Microsoft and Laplink Partnership: PCmover Express for free

Laplink announced today that PCmover has been selected by Microsoft as its recommended migration solution for Windows users, with a free download of PCmover Express for personal use available here.

“Microsoft looks forward to continuing our collaboration with Laplink,” said Shad Larsen, Director of Business Planning at Microsoft, in a press release. “We wanted to make it easier for customers to migrate their personal files and settings from their older Windows PC to a new Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC, and Laplink delivers a great solution with their PCmover Express software.”

The free offer for PCmover Express will be available on in 18 markets beginning today and expiring August 31, 2016. The offer is available for personal, non-commercial use. It requires the destination PC to be running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and not joined to a domain.

Commercial users can purchase a license for PCmover Express that provides commercial use rights for about $20. While PCmover Express does not transfer applications, that functionality is provided with PCmover Professional as an available upgrade.

We previously worked with Microsoft to provide Windows users with migration software in support of Windows XP customers moving to new Windows PCs. Extending this relationship to Windows 10 was an easy decision.


We’re fully committed to this Microsoft partnership in support of all Windows users. Our latest version of PCmover makes it easier than ever for customers running Windows XP, all the way to the latest release of Windows 10, to migrate their personal files, folders, and other settings to their new PC.

We’re seeing strong demand for Windows 10 by both consumer and commercial customers. And as customers buy new Windows 10 devices, we believe they will discover Laplink’s migration solutions provide great choice and flexibility, saving time and money for consumers, SMB, and enterprises.

Transferring your personal files, folders, and other settings to a new PC can sometimes be time-consuming and difficult. But our PCmover software provides an easy-to-use solution with a wizard driven interface, allowing users to automatically transfer selected user profiles, files, and settings to a new device from an old PC. We also offer Free Transfer Assistance, providing certified experts 24/7 to assist with migrations.

For larger organizations, we offer an enterprise version of PCmover, which allows IT to manage migrations even for unmanaged PCs. Already in use by thousands of major companies and organizations, it continues to be the fastest growing enterprise migration solution. Complimentary evaluations of PCmover Enterprise and more detailed information is available from our website.

5 improvements in new Windows 10 OS

Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system, released July 29.

Here are 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:

1. Faster and more interactive command center

The Action Center is a central place to view alerts and take actions that can help keep Windows running smoothly. Windows Action Center in Windows 10 will be redone and receive a face lift to fit the new metro theme. The Windows explorer has also been updated in the new operating system: now, when you are searching for a file, it is much faster and responsive than before.

2. Work flow improvements

In Windows 10, users have the ability to create multiple desktops with one screen. It will be a helpful tool for those who work for hours with one large screen. Instead of splitting your screen into two squished windows, you can run each window side by side at a normal window ratio without it getting scaled down. It stays proportional.

 3. Cross system compatibility 

Universal apps will allow the consumer to be able to work and play on their Xbox, phone, PC, or tablet devices with the same software, if it is compatible. This allows easier access to popular applications. While “out and about” you can continue what you were doing earlier, without having to convert any files to another operating system.

4. Internet Explorer is replaced

The new “Edge” browser will allow those who are on mobile or tablet devices, or those who just prefer the metro app, to have a more lite version of Internet that is faster. Edge is quicker, but doesn’t serve all of the plug-ins that Internet Explorer (11) does.







5. It’s FREE!

There are no downsides to installing Windows 10 from a Windows 7 or 8 operating system. Windows 10 will be a product that is a clear upgrade from the other Windows OS’s, and will be worth the upgrade for the enhanced user experience.

After Windows 10, users won’t pay for updates or upgrades, which means once you upgrade this one time, you will be done paying for your operating system upgrades until Microsoft changes its own outlook.

“If Microsoft wants consumers to update, it really means that Microsoft is going to have to give those consumers those updates for free. There’s really no other way to do it,” said Michael Silver of Gartner at the research firm’s annual technology conference.

Have you purchased Windows 10? What do you think of it? Share in the comments. 

Windows 10: the integrated OS for desktop and mobile users

With the release of Windows 10 now available, users who have downloaded the technical preview were relieved to see the return of a familiar Windows 7 user interface. Though when Windows 7 was released in 2009, mobile was not as prevalent as it is now; thus, the Windows 10 improvements and implementations of a mobile-friendly interface make it the ideal operating system for longtime holdouts still using Windows XP or Vista.

Windows 8’s interface was such a dramatic change from its predecessor; many thought its design was more restrictive than useful. While tablet users were given a great interface to experience on a touch screen, desktop users were paralyzed with the app-centric interface and moving icons. Running the Windows 10 operating system on a tablet will again be a great experience for users given its similar design to Windows 8’s tiles. But this system has a new flair to it, with knowledge Microsoft gained from the Windows 8 start menu. It’s my opinion that Microsoft worked hard at combining the two clashing worlds of desktop and laptop users with mobile tablet users into one integrative OS with Windows 10’s start menu and overall user design experience.

In the Windows 10 release, Cortana is being introduced to PC users. The voice recognition and text-assisted computer AI allows for ease of access and a different approach on completing tasks. But, it is not without its flaws. Personally, I have a deep voice and accent. Cortana has a hard time understanding the timbre of my voice, which is why I likely will not use Cortana. But for most users, Cortana on a desktop will improve the desktop PC experience: a touchscreen wasn’t a life-changing opportunity for desktop users. Cortana is likely to have a much bigger effect on users’ desktop experience.

Probably the best optimizations in Windows 10 comes with the very close integration with OneDrive, Office apps, and my local hard disk. With such seamless synchronization across the channels offline and online, I am able to work on documents at the office, and continue to connect and revise them over the weekends on my laptop while I am at home. In Windows 10, this experience is executed much more smoothly than it was in Windows 8.

Come July 29, I will be making the move to Windows 10, along with a lot of other eager users. If you are interested in an easy upgrade solution to migrate your files, settings, users, and even applications from your old operating system to the new Windows 10 OS without overwriting the system, you’ll want to read more about our product: PCmover Windows Upgrade Assistant here.

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.

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.

PCmover Enterprise Blog


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.

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

Windows 10: Earlier adoption forecasted for Business Users

Before every Windows release there are articles about the reluctance of business user to adopt the new OS. Often they are correct, as businesses like to test the new Windows thoroughly.


With Windows 10, though, I believe it is different scenario, as many business did not jump on the Windows 8/8.1 upgrade cycle and are thus more eager to move to Windows 10.

Now a new survey was published that show rather positive numbers. It’s likely that the true outcome is somewhere in between, but I expect Windows 10 to do well.

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.


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. (

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:

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.