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Old 02-27-08, 13:13
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Default Application vs. Program

I don't know the difference between an Application and a Program. Thought the Geektionary would help, but didn't find anything there.

I have 2 Dell Windows XP computers.

If I want to copy something such as Microsoft Money from one pc and install it on the other, what exactly do I need to copy? The application or the program?

And where do I find what I need to copy?

Any help in this area is so appreciated.

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Old 02-27-08, 13:36
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Default Re: Application vs. Program

Well basically an Application is an executable file such as Notepad.exe whereas a program can contain more than one application along with numerous other files such as DLL files.

Since the days when Windows had a registry it is far more difficult just to copy a program as it often has numerous entries in the registry which will point to locations of files within the program - this is why prgrams these days are generally installed. Only if the program contains a small number of files or is a self contained executable (such as Notepad which is both a program and an application ) can a program be copied.

Hope that's all clear.
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Old 02-27-08, 13:54
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Default Re: Application vs. Program

As it was explained to me: An application is what you run to effect a task, ie. Word, PhotoShop, etc. A program is/are the bits and pieces that make the application work. Seemed to make sense at the time : )
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Old 02-27-08, 15:36
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Default Re: Application vs. Program

Ok, thanks to all of you for your replies. I sort of understand the difference now.

Guess I'll have to buy the program/app
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Thank you. Also thanks for the link to Microsoft Money.
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