Laplink Partners with Microsoft to Provide Free Windows XP Data Transfer Tool

With end of Windows® XP support just around the corner, an exciting announcement was revealed on Microsoft’s blog today—Laplink® Software will be partnering with Microsoft to provide Windows XP users with a free tool, PCmover® Express for Windows XP, to help users move off of Windows XP quickly and easily.

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“As the end of support for Windows XP on April 8 nears we’re continuing to focus on ensuring customers are aware of the deadline and helping them to migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1,” said Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft marketing communications manager, in the blog post today.

PCmover Express for Windows XP will copy files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new PC running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Now, XP users won’t have to say goodbye to their music, family photos, videos, email, and even user profiles and personalized settings. PCmover Express transfers data across your home or work network, and allows XP users to customize exactly what to bring to the new PC and what to leave behind.

Windows XP users can download PCmover Express for free in English later this week from http://www.WindowsXP.com/. French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese will be available later in March, with Korean, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian coming soon after that.

More updates will be coming soon! We’ll keep you posted.

Do You Know the Hidden Dangers of Moving off of Windows XP?

End of support for Windows XP begins on April 8, 2014. Those who choose to stay on XP after end of support will face an end to hot-fixes, technical assistance, and security updates. Sticking around on Windows XP is risky; reports point out that the lack of security updates will make it a hot target for hackers, viruses, and other malware. When Microsoft releases security updates for Windows 7 and 8, attackers will check and test Windows XP for those same vulnerabilities. If the vulnerabilities are shared, attackers will target these known security holes in XP because it won’t be receiving security patches.

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Studies show that Windows XP users will be six times more likely to suffer from a virus or other malware. We at Laplink recommend that XP users upgrade their current operating system or transfer to a new PC. With PCmover, the move is seamless, so there’s no reason to face the risks that Windows XP will soon carry.

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Enterprise IT Pros Prefer PCmover Enterprise over Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT)

One of the most popular free tools used by enterprises today for large enterprise migration projects is Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, IT personnel declared a clear preference for PCmover Enterprise over free alternatives, including USMT, by a 3 to 1 margin. Enterprises who evaluated Laplink’s product cited its ability to migrate data that other tools missed, as well as the ease to implement customized rule sets and work flow as their reasons for preference.

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Stay Connected! NEW from Laplink- Laplink Sync for iOS

Already available for Android™ and Windows®, Laplink Sync™ is the most innovative synchronization technology for any mobile platform, allowing you to directly connect your devices and keep your files, folders, photos, and videos up to date between multiple devices, regardless of operating system.  Now available for iOS™ in the Apple App Store℠, it doesn’t matter if you use a Windows PC at home and an iPhone on the go. With just a few clicks, you can instantly synchronize any devices.

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Confused About Windows XP End-of-Life?

Windows XP end-of-life is just around the corner, and recent extensions for Microsoft’s antimalware software has users confused. However, extended virus warning doesn’t mean that Windows XP will be safe after the April 8th deadline.

We at Laplink are encouraging all users to move from Windows XP as soon as is practical. For many business users, that means upgrading existing PCs from XP to Windows 7. Luckily, our PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant is the perfect tool to do this, and Laplink will be offering is for free for one day only on February 4.

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According to a recent study by Trustworthy Computing, Windows XP systems have a malware infection rate six times higher than Windows 8. And AV-Test, who is in the business of testing security solutions, warns that continuing to use Windows XP after April 8 is a major security risk, especially as time goes on.

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Why Are PC Sales Slow? Laplink Has the Answer!

There’s no denying end-user demand for PCs has fallen in recent years. Laplink has continued to research and identify the top issues that result in delaying purchases of PCS. While analysts claim “the PC is dead,” hundreds of millions of PCs are still being sold each year. So why is demand down?

IDC estimates that just over 300 million PC will be shipped by the end of 2013, a 10.1% drop in total computer sales from 2012. However, IDC and other analysts expect the decline in PC sales has nearly run its course, with a very slight decline predicted in 2014. When discussing its most recent quarterly financial report, Intel’s CFO Stacy Smith said that the market for personal computers may be close to bottoming out. Several other PC manufacturers and suppliers have made similar statements recently. And just this week, Deutsche Bank added Intel to its short-term buy list, noting improving PC demand. IDC has also reported that PC usage is higher than tablets or phones, relied upon most for productivity.

Over the past 10 years, Laplink has surveyed PC buyers to identify what would accelerate their purchase, while reviewing similar data from other industry leaders. All conclusions have been the same: in 2013, given a specific level of demand, potential PC buyers have deferred purchase due to the cost of a new PC and due to concerns about migrating their new PC—the same concerns seen in every similar survey performed over the past 10 years.

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Laplink Saves the Holidays

The holiday season is the perfect time to take advantage of big deals on big buys. That’s why it’s the prime time for people to buy a new PC for themselves or someone else. Unwrapping a new PC is exciting, but setting it up is a daunting task that can ruin anyone’s holiday.

You’ll have to reconfigure it with all of your personalized settings, re-install frequently used programs and find the stashed serial numbers and activation CDs, and transfer important documents, family photos, and more. Users who want to do this on their own find themselves spending days on set up instead of enjoying the thrill of a new machine. And now, with Microsoft’s reduced functionality of Windows Easy Transfer, recipients of a new PC find themselves with even fewer solutions.

Laplink’s PCmover is the solution! Now offering PCmover at no charge to Windows XP and Vista users, PCmover eases the migration process because it is the ONLY software that automatically moves selected files, settings, and even programs from an old PC to a new one. PCmover also includes Free Transfer Assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which provides VIP-level step by step setup service at no additional charge from certified migration specialists.

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Solution to the Windows Easy Transfer Problem: PCmover

Microsoft users upgrading to Windows 8.1 were in for a big shock when they opened their trusty Windows Easy Transfer tool.

Microsoft’s latest version of Windows has significantly reduced the usefulness of Easy Transfer. Previously, Microsoft allowed users to transfer files and settings directly from one Windows PC to another across a network or using an Easy Transfer Cable. Now, in Windows 8.1, users can only transfer data files using only external media, like an external hard drive or USB stick.

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It’s even worse if the old PC is running Windows XP. In that case, Microsoft will not allow Easy Transfer to be used at all.

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America Recycles Day: Why You Should Recycle Your E-Waste

All around the nation today people are taking the pledge to recycle in honor of America Recycles Day. Already, over 48,000 people have taken the pledge, with many businesses joining in on the cause. Our national recycling rate currently sits at 34.7% and avoids greenhouse gases that equal removing more than 34 million cars from the road each year. Together, people are pledging to increase that percentage to save energy, protect the environment, and create green jobs for millions of Americans. So, how can you join in?

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Cyber Security Month: The Dangers of Malware and How to Stay Protected

As if right on cue for Cyber Security Month, a new malware named “CryptoLocker” has been hitting people’s hard drives with force.

This malware installs itself into your “Documents and Settings” folder under a randomly generated name. It then adds itself to the list of programs that run every time you log on and eventually creates and uploads an ID for you online. After your ID is created, a public-private key pair is generated, with the public portion being sent back to your computer.

Soon after setting you up, CryptoLocker encrypts all of your files. From important work documents, to spreadsheets, to family photos, CryptoLocker scrambles and locks it all. A pop-up then greets you with a “pay us or lose all your data” message. Typically, CryptoLocker gives users about 100 hours to pay a fee of $300 for the private key to recover their data. If this fee isn’t paid, the key is destroyed and the files are lost.

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