all the programs installed ; enter it .
  3. Then, in the program files folder where all the programs are stored. You enter this .
  4. In the program you chose you can select it and press the right button of the mouse and then select the copy option .
  5. You go back to the computer and on the removable disk of the USB you click to open. Press the paste option by right clicking the mouse.
  6. Enter the folder of the program that you copied and select the exce file that is the way to open the application.
  7. You must create a shortcut, for this press the right button of the mouse on the program and create the shortcut ; This same access must be moved out of the application folder, to have better accessibility.

Copy and transfer a program from one public computer to another via USB

You may want to have on your computer a program that you find on a public PC, that is , in an internet room, from a friend or relative. For this you must

  1. Connect the external USB memory that you will use to copy the program to the computer.
  2. Select the start button and in the sidebar, click on computer.
  3.  Then go to local disk C.
  4.  You will have to discard the hidden files, for this in
  • Windows 10 select Vista in the top bar then options; choose the view tab. Check the option to show hidden files , folders and drives . Select accept or apply for the changes to take effect.
  • On Windows 7,8 and Vista. Press the Alt key , select the tools option and choose folder options ; In the view option, check the box to show hidden files , folders and drives. Click accept for the changes to take effect.

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  1. After these steps, a folder named program data will appear. There will be programs that are installed in the two folders that are program files and program data and sometimes it is necessary to copy the programs from these two folders so that they can work.
  2. Select program files , copy the program you want and copy it to the external USB memory .
  3. Then verify that you copy the program , that it is not in the data folder. If so, you will have to extract the program from this folder as well.
  4. Plug your USB stick into your computer to paste the programs.
  5. Once you copy the program, you enter the folder.
  6.  Select the exce file which is the way to open the application.
  7. Right click and create a shortcut. To finish, right-click on the shortcut again and select cut. Then copy it out of the app folder . Thus, you can open the application without problems.

In this way, copying and transferring a program from one computer to another via USB will be quite simple . In addition, you can remove these programs from the USB memory and take them to your PC. No need to download an external app and no software.

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