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Application vs. Program

Discussion in 'Software' started by cynda99, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. cynda99

    cynda99 Private E-2

    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? :confused

    Any help in this area is so appreciated.

  2. Yargwel

    Yargwel MajorGeek

    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 rolleyes) can a program be copied.

    Hope that's all clear. :confusedrolleyes
  3. crazylegs

    crazylegs Private E-2

    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 : )
  4. cynda99

    cynda99 Private E-2

    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 :cry
  5. cynda99

    cynda99 Private E-2

    Thank you. Also thanks for the link to Microsoft Money.

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