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.

Getting to Windows 10

Of the greater than 100 different ways to move to Windows 10 from Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, less than 20 are allowed by Microsoft to implement an in-place upgrade.

This means that very few of the scenarios keep your applications, data and settings “in-place”– in other words, still installed on your computer, and in the same location as before.

The debut of Windows 10 is likely to have the effect of increasing the demand for PCs with a mouse and keyboard. Yet even in mature regions, which are actually strong markets such as the United States, PC sales are still expected to drop by 5.1 percent this year, despite the arrival of Windows 10. Microsoft’s announcement that upgrades to Windows 10 would be free for the first year for all Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users also likely had the effecet of discouraging new PC sales. With such an easy option to upgrade directly to the new OS without updating hardware, the first year of the Windows 10 release is likely not going to see huge jumps in new PC sales.

One challenge will remain for users upgrading to Windows 10 for free: while there are many ways to migrate data and applications PC to PC, few scenarios actually support an in-place upgrade without erasing the old data, or overwriting the new OS. For any remaining Windows XP users, all Windows Vista users, any 32-bit Windows 7 users, and any users remaining on Windows 8, they cannot easily upgrade to the new OS without purchasing third party software.

While users of 64-bit Windows 7 and users of Windows 8.1 will have a comparatively easier time, it still won’t be a straightforward process.

All other scenarios require a “clean 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 applications are not registered with the new OS.

If you want to know how to complete an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 with Laplink’s PCmover software, watch this video here.

PCmover Supports Migrations to Windows 10

Laplink is continuing its previous, successful relationship with Microsoft. Together Laplink and Microsoft are collaborating to ensure that PCmover users have a great experience when using PCmover in an upgrade scenario. From what we understand (and have tested) right now, it’s safe to say that PCmover will support migrations to the following editions of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education

The easiest way to enjoy the latest Windows release would, of course, be to buy a new PC loaded with the new OS and to use PCmover Professional to migrate all the applications, data, and settings from your old PC to this new PC. But PCmover also supports in-place upgrades to Windows 10, and transfers all the old OS’s files, settings, profiles, and applications without overwriting the new operating system.

For standard hardware refreshes and as-needed PC replacements, PCmover can operate across a corporate network, cross-over Ethernet cable, Laplink USB cable, or a portable storage device, offering a flexible, time-saving and simple solution for automating the end-to-end process.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Editions

Microsoft released information about the seven versions of Windows 10 it will offer in a blog post on June 1. Here are the key takeaway points:

  1. Windows 10 Home will be the version used by consumers on PCs and larger tablets, the focus here will be more so on retail.
  2. Windows 10 Professional is designed to run on desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and tablets. Additional features in the area of business management and security, this version is aimed at users who will have a machine supplied by work but might also want to use it for personal tasks. Focus is retail again.
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise is the version targeted at larger businesses, and will be sold through Microsoft’s Volume Licensing program. It adds additional security and management features, and gives administrators control over the pace at which updates are released. There will be some stripped -down versions (embedded use) for devices like POS’s and ATMs.
  4. Windows 10 Education is a tweaked version of Enterprise targeted for the education market (e.g. schools and universities.)
  5. Windows 10 Mobile will run on smartphones and smaller tablets (with a screen size of 9 inches or less). This is the product currently known as Windows Phone.
  6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is a business-focused version of Windows 10 Mobile, also sold via Volume Licensing. Like Enterprise, there will also be a cut-down “industrial” edition for handheld terminals and other task-specific devices.
  7. Windows 10 Internet of Things Core is a very stripped-down version of Windows 10, designed for “small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.” Microsoft has previously indicated this version will be free.

Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 will release on July 29th this year

It is clear that its release will be to great expectations. Unlike Windows 8, it is anticipated that existing PC users will switch much more rapidly to Windows 10. Here are a number of reasons why:

  • Windows 10 will be more user friendly than Windows 8, including a redesigned Start menu, virtual desktops, and re-sizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps.
  • Many of the improvements will be especially important to businesses, allowing them to deploy & manage PC’s running Windows 10 more easily and cost efficient than ever.
  • Analyst predict massive conversions from Windows XP, Vista, 7, and even 8/8.1 (supported by the fact that it will be free for Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 users.)

PC users ready to migrate or upgrade to the newest operating system by Microsoft should consider Laplink’s PCmover software to complete this upgrade quickly and easily.

Move to Windows 10 Technical Preview Free

Are you testing out Windows 10 Technical Preview? Good news! Laplink is offering PCmover Express for free!

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Just like in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview doesn’t support a variety of migration scenarios. As a partner with and supporter of Microsoft, Laplink is cooperating with Microsoft to make using Windows 10 Technical Preview as easy and productive as possible.

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New Internet Explorer Bug Exposed – Laplink Helps Vulnerable XP Users

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A new vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 6 through 11 users was discovered just this past weekend. The bug can grant hackers access to a PC, likely allowing them to install programs, create accounts, and view, change, or delete user data. It has already been exploited against U.S. financial and defense companies, resulting in the U.S. government issuing a strong warning about the risks of using these versions of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working on a patch. However, since support for Windows XP ended earlier this month, those who still using Windows XP are out of luck.

This bug is just the first in what could be a long list of vulnerabilities that will remain open for hackers, viruses, and malware to target XP users. It’s also a clear indication that the end of support doesn’t only affect the operating system, but other applications like browsers, too. Continue reading

The Heartbleed Bug: A Note from Laplink

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The OpenSSL project team announced a serious security vulnerability, known now as the Heartbleed bug, on April 7th. We wanted to officially address concerns about purchasing products from Laplink online.

All purchases made through our secure 128-bit encrypted chatroom or online store are completely safe! While our security hasn’t been compromised by Heartbleed, we are actively monitoring our system to ensure that your personal information remains secure at all times. Continue reading

The End of Windows XP is Here!

Starting today, Windows XP users will no longer receive technical assistance, security updates, or hot-fixes to their PCs. This leaves Windows XP users vulnerable to hackers, viruses, and other malware until they upgrade or migrate quickly to a different version of Windows.

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While Windows has been an extremely successful and popular operating system since its release in 2001, it’s time for XP users to move to a newer, more reliable, and more secure operating system. Laplink offers several affordable tools to make that process easy, while allowing a high degree of customization.

Laplink’s PCmover is the only software that automatically moves all selected programs, files, and settings from an old PC to a new one, or from an old operating system to a new one. PCmover is easy to use, regardless of technical skill, thanks to a step-by-step wizard that helps users customize their migration experience by keeping everything or selecting exactly what they want to transfer. With PCmover, there is no need to transfer data to external storage and no need to reinstall applications. PCmover does it all automatically!

PCmover also comes with Free Transfer Assistance available 24/7. Simply call the toll-free number, and one of Laplink’s certified PC migration experts will guide the user through the entire migration process at no additional cost. Continue reading

How to Move Off of Windows XP

The end of support for Windows XP is now less than a week away! If you’re still running Windows XP on April 8th, you’ll see an end to technical support, hot-fixes, and security updates for your PC, leaving your data vulnerable to hackers and malware. No matter how you want to move off of Windows XP, Laplink can help you move quickly without losing your programs, files, and settings.

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The Problem

Windows Easy Transfer – Severely Deprecated
Windows Easy Transfer was a free, go-to tool for many Microsoft users looking to upgrade. However, support for Windows Easy Transfer has been deprecated significantly in favor of cloud solutions. Windows Easy Transfer doesn’t support upgrades from 32-bit systems to 64-bit systems, which is a problem since most XP machines run on 32-bit and newer PCs are 64-bit.

Windows 7 – No Direct Upgrades
There is no direct upgrade solution from Microsoft to go from Windows XP to Windows 7. You can manually move using external media but requires extensive time and effort to transfer only your files and settings to an external storage device, then transfer that data again to your new PC.

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