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I see someone mentioned copying the c:\esri folder and pasting in/on Windows 7 64 bit. Sounds easy enough; however, I thought the installation process partly consisted of putting certain files in certain places in order for the whole thing to work? Oddly enough, I work as a GIS Specialist and know little about the computer. My oversight, excuse me.

So, I have to be led by the nose (really good and thorough intructions).

Could I really just copy my ESRI folder on my xp machine to an external drive and then transfer it to my new machine?

Otherwise, can I use my original installation disks?

Thanks in advance for the education


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marked as duplicate by matt wilkie Jul 19 '13 at 17:51

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I have copied simple .exe files between different computers successfully. The question usually isn't if you can copy the program. The question is if the licensing will allow it to run. It is definitely worth a try. – jvangeld Apr 12 '11 at 0:17
also see Install ArcView3 on 64bit Windows? – matt wilkie Jan 24 '12 at 22:52

I assume that this is the thread you are referring to in which case, it does work, although some of the threads indicate some modifications that may need to be made. As for licensing, if you have a legitimate claim (aka purchased the software), then moving it to a new platform doesn't negate your license. Installation from the original CD's probably won't work since the new operating systems are now 64, 32 bit and ArcView 3.x is 16 bit. Follow the instruction in that thread and you will have a functioning AV3.x.

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You assume correctly; thank you. Understand about the license, and yes, I bought it. – user2646 Apr 12 '11 at 0:57
as I was saying: You assume correctly; understand about the license, and yes, I bought it. (comes with the key on the package, good ole days) I will go back and spend more time on the thread. Unfortunatley not until Thursday. Thank you, John ps timed out and didn't know. My apologies again, I'll read the faq thursday too – user2646 Apr 12 '11 at 1:06
@John Sitting here at a Win 7/64 workstation with a copy of ArcView 3.3 (+SA 1.1) running--copied from an XP/32 workstation, copied from its predecessor, copied from its predecessor (I haven't installed AV 3.x from CD in at least ten years)--I can attest that this works. (E.g., it generated the figure at…) – whuber Apr 12 '11 at 6:09
Correction, ArcView 3.x is a 32-bit application not 16-bit – JimBarry Apr 13 '11 at 22:58

The short answer:

On Windows XP machine, copy AV_GIS30 folder from C:\ESRI\AV_GIS30 and paste to Windows 7 machine C:\ESRI for C:\ESRI\AV_GIS30

On Windows XP machine, copy ESRI folder from C:\Program Files\Common Files\ESRI and paste into Windows 7 machine C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files for C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ESRI. This is where the mtch.dll needs to be.

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