A solution to the Windows upgrade dilemma

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PCmover supports 2 core migration scenarios:

  1. PC to PC Migration
  2. In-place Upgrade

1. The Standard PC to PC Migration

The easiest way to enjoy the latest Windows release is to buy a new PC loaded with the new OS, and to use PCmover to migrate all of the applications, data, and settings to the new PC using a Laplink Ethernet or USB Transfer cable, a network connection, or external media (e.g., external USB hard drive).

An alternative way is to either create an image on an external hard drive (PCmover provides the necessary functionality to do that) or to take the existing hard drive out of the old PC and to connect the old hard drive (or the image) to the new PC, load PCmover, and all applications, data, and settings will be transferred to the new PC.

2. The In-Place Upgrade: Custom Install without Drive Formatting

All Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7/8/8.1 users who upgrade to Windows 10 will be required to perform a clean (custom) install. The user will likely be able to choose between re-formatting their hard drive and installing Windows 10 without a re-format.

For users who have no external device or do not want to take the extra step, and still want to upgrade their PC to Windows 10 without losing all of their data and settings (without having to re-install all their applications), PCmover offers an easy solution.

Simply install Windows 10 without re-formatting the hard drive (customer install), subsequently install and run PCmover which will automatically restore all the applications, data and settings from the Windows.old directory. This is the only method to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7 to Windows 10 without having to re-install all your applications and without having to back up all your data in advance.

Users might insist on a clean install or need to have a pre-defined image of Windows 10 installed. In this case PCmover (Business Edition only) can run PCmover on the source PC and move all applications, data and settings to external storage.  After the PC is reformatted and Windows 10 is installed, the user can then re-install PCmover, which will automatically restore the applications, data, and settings to the PC.

Depending on the size of the installed data, it is recommended to use an external or network hard drive rather than online storage, as bandwidth and speed limitations can throttle performance dramatically.

Upgrade Paths to Windows 10

Upgrading to a new version of Windows, soon to be Windows 10, usually sounds like a straightforward process:

  • Download the software (or install via a DVD/CD);
  • Run the installer, upgrade the OS;
  • Voila! Everything should be in place.

in place upgradesFor all scenarios which are not “green” it’s a different story. In particular, any remaining Windows XP users and all Windows Vista users cannot easily upgrade, and users running the 32-bit version of Windows 7/8/8.1 don’t have an easy (in-place) upgrade to the 64-bit Version of Windows 10, either.Unfortunately, it’s different. While there are many ways to migrate or upgrade to a new version of Windows, only a few options actually allow an in-place upgrade. The chart below depicts the different options available with the green boxes indicating upgrades “out of the box”.

These scenarios require a “clean” or “custom” install of Windows, which can be done either by reformatting the hard drive or by “over-installing” the new operating system. Both cases result in the applications, data, and settings being moved to different directories, and the existing applications will not work as they are not registered with the new OS.

Laplink® has created a solution with PCmover® that allows in-place upgrades. The table below indicates that all upgrade scenarios which are not supported “out of the box” are supported by PCmover.

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In the next blog post, we will dive deeper into the two core migration scenarios PCmover supports.

Windows 10 – kostenlos oder nicht?

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Gerade lese ich einen interessanten Artikel zu diesem Thema. Hier beklagt sich Stern Online zu Recht, dass das kostenlose Upgrade-Programm von Microsoft verwirrend ist…und man deshalb die Meinung vertreten sollte, Windows 10 kostenlos für alle herauszugeben – eine einfache und elegante Lösung?

Ich gebe zu, ich bin ein Vertreter der Software-Industrie und verdiene mein Geld mit Software…und ich erhalte nur Geld, wenn neue Versionen besser sind als die alten. Davon abgesehen brauchen Anwender neue Software, um mit ihr neue Hardware, neue Betriebssysteme und natürlich neue Bedürfnisse abzudecken. Ist es nicht vollkommen berechtigt zu sagen, dass der Entwicklungsaufwand und die damit verbundenen Kosten in den Preis einer Software einfließen sollten? Warum der Ruf nach kostenfreier Software?

Eine mögliche Erklärung ist wohl die Annahme, dass Software als solches keine Produktionskosten verursacht und es sich demnach tatsächlich anbietet, Software kostenfrei zur Verfügung zu stellen. Aber das kann wohl doch nicht das Argument sein, denn ansonsten hätten wir ja auch die Erwartung, dass alle intellektuellen Leistungen wie z.B. die Leistungen eines Redakteurs kostenfrei sein sollten. Ebenso stimmt es nicht, dass Software mit keinen Kosten verbunden ist: Downloads, Unterstützung, Fehlerbereinigung und Kundendienst kosten nunmal Geld. Ein zweites potentielles Argument wäre, dass es die anderen ja auch tun (Firmen wie z.B. Google bieten ihre Software kostenlos an). Das mag stimmen, aber finanziert sich Google nicht gerade aus indirekten Umsätzen, indem die Firma die Form des kostenfreien Software-Vertriebes nutzt, um damit Werbung zu verkaufen? Es ist vollkommen legitim, wenn Software frei genutzt wird und man dadurch einen indirekten Umsatz ankurbelt. Ein drittes Argument könnte sein, dass eine Firma sowieso schon so viel Geld verdient, dass sie das zusätzliche Geld nicht braucht (wie auch im vorliegenden Artikel beschrieben) – eine schöne Idee…wenn sie dann auch auf alle Wirtschaftsunternehmen angewendet wird! Ich persönlich fände es keine schlechte Idee, wenn deutsche Großunternehmen einen Teil ihrer Profite in kostenlose Produkte investieren und danach unter denjenigen verteilen würden, welche die Produkte auch wirklich benötigen. Das würde unsere freie Marktwirtschaft gehörig revolutionieren…und die Aktionäre erschüttern.

Auch wir veröffentlichen hin und wieder zu bestimmten Anlässen Gratis-Kopien eines Produkts für unsere Anwender, jedoch wehre ich mich gegen diese kategorischen Forderungen nach kostenloser Freigabe von Software, Musik, Film und Video. Wenn sich dies auch wie ein überholter Slogan anhört: Innovation hat seinen Preis.

PCmover migration: hard drive image recovery

PCmover Professional and Business support all migration scenarios:

Scenario 1: Migrate to a New Machine

  • Direct peer-to peer transfer over cable or network
  • File-based transfer using storage device

Scenario 2: Upgrade an old Windows PC to Windows 10

  • Custom Windows 10 install
  • Reformatted Windows 10 install

Scenario 3: Recover directly from a hard drive or VHD

  • Physical drive restoration
  • Image file restoration (mounted as VHD)

The third scenario PCmover supports is the transfer of applications, data, and settings from an image or hard drive to a new PC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the organization has images of a Windows XP PC and need the image restored to a new Windows 10 PC, there are no solutions from traditional image vendors (Symantec, Acronis, Paragon, etc.) However, with the right software, one can mount the image on the new PC, but the applications and settings will not work.

PCmover’s built-in technology called “Image & Drive Assistant” takes a unique approach to this issue by being the only software that can restore an old image to a new PC without overwriting anything on the new PC. Some companies take this functionality and optimize it for their normal PC deployment: an IT service professional will manually remove the hard drive from an old computer, attach it to the proper housing component, and connect it to the new PC with a compatible cable. While it adds complexity and is usually technician-driven, this scenario offers the fastest migration, especially in cases with full high capacity drives. If a PC is unresponsive, but the hard drive is in working order, PCmover’s Image and Drive Assistant function is the only way to transfer data, settings and applications to a new Windows system.

In most cases, larger organizations comprised of over 500 PCs will have prepared an image that is put on a new PC by the IT department, or as part of the factory process at the OEM or service provider.

Using PCmover makes these transfer processes easy, and the migration is completed in record time. Beyond end users, these are all optimal migration scenarios for an IT service provider to utilize for business customers, and resellers to use to market to IT departments.

You can watch a video about it here.

PCmover migration: in place upgrade

PCmover Professional and Business support all migration scenarios:

Scenario 1: Migrate to a New Machine

  • Direct peer-to peer transfer over cable or network
  • File-based transfer using storage device

Scenario 2: Upgrade an old Windows PC to Windows 10

  • Custom Windows 10 install
  • Reformatted Windows 10 install

Scenario 3: Recover directly from a hard drive or VHD

  • Physical drive restoration
  • Image file restoration (mounted as VHD)

In the second scenario, PCmover supports in-place upgrades where the new operating system is installed on top of an old Windows version. Microsoft does not support in-place upgrades from Windows XP or Vista. It also does not support an upgrade path from a 32-bit machine to 64-bit. It also recommends a complex re-installation of applications, data, and settings. This reinstallation is often too costly for an organization, especially if they must repeat this process many times, because they have a number of PCs that were purchased in the last 4 years but are fast enough to handle Windows 10.

This built-in technology in PCmover, the “Upgrade Assistant” tool, is the only technology to support this type of scenario. After Windows 10 is installed as a custom install (no formatting of the hard drive), PCmover’s Upgrade Assistant function can restore the applications, data, and settings from the old Windows directory and apply them to the new OS environment.

While PCmover can perform in-place upgrades, many customers prefer to “export” all data, settings and applications to a network location or external drive. This allows the PC to be updated with a full image, which includes the preferred settings and new applications of the organization, before the data, settings and applications are imported again. If no image is needed, organizations can use the Upgrade Assistant function of PCmover to preserve data, settings and applications on a new Windows version.

You can watch a video of how an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 works here.

In the next blog post, we will explore the third and final migration scenario PCmover supports.

Windows 10: UMZUGSÄNGSTE

This is written for our Deutsch readers.

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Die Freude auf einen neuen PC währt immer nur solange, bis man an den Punkt kommt, die Daten, Einstellungen und Applikationen und den neuen PC zu transferieren. Nach stundenlangem Hin-und Her, Suchen nach Seriennummern, versteckten Einstellungen und dem Verlust kostbarer Daten ist die Freude lange verflogen.

Und wer hofft, dass der Umzugshelfer von Microsoft – Windows Easy Transfer – wenigstens die Daten und Einstellungen kopiert, wird bei Windows 10 schnell enttäuscht. Das Programm gibt es nicht mehr in Windows 10. Anstelle setzt Microsoft nunmehr auf eine Kooperation mit dem Umzugsspezialisten Laplink, dessen PCmover bereits im letzten Jahr Anwendern kostenlos für den Umstieg von Windows XP zur Verfügung gestellt wurde. (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/de-de/xp/transfer-your-data.aspx).

Was Microsoft für Windows 10 plant, bleibt wohl ein Geheimnis bis zur Freigrabe des neuen Betriebssystems. Für Schnäppchenjäger, die von Windows 7 oder 8 heute schon umsteigen wollen, empfehlen sich die kostengünstigen Pakete von Avira („Internet Security Suite“) oder O&O („Umzugshilfe“), die es im Fachhandel gibt und die eine Version von PCmover beinhalten. Oder man bedient sich gleich bei Laplink: www.laplink.de.

PCmover migration: PC to PC

PCmover Professional and Business support three migration scenarios:

Scenario 1: Migrate to a New Machine

  • Direct peer-to peer transfer over cable or network
  • File-based transfer using storage device

Scenario 2: Upgrade an old Windows PC to Windows 10

  • Custom Windows 10 install
  • Reformatted Windows 10 install

Scenario 3: Recover directly from a hard drive or VHD

  • Physical drive restoration
  • Image file restoration (mounted as VHD)

The first scenario is the most common scenario where you deploy to a new PC and replace an existing desktop, moving the data, settings and applications from the old to the new PC through the network. Some companies prefer a USB cable to reduce the traffic on the network or for offline migrations.

PCmover® Professional and Business editions make the migration process effective and cost-efficient. PCmover is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows users to migrate from Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 to Windows 10. PCmover transfers all selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC, including user accounts, applications’ environments, applications’ add-ons, background pictures, favorites, and more.

You can watch a PCmover tutorial video here.

In our next post, we will talk about PCmover’s second supported migration scenario.

Replacing desktop PCs with a desktop

With the upcoming release of Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system is expected to become the new standard for corporate and organizational computing. Windows 10 is being built to accommodate all the business users who reluctantly stayed on Windows 7 after the end of support for XP, despite the availability of the 8 and 8.1 versions.

Research shows that Windows 8 and 8.1 only gained a 15% market share, leaving 85% of PCs worldwide still running Windows versions XP, Vista, and 7. While home consumers will be able to easily upgrade to Windows 10 at an affordable cost later this year, professional organizations will need to refresh their aging PC infrastructure, in addition to their operating systems. This event will likely mark the largest upgrade project since the launch of the first PC.

IT pros are not replacing desktops with laptops.

 
Some 45 percent of IT professionals plan to replace a desktop with a desktop, while only 12 percent plan to replace a desktop with a laptop.

Whether it’s a home business owner managing a single PC, or an organization running 100 PCs, the business opportunity as a service provider and reseller is available.

A corporate migration will push resources and budgets beyond their limits, unless deployment processes are redefined.

While PC deployments have been a top consideration for many IT departments, there are few standard processes in place to make it an effective procedure while maintaining workplace productivity. Despite advances in software and technology, it remains true that few solutions are known of in the industry that can successfully migrate applications, data, and settings to a new PC.

At Laplink we offer PCmover Professional and Business editions to make the migration process effective and cost-efficient for IT service providers and software resellers in this market. PCmover is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows users to migrate from Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 to Windows 10. PCmover transfers all selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC, including user accounts, applications’ environments, applications’ add-ons, background pictures, favorites, and more.

PCmover Professional and Business support all migration scenarios.

Software giveaway for Laplink’s 32nd anniversary!

Laplink celebrates its 32nd anniversary with 24 hours of incredible software giveaways through June 18 (8:30 AM PST). The rest of June, Laplink will have a bundle of fantastic software promotions available at http://www.laplink.com/happy32nd for everyone that is ready to upgrade or migrate to Windows 10 when it’s available next month!

IT Pros prefer PCs in 2015

According to The SHI Blog in January 2015: “Reports of the PC’s death have been greatly exaggerated,” said author Ed McNamara in his blog article. “Written off after a slow 2013, PCs fought back last year with sales growing 1 percent in the fourth quarter year over year.”

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier in 2015 also boosted hype for the previously downturned market: new advances in hardware such as hybrid laptop/tablets, curved screens, and ultra-thin laptops were showcased to a receptive audience. “Clearly PCs aren’t down for the count just yet,” wrote McNamara.

So what does this mean for the migration software market and those in the industry going forward this year?

IT Pros prefer PCs in 2015.

“Of the 99 percent of IT professionals whose organizations plan to replace at least one computer next year, 82 percent will replace existing desktops or laptops with another desktop or laptop,” said McNamara.

As the economy continues to improve, business professionals will begin updating their computer’s hardware and operating systems for the first time in years. These events will provide a considerable business and financial opportunity for software sales and IT services for professional users requiring a secure migration of their files, folders, user settings, and applications from PC to PC.

If you are a software reseller, consider joining the Laplink Partner Program and reselling PCmover Professional to IT pros ready to migrate and upgrade to Windows 10 this year.