Laplink Solves Hidden Dangers of Moving off Windows XP

Laplink and Microsoft partnered to offer PCmover Express for Windows XP to support PC migrations of data and settings from a Windows XP machine to a Windows 10 machine.

End of support for Windows XP occurred in April 2014. Windows XP users who chose to stay on the operating system after April faced an end to hot-fixes, technical assistance, and security updates. Remaining on Windows XP was risky; many reports pointed out that the lack of security updates would make it a big target for hackers, viruses, and other malware. When Microsoft released security updates for Windows 7 and 8, attackers checked and tested Windows XP for these same vulnerabilities. If the vulnerabilities were shared, it made it easy for a hacker to release malware into the target XP computer.

Studies suggest that Windows XP users are six times more likely to suffer from a virus or other malware. We highly recommend that XP users upgrade their current operating system or transfer to a new Windows 10 PC. Our flagship product, PCmover, helps users move into a new PC seamlessly, so there’s no reason to face the risks that Windows XP carries.

PCmover for Windows XP transfers all selected files and personalized settings from an old PC to a new PC. Its streamlined process handles everything automatically using a step-by-step wizard to guide the user through individual selections. Users can choose to transfer everything, or they can select which files, and settings to leave behind. PCmover handles the rest!

For users interested in migrating their applications, also, they should look at PCmover Professional. There’s no need to find old serial numbers, license codes, or installation disks because PCmover transfers most applications to the new PC installed and ready-to-use.

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PCmover also comes with 24/7 Free Transfer Assistance. Users can simply call the toll-free number and receive expert guidance from a certified migration specialist. The migration specialist will walk any user through the complete transfer process, including setting up peripherals like printers, wireless internet, and more.

There is a hidden danger behind moving off of Windows XP that many PC users aren’t considering. Once a user leaves the old PC, what do they do with the data? Data that isn’t erased permanently can be retrieved, causing them to become victims of identity theft. Fortunately, we offer a solution for that too with SafeErase.

Research shows that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and affects approximately 19 people per minute. The average victim of identity theft suffers an estimated $500 and 30 hours to resolve the crime. Deleted data can be recovered; even when hard disks are formatted, data recovery software can be used to obtain personal confidential data. Laplink SafeErase protects users by permanently deleting data so that no one can retrieve and use it.

Laplink SafeErase is the fastest and most secure way to permanently delete sensitive information from an old PC before selling or recycling. Utilizing a series of government recommended deletion methods, SafeErase completely wipes personal data from the hard drive making it completely unrecoverable.  SafeErase is compatible with Windows 10, making it the perfect tool for those looking to move off Windows XP to a new Windows computer.

Full versions of PCmover can be purchased at www.laplink.com for users interested in moving off Windows XP. Laplink SafeErase is available for $29.95 at www.laplink.com.

It’s Time to Buy a New PC

Making history, Microsoft released its first hardware device worthy of competing in the marketplace. The Surface Book is a 13.5-inch laptop with “a killer display, maxed-out guts, a funky cool hinge, and a display that detaches to become a thick, powerful tablet” (source.) It’s also $1,500, which is on par with Apple’s Macbook laptop series.

New and exciting laptops and convertibles (laptop/tablet) are announced everyday from major hardware manufacturers like HP, Dell, Toshiba or Lenovo. But with Microsoft’s announcement of their new hardware devices on October 6th, even critics were cheering.

With the new Windows 10 available on these new devices, it is officially the time to retire your old hardware; there has never been a better time to buy a new device. Whatever you buy, remember that Laplink’s PCmover will save your day by making a migration of your old Windows PC’s documents, folders, pictures, music, videos, user profiles, thousands of settings, and programs (applications) easy to move. PCmover automates a tedious, manual process, making it painless.PCmover-Professional-Left-New

It’s time to buy a new PC, and when you do,be sure to buy PCmover Professional with it!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.