programs from a mac pro yosemite

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vance09, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. vance09 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    Odd question , but can a directory of a working program be copied to the MacBook pro 15 sierra and possibly work or does it need to go through the install process.
    IE a cad program
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It depends on the program. Some apps are completely self contained and can just be drag and dropped over to a new drive. But others, notable MS and Adobe apps, use installers that install support files in other folders... so apps like that cannot just be drag and dropped to a new drive.

    Usually a big clue is how the app is installed. If there is an installer that runs to install the app, then that will likely not be a drag and drop move. But if it is an app that just comes inside a DMG file, and you open the DMG and drag/drop to install... that will likely be one you can easily move to another drive.
  3. vance09 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    good explanation and I know now which can work ...thanks

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