How to migrate PC to PC with Laplink’s PCmover

If there’s one thing that every person can agree on it’s that there is usually not enough time in the day to get everything done that you need to do. Between work, errands, and busy weekends in the summertime, it’s nearly impossible to find the hours–or days!–needed to manually migrate thousands of files and folders from an old PC to a new PC you bought this month with Windows 10 on it.

Most people replace their PC every 3-6 years. During those years, you’ve created thousands of personalized settings on your PC. These settings can be things like how you set up the sound, or the mouse and touchpad settings, or your energy-saving settings which are all managed in the Control Panel. Over the lifetime of your PC, these settings take seconds to setup, but imagine starting from ground zero when you buy a new PC, and being forced to reconfigure every single setting in place? That task alone would be enough to make anyone power off their new PC and walk away in frustration.

The most valuable data on your old PC is without a doubt the applications that have been downloaded, purchased, or installed. Fortunately, more and more applications are digital software downloads, typically available for free on the web. But it is still common to have applications (“programs”) installed on your PC that were originally installed by CD. And even with those digital software programs you installed years ago, they required a specific serial number which you more than likely never wrote down.

Repurchasing your many applications and taking the time to reinstall each one would be a significant drain on your time and your wallet!

The bottom line is this: it would be a great weight off of your shoulders if there was one simple solution that could successfully, quickly, and inexpensively migrate the files, folders, settings, user profiles, and all of the applications you rely on from your old PC to the new one you just bought. Not to mention, all of that data has to be compatible with your new Windows 10 system, without overwriting any of the new OS’s features or settings.

The answer is Laplink’s PCmover Professional software. This all-in-one software solution allows you to quickly and easily download the program onto your old PC and your new PC, and following the easy-to-use wizard interface, you are prompted to select and transfer a complete list of your files, folders, thousands of settings, user profiles, and all applications* from your old Windows PC to your new Windows 10 PC. Once you’ve selected everything, start the transfer, and walk away. PCmover will finish the job for you in a fraction of the time so that you can start enjoying your new PC right away.

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When the transfer is finished, your new PC will have the personality and data on it so that it looks and behaves exactly like your old PC did. You’ll save time because everything will be located exactly where you remember it being. No time will be wasted refamiliarizing yourself with a new system; you’ll be able to enjoy all of Windows 10’s new features, but with all of the data you want and need on the new PC.

PCmover Professional by Laplink really is the best solution for a fast migration of all of your data, settings, profiles, and applications from your old Windows PC to a new one, including Windows 10.

If you bought a new PC recently, click here to purchase PCmover Professional on pre-sale before the offer expires on July 29!

Data security made easy!

Regardless of whether at home or at work: The safety of digital data is often overlooked by many users these days, on the basis that “nothing ever happens to me”. Unfortunately, it can and often does! Many users think a backup or system image is too complex and takes too long – so they don’t bother.

Data security was never this easy!

We have directly addressed this problem and integrated into our software, Laplink DiskImage, that guides a user step by step through the creation of an automatic data backup. This significantly easier to use backup functionality enables even novice users to create a reliable and fast backup of their data immediately. With Laplink DiskImage, you can make a copy of your data, applications and your operating system and restore it when required as if nothing had ever happened.

Further new features:

  • Direct creation of virtual disks: from the program itself, you can now create virtual disks. No need for an external program or extra process. This function further strengthens our compatibility with virtual environments which are becoming ever more popular.
  • Task scheduling / planning now has a new assistant to make organizing your data security even simpler. You can, for instance, have an image or backup created through triggers, such as when you first log-in.
  • Plug-and-Play functions: triggers jobs automatically through the simple attachment of a USB or similar to your machine.

The most reliable way to protect yourself against data loss is if you make regular backups of your data and the operating system and store it on an external storage medium. You effectively create a safe which you can access but no one else. When backing up your PC, Laplink DiskImage saves both personal files as well as drive information and individual settings. This not only protects irreplaceable files, such as family photos, vacation videos and office documents, but you also save yourself in the event of a crash the lengthy set up and reinstall of all the programs and the Windows operating system.

Recycle or Resell your old PC safely

With Microsoft announcing the release of Windows 10 on July 29th, with a range of new devices available to consumers, the question to ask yourself is: What will you do with your old PC? Sell it? Throw it away? Did you know that when you delete data under Windows, it is not truly “deleted”? That it is in fact still there and very easy to recover?

Fact 1: Deleting files or documents “normally” on a Windows operating system simply moves those files to the recycle bin to start with. These files only disappear from view when the recycle bin is full or the user proactively empties it.
Fact 2: In truth the files are still on the computer drive – only the references to them in the file system index have actually been removed. As a result the files you think are deleted are actually still on the disk or drive and can easily be recovered with the best file recovery software, such as Laplink SafeErase.

Fact 3: Even formatting a hard disk is not enough to securely delete confidential data!

What should I do?

Solution: You must delete your hard disks and SSDs permanently with Laplink SafeErase before you sell or pass them on! It is the only way you can protect your privacy and prevent identity theft!

Tablet and PC sales in 2015

The PC market is clearly not what it used to be. Demographic changes and new form factors like Tablets and Phablets are distorting the numbers. Sales of PCs took a significant hit during the first quarter of 2015, according to new reports from Gartner and IDC, but the research firms say it’s not necessarily cause for concern. According to Gartner, sales worldwide sank by 5.2 percent year-over-year, while IDC reported that sales dropped by 6.7 percent year-over-year.

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New PC shipments will remain moderate throughout the year, but in late 2015, the arrival of Windows 10 is expected to lead to a small increase.That’s in line with predictions from earlier this year made by both firms that PC sales would decline in 2015. Part of that has to do with heavy sales in 2014 as companies replaced computers running Windows XP with newer devices. The biggest drop came from desk-based PCs, but laptops and other portables continued to show promise.

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“More significant product refreshes from the likes of Intel® and Microsoft® (Windows 10) will be released later in the year, shifting OEM product updates and consumer interest toward later in 2015,” IDC says.

What about new Tablet Sales?

IDC published a new report that indicates that tablet makers will ship 234.5 million units in 2015, up only 2.1 percent from 2014. Though Android® is currently the leader in number of tablets shipped, IDC expects its market share to drop. Android shipment volumes will only grow marginally this year, from 154.7 million in 2014 to 158.1 million in 2015. But its expectations for 2019 are dismal. IDC predicts that Android will make 169.5 shipments in 2019, but its market share will drop to 62.9 percent from 67.3 percent in 2014.

However, iOS® tablets are the biggest losers according to these estimates. IDC thinks that iOS tablets will lose traction this year, with shipment volumes declining from 63.4 million to 60.1 million in 2015. In 2019, the corporation only expects Apple® to see 61.9 million tablet shipments. Furthermore, IDC says, Apple will see its market share atrophy from 27.6 percent in 2014 to 23 percent in 2019. The only company for whom this report is not totally bleak is Windows. The report says that shipments will actually grow from 11.6 million in 2014 to 16.3 million this year. By 2019, IDC says, Windows tablets will be shipping a volume of 38 million. It also sees Windows tablets claiming a larger share of the market in the years to come, from 5.1 percent in 2014 to 14 percent in 2019.

What does this mean for PC Migration?

While the overall market predictions are mostly cautious, new form factors (2 in 1 PCs etc.), new technology from Intel and others, and obviously Windows 10, are likely to increase the demand for PCs.

There is a need for a simple but comprehensive solution to help you:

  • Move (migrate) from existing PCs to new PCs (or other Form Factors);
  • Upgrade to a newer version of the Operating System (OS) with or without hardware upgrades;
  • Migrating (saving) data, programs and settings from hard drive of a broken PC, etc.

PCmover is the ideal solution for PC migration. It is the only software to move all files, folders, settings, and applications to a new PC without overwriting or deleting anything.

Laplink saved a state department $300 per PC deployed

The State of Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare is a government organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idaho residents.

The department itself uses around 3,000 PCs across seven regional centers, and replaces about 900 PCs annually; each with sensitive, confidential data, unique software applications, and hundreds of individual settings per PC.

Taking into account the most critical factors related to their PC migration process, Laplink Software’s corporate sales team worked to devise a list of features that would benefit the state department in its next migration:

  • The need for a customizable upgrade solution that could deploy across multiple regional office locations.
  • An easily manageable migration software program.
  • A solution that could migrate full applications, eliminating the need to manually reinstall each application from a remote location.
  • A software that could transfer personal settings and preferences on each individual’s PC, so end users were not tasked with these steps.
  • A software that did not necessitate “babysitting” and was a light-touch migration solution that could deploy overnight, rather than slow down employee productivity during regular business hours.

Laplink’s team recommended PCmover Enterprise as the optimal fit for the state department’s PC replacement and refresh needs.

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Barry Crane, the department’s IT Helpdesk coordinator, said: “I was quite skeptical that this type of solution would be workable due to the amount of non-standard, custom software we have on our desktops. But after evaluating PCmover within our environment, we see it becoming a strategic part of our upgrade activities.

Crane and his team of technicians were able to quickly and easily set up hundreds of new PCs with PCmover Enterprise.

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“The Laplink corporate sales team was tremendous throughout our evaluation process. They provided us with evaluation copies and made time for several conference calls in order to understand our needs and make sure that PCmover would assist us with our migration requirements. We felt very comfortable after that process in selecting PCmover to help,” said Crane.


  • Total cost reduction to migrate 900 PCs is $189,000*
  • Helpdesk calls were reduced from 30 calls to one in every 10 PCs.
  • Time savings of two to three hours of IT staff time per PC migration, with a total of at least 2,700 hours saved.**
  • Reduced stress and frustration caused during PC migration process for end users, and IT staff.

*Cost and time savings are estimates only, resulting from both hard and soft dollar savings captured when using PCmover in the PC replacement process. Hard and soft dollar savings evaluating the impact to support staff and end user downtime, as well as costs of professional services, software licensing, and storage fees. Calculated by multiplying the average cost saving of $210 per computer by 900 computers.

** Calculated by multiplying 900 PCs by 3 hours saved per computer deployed.

An Enterprise migration of 100,000 PCs

One of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies with over a hundred offices worldwide faced an enormous challenge: to complete a hardware refresh and the migration of data, settings, profiles, and applications of roughly 100,000 Windows® PCs to Windows 8. The scenario was complicated by the fact that the vast majority of the employee’s PCs were still running Windows XP, whereas a fair share of employees had already upgraded to the Windows 7 OS.

Simplicity turned out to be a very important factor for selecting the right product for performing this large-scale migration. A manual migration would be too complicated and is typically not as thorough or time-effective as an automated migration solution.

Additional requirements included the following:

  • Simple and intuitive to use, without the use of XML;
  • Highly scalable to support up to 100,000 PCs;
  • Supports the transfer to and from multiple Windows OS versions;
  • A proven solution for enterprise-grade scenarios.

A big concern for the company was how the PC deployment would impact each employee’s productivity.

We needed a migration solution to meet our very specific requirements. We could not have asked for a better solution than PCmover Enterprise. -Windows 8 Global Deployment Consultant for Fortune 100 Company

The solution the company chose was Laplink® PCmover Enterprise. PCmover enabled them to complete this massive migration without losing data and applications, even the specialized, less common ones that many of the company’s employees used. This contributed early on to upper management’s approval of the PCmover solution.

Additionally, PCmover’s simple “wizard” interface was a plus. Instead of subjecting employees worldwide to a huge, unwieldy directory to view their migrated data, PCmover requires no technical expertise, works straight out of the box, and displays the information in a simple, easy-to-understand format. Employees worldwide experienced uninterrupted productivity by using PCmover Enterprise.

Enterprise Migration Services:

The PCmover® Enterprise solution offers an easy, fluid, cost-effective way to migrate all data over to the new PCs. Countless hours of labor and end-user downtime are saved across a company’s offices, including international, thus having both impact on the top and bottom line.

Visit Laplink today for a free evaluation of PCmover® Enterprise to see how it can help your organization

A Laplink Reseller Interview

Rob’s company joined the Laplink Partner Program in spring 2014, coinciding with Microsoft’s end-of-support for Windows XP. Wanting to capitalize on the opportunity, Rob’s company bought 200 licenses of PCmover Professional to bundle with their anti-virus software in an offer to clients.

Offering both PC migration services, as well as sales of software programs, Rob’s company also resold other Laplink programs like DiskImage and SafeErase to clients.

But PCmover Professional was the most valuable program.

When asked his main reason for offering PCmover to his clients, Rob said of the company’s steady sales: “Technicians know the value of time, and the value of a product that saves them time.”

For Rob’s clients, instead of working on a migration for over a 4-hour period, the entire transfer was done in 45 minutes on average.

“Usually when Microsoft is ‘forcing’ an OS upgrade, we find the greatest success,” said Rob of the business opportunity and financial gains his company experienced with reselling Laplink software programs as part of a service.

Rob’s forecast of the future in the Laplink Partner Program: “With Windows 10 coming out, and with the reviews it’s receiving, I can see a lot of people migrating.”

He additionally foresees that as soon as Windows 7 goes “end of sale” and Windows 10 truly “fills that gap”—Rob can see another big revenue opportunity for reselling PCmover.

An Enterprise PC migration solution

In 2014, Microsoft® ended technical support for its workhorse operating system, Windows® XP. This triggered a surge of migrations to Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Previously, many businesses had skipped migrating, because XP continued to work well. With the end of support, though, enterprise organizations needed to take the step.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29. For the enterprise customer, Windows 10’s under-the-hood improvements will allow enterprises to deploy and manage their PC’s more easily than in the past, as well.

The Market for Enterprise PC Migration Solutions

The PC has continued to evolve into a more powerful machine. Today we have dozens of applications vital for our daily work, several gigabytes of data, and thousands of settings in the Windows registry. Reestablishing those on a new PC is time-consuming and near impossible to create as a streamlined system for a company.

Studies show that the foremost reason for not deploying an organization to new PCs is the anxiety of moving all of the user’s “stuff” from the old PC to the new one. PC deployments remain on the forefront of many IT department staffers’ minds, but the issue remains that there are few tools at the enterprise level to successfully complete this endeavor.

Organizations need a solution that will not interrupt employees’ productivity, will save time and resources, and will migrate the files, folders, and applications vital to each employee’s daily workflow.

Many times, IT departments utilize a centralized deployment utility like SCCM, LANDesk, or Altiris for upgrades and new PC deployments. One of the most challenging aspects associated with using these utilities is that they do not adequately address the transfer of user data, custom application settings, or even the transfer of the applications. This creates a very difficult situation for desktop support teams who are tasked with getting a deployed PC back up and running quickly.

An IT professional at one of the largest PC manufacturers communicated to me: “We are supporting thousands of large organizations to deploy their PCs. We do everything from logistics, imaging, tagging, and bringing the PC to the workplace. We do not, however, have a solution for the actual migration between two desktops.” This conversation brought to light the most common complaints from enterprises considering a migration:

  • PC migrations require too many IT resources not originally budgeted for.
  • Logistical issues arise when considering migrations for remote users and global office locations.
  • Incomplete migrations leave behind necessary applications.
  • Company time is expended re-downloading applications and programs that were not transferred in the deployment.

The results of these shortcomings are increased costs to organizations, an extension of end-user downtime spent familiarizing themselves with the new system, a general feeling of user dissatisfaction, and prolonged project cycles that ultimately affect the bottom line for a company.

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At Laplink, we developed PCmover® Enterprise to make the workstation migration process effective and cost-efficient. It automates the transfer of selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC. PCmover Enterprise is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows you to migrate to the newest version of Windows, including Windows 10. All of your migration scenarios are supported, and it has been proven successful in migration projects ranging from 100 to 100,000 PCs.

PCmover Enterprise has an easy-to-use wizard that does not require any developer knowledge and enables the IT Admin to set the rules. IT departments are able to predefine certain rules and policies within the organization to fit all cases. The Policy Manager allows IT administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

After migrating almost a hundred thousand PCs, we could not have asked for a better solution than PCmover Enterprise-Windows 8 Global Deployment Consultant for Fortune 100 Company

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.administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

PCmover Enterprise by Laplink Software is the solution for every organization that has over 100 PCs. It will save a minimum of $300 per desktop deployed, eliminating the need for extended project cycles. Using PCmover helps organizations decrease unbudgeted costs during the projects, and dramatically decreases productivity loss.

No matter where you are in your deployments of new PCs or operating systems, PCmover will help make you’re the process streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient.

Selling end-to-end service offerings

This blog post is directed at Software Resellers and IT Service Providers interested in the Laplink Partner Program.

When it comes to getting a new PC “to work”, or enhancing an existing PC via hardware or software upgrades and updates, the effort and time needed to get the PC user “back to work” is substantial. It can take multiple unproductive hours to do so and it is not guaranteed that everything will work again.

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Industry research shows that many companies face the following problems:

  • End users are not getting the service(s) they require;
  • Insufficient end-user device performance impacting the top and bottom line;
  • Organizations are experiencing too much employee downtime;
  • Companies have complex end-user device environments with different systems and applications;
  • Business owners and executives are interested in reducing operating costs and TCO.

Laplink has done extensive research to understand the challenges and bottlenecks in PC migration. In a manual migration, the more complex (transferring applications: re-installing, updating, etc) then the more time and effort is expended, thus making the overall transfer more difficult.

With PCmover, the complexity of the migration is significantly reduced, as PCmover guides you through the setup and migration, supported by 3 different scenarios.

PCmover by Laplink Software is the solution for every organization that has over 100 PCs. Using it will save a minimum of $300 per desktop deployed, eliminating the need for extended project cycles.

PCmover helps organizations decrease unbudgeted costs during the projects, and dramatically decreases productivity loss.

Interested in joining the Laplink Partner Program? Join here. 

Windows 10 and PC migration

“Microsoft is doing a lot of good things right now and we believe the launch of Windows 10 later this year will not only have a significant impact on Microsoft’s share of the market, but on the industry as a whole,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. – IDC, 2015

When Windows 10 releases later this month, it is 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:

  1. Windows 10 will be more user friendly than Windows 8, including a redesigned and optimized Start menu, virtual desktops, and resizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps.
  2. Analysts predict massive conversions from 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.
  3. Windows 10 is the real successor for Windows 7 for enterprises, with a lot of emphasis on desktops and enhancements in security, manageability, etc.
  4. Many of the improvements will be especially important to businesses, allowing them to deploy and manage PC’s running Windows 10 easier and more cost-efficient than ever.
  5. Windows 10 will launch in the second half of 2015, and it’s expected that the new operating system will not only help Microsoft to bring more users back to its platform, but it will also contribute to better PC sales as the appeal of new computers will grow significantly for customers.

So while this is great news for existing PC customers, the other big questions is:

What about new PC Sales?

“Economic and product changes will create a headwind in the short term,” IDC states in a press release, “So in 2015, only 293.1 million PCs will be sold.” – IDC, 2015

It’s a mixed bag. Analyst firm IDC® is not all that optimistic and says that, despite the arrival of Windows 10, new PC sales are still expected to decline this year. In fact, IDC has recently lowered its forecast of this year’s new PC sales, claiming that this market is expected to fall by 4.9 percent in 2015, despite the initial estimate of a 3.3 percent decline.

Windows 10 to slightly increase sales.

New PC shipments will remain moderate throughout the year, but in late 2015, the arrival of Windows 10 is expected to lead to a small increase in PC sales.

“More significant product refreshes from the likes of Intel® and Microsoft (Windows 10) will be released later in the year, shifting OEM product updates and consumer interest to later in 2015,” IDC said.

Up until now, the PC market has posted a small increase, partially thanks to more companies replacing their Windows XP systems due to the end of support in 2014. It is also because of Windows 8.1 with Bing, an operating system that’s offered either free of charge or with a very low license cost to manufacturers, with the purpose of cutting down the final price of their devices.

IDC says that the only good news for PC makers is that demand for tablets and other portable devices has dropped recently and is expected to continue going down in the upcoming months.

What does this mean for PC Migration?

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. Applications will not be registered with the new OS, which provides opportunities for our valued resellers.Windows 10 is likely to increase demand for PCs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will be perfect. And while there are many ways to migrate to a new version of Windows, few “solutions” actually allow an in-place upgrade. In particular, any remaining Windows XP users, all Windows Vista users, any 32-bit Windows 7 users, and any users remaining on Windows 8 cannot easily upgrade. There are also limitations imposed for users upgrading from a 32-bit to 64-bit in Windows 10. While users of 64-bit Windows 7 and users of Windows 8.1 will have a comparatively easier time completing an in-place upgrade to the newest OS when it’s available, it still won’t be easy.

The ideal PC migration solution:

The versions of PCmover Suite ideal for consumer and small company migrations are PCmover Professional (download only) and PCmover Ultimate (physical box, including High-Speed Transfer Cable and SafeErase). This reselling opportunity is for those with tech savvy staff to drive migrations in-house or at-home users. By purchasing multi-packs in the partner portal of these versions, partners will profit on the margin when reselling to clients