My wife’s ancient PC finally died; it was a $400 Gateway we bought many years ago. Fortunately the hard drive was OK, so here I am, transferring the files from the old hard drive to a different PC. This process takes forever and is really annoying when it comes to application migration.
Here’s something PC users might not realize about OSX: most apps are simply dropped into the applications directory. I assume that moving most apps from one Mac to another is as simple as copying these directories. (I could be wrong, my Mac hasn’t died yet, so I have not had to try this!)
This is certainly not the case on Windows, where each application builds a web of intricate registry references, requiring a fresh install when moving to a new PC. What a pain.
For most applications, the Windows Registry seems like a huge design flaw. Why does a simplistic application like Print Shop need the Registry at all? Can’t installation be as simple as unzipping into Program Files and storing user preferences under each user’s profile directory?
I’m done with my rant. I feel better. Files are still copying…this could be a long night.
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