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

Backup Your Data with Laplink’s Newest Version of DiskImage

Data loss can happen to anyone. Whether it’s an accidental coffee spill, a power surge, or a particularly nasty bit of malware, data loss usually strikes without warning.

That’s why Laplink is happy to announce that a new, improved version of Laplink DiskImage is readily available!

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Most PC users don’t think about data backup until it’s too late. They don’t think data loss will happen to them, and they think that backing up is too complicated and time-consuming. The good news for those of you who feel the same way is that Laplink DiskImage makes data backup super quick and super easy. It’s perfect for the novice PC user or business person with a cramped schedule.

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

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

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

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

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Removing the Haze

There has been much discussion about PCmover Image Assistant™ and what it is capable of doing and how it differs from other PCmover products such as PCmover Professional™. The fact of the matter is that PCmover Image Assistant solves a gap in the imaging technology currently available on the market today. To help clarify, we will explain the two scenarios that the software is best used for below.

SCENARIO #1

  • Your computer crashes, but the hard drive still functions.  Use PCmover Image Assistant to restore all or some of theprograms, files and settings from that hard drive to a new PC even if the new PC is running a different version of Windows®. For example, the old PC might have been running XP and the new PC has Windows 7. Nothing on the new PC will be overwritten and all your applications are transferred and installed ready-to-use. No need to reinstall and no need to find old serial numbers.  The only caveat here is that the old hard drive must be accessible on the new PC and PCmover Image Assistant will do the rest.

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Hard Drive Hero

Laplink has solved another major problem that technology advancements have created, it goes by the name of PCmover Image Assistant, and we just released it. To date disk imaging software has fallen short. As technology has advanced, more operating systems (Including Windows 7) have arrived. When Windows 7 was released and integrated into nearly every new PC on the market, everyone’s old disk images were rendered useless. This is because if you use imaging software to restore say an XP image to a Windows 7 PC, the software will overwrite your new OS with the old one making your purchase a complete waste of money (Who wants to explain that to their spouse?…). Not to mention, you have now lost all of your programs, files and settings on the new PC. PCmover Image Assistant solves this dilemma and will calm the worries of many PC users. Continue reading

Demystifying The Disk Image

There is little that rivals the mystique of disk imaging. If you perform an internet search of the term “disk imaging,” you’ll find that though imaging products may be large in number, there is very little information available on how they work.

Is it the fate, then, of PC users everywhere to remain in the dark, ceaselessly wondering just how products like Laplink DiskImage, Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost magically create images of their PC, which they may save for later restoration?

Nay.

After scouring the internet and picking the brains of Laplink’s finest software engineers, this Laplink copywriter has put together an explanation of the disk imaging process and publishes it now, here on this very blog, to spread the purifying light of knowledge to the far reaches of the PC user community.

Unveiling a Mystery: The Disk Imaging Process

A disk image, as it turns out, is just that – an image of your hard drive. It is a single file containing the entire contents of a data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical drive, etc., ending in a .dmg, .iso, .cue, .bin or .img file extension. This file can be stored either a compressed state, to save space, or a “raw,” uncompressed state. Whether the file of a disk image is compressed, along with the size of the hard drive, determines how large the file will be. Images that appear as a separate hard drive to the computer are called virtual hard drives, and end in .vhd.

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Disk Imaging Technology Timeline

Remember when making a back-up of your data meant calling in a scribe and dictating for hours to the rhythm of a quillquill scratching on parchment? Well. Maybe not. But imaging technology has come a long way since the dark ages of quill8-bit graphics and floppy disks. Evolving since the early 90s, disk imaging technology has made three prominent leaps of progress over the last two decades, resulting in the imaging software we’re familiar with today.

Join us now, won’t you, for a journey along the Disk Imaging Technology Timeline:

511076668_b651d4e444_tEarly to mid 90s: Disk imaging and cloning technology becomes readily available to consumers, but is fairly limited in function. Users may use software to create an image of their PC, but that image is tied to the computer – images can only be restored to the same PC. The process requires a large number of floppy disks; tempers flare. Continue reading