It Really Depends on the Programs
There is a reason why we can't transfer programs from one computer to another, and that simply put, is that the people who write the programs want you to buy the new version of their programs when you buy a new computer. But there are some circumstances where you can get around this problem.
On many of the older programs, part of the installation included a MSI file along with the rest of the installation. An MSI file is a "Microsoft Installation" file. These files were often included right along with the Uninstall file, and some were actually used interchangeably. If you had the program already installed, it would offer you a choice to "Repair" or to "Uninstall". If you didn't have the program installed, it would initialize the installation process. Finding these files can be a challenge, and not all programs installed them. But if you can find the MSI file, you should be able to use it to make the installation on the new computer.
You may have to set your computer so you can view "Hidden Files and Folders", and search in the "Application Data" to find the MSI files.
Also, sometimes (but not often), you can actually copy and paste the folders right out of the C:\Program Files folder into the new computer's C:\Program Files folder. If you do this, you will probably also need to Copy and Paste the Information from the C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\Application Data\Your Selected Program folder to the same place on the new computer.
I've tried some utilities that claimed they could copy a program from one location and paste it to another location, but I've never seen one that worked with anything buy the simplest programs.
Sorry that this doesn't sound very encouraging, but it's the best I've got. I've researched this problem for years, and haven't found a good solutions for it yet. The good news is that I'm usually glad that I sprang loose a few bucks for the new program since they usually have a better look and run better than the older versions.
I suppose you could also try to find something in the P2P world, but I'd be certain I had a top notch Anti-Virus Program before I tried that.
Best of LucK
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