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 Windows.com 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.

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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.

3 tools for an easy PC migration experience

Prior to transferring your entire PC’s files, settings, users, and applications from one PC to a new one, you’ll want to explore three tools that will make the entire process faster, easier, and stress-free.

Here are three tools from Laplink Software that we suggest to make your PC migration experience simple:

1. Back up everything before you start transferring with Laplink DiskImage

DiskImage saves a mirror copy (image) of your entire hard drive to an external media device, protecting against unforeseen data loss due to corrupted systems, viruses, hackers or other malware. DiskImage is the best tool for backing up your PC’s files, settings, and applications. With it, you can schedule regular back-ups in the background without compromising your computer’s performance.

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2. Connect your PCs to transfer with the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows

The Easy Transfer Cable for Windows is the fastest tool to connect two PCs and transfer the files, settings, and user profiles from an old PC to a new PC. It’s the best solution for someone with a slow network connection, or without any network at all.

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No other “easy transfer cable” works with Windows 10. Laplink’s Easy Transfer Cable supports data migrations PC to PC for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 and 10 computers.

The Easy Transfer Cable from Laplink speeds up the transfer when moving huge amounts of data to a new PC. It doesn’t leave anything behind, and it will not delete anything on the PCs. This cable makes a PC to PC data transfer quick and easy.

3. Use PCmover Professional to complete the transfer

PCmover Professional transfers your old Windows applications, files, users, and personalized settings to a new PC, saving hours of time and difficulty when setting up a new PC at home or work.

PCmover is Microsoft’s® only recommended solution. The easy-to-use software guides you through the transfer. If you need help, Laplink’s Free Transfer Assistance is available 24/7 by phone or online chat. Keep your old PC’s personality and usability without overwriting your new PC’s features with PCmover Professional. You’ll be set up on your new PC in no time.

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Windows 10 Impact on IT Departments: Part III

We have broken down the most common complaints and the mistakes organizations are making that result in unexpected costs.

  1. Many organizations underestimate the time end users spend to become familiarized with their new PC system, as well as problems with migrating existing user data, and settings recovery. This time can easily exceed three to four hours. These soft costs are often not part of IT budgets, but are of great concern for business owners experiencing employee-productivity drops.
  2. End user customizations are frequently not considered in the overall plan. Customization are mostly left for the employee to complete on company time. Customizations like reapplying and creating settings for the new desktop can be beyond a normal users’ comprehension, leading to a surge in PC helpdesk requests with associated cost of $50 or more per call.
  3. The third mistake is underestimating the logistics associated with PC migrations for users in remote locations and international subsidiaries, which can prove to be extremely difficult. The need to outsource to a contractor or flying a staff member to a site, causes deployment issues and costs to rise quickly.
  4. The fourth, and final, mistake occurs inadvertently when data and settings are left behind. In a recent study conducted with enterprise level IT departments, the results were troubling: 27% of respondents who used various tools for transferring data and settings reported data loss in the process.

Windows 10 will cause businesses and IT teams to increasingly respect the fact that end user computing is changing. What is happening in the OS market is comparable to the BYOD revolution that saw the number and variety of devices on the corporate network sky rocket. This has and still is raises a number of challenges in terms of control and management.

The PC, tablets, and other devices have evolved into very powerful systems. Because today, we have dozens of vital applications, several gigabytes of data, and thousands of settings in the Windows registry, reestablishing all that on a new PC is time-consuming and near impossible to streamlined for a company.

With new PC deployments on the forefront of many IT teams tasks, issues surrounding the fact that there are few tools at the enterprise level to successfully complete this endeavor. Proven solutions like PCmover® Enterprise are not always known within many IT Organizations.

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Organizations need a solution with minimal interruption to employees’ productivity, save time and resources, and will seamlessly migrate files, folders, and applications vital to each employee’s daily workflow. An IT professional at one of the largest PC manufacturers once stated: “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.”

Tips for Transferring Files to Windows 10

Moving into a new PC is quite a challenge as Windows 10 has no tools to accomplish this task. For many users, getting their data files such as photos, videos, music, email, contacts, spreadsheets, documents, etc. to their new PC is a major concern and may even result in delaying the purchase of a new PC.

There are four basic options a user can choose from to move data files to a new PC:file-transfer

  1. Upload files from the old PC to cloud storage (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) Now the user can easily access from anywhere and download the files to their new PC. But if the user has a lot of data, the upload will take a very long time – and, their data might exceed available storage.
  2. Transfer using a USB stick or external hard drive.
  3. Transfer across a network user Explorer by sharing the old hard drive to the new PC.
  4. Use a file transfer utility.

The key problem to all of the above options is that the user must know what they desire to transfer, must know where the data is located on the old PC, and must manage the process.

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The secondary problem is that there’s a good chance the user really wants more than just data files which they might not realize. A typical user will miss quite a bit of data – perhaps they leave behind their Outlook data, files they accidentally saved in an unusual location, data related to a specific application that was saved in the application’s folder (such as tax files), Internet favorites, shortcuts, and much more.

Laplink offers a better option. PCmover Professional is the only software that can selectively move programs, files and settings from an old Windows PC to a new PC. It’s fast, easy, and powerful.

  • Simply install PCmover on both of the computers and follow the simple wizard to transfer everything desired to the new PC.
  • Users don’t need to know where the location of their files; PCmover knows and will find and transfer all files a user wants regardless of where they were saved.
  • PCmover transfers more than just data files. It also automatically transfers all selected programs and settings. And programs are transferred ready to use on the new PC so a user doesn’t need to reinstall them or find old CDs or license keys.
  • PCmover transfers using any home or business network (wired or wireless) or using a direct-connect (Laplink High Speed Transfer Cable.
  • Once a user completes the short wizard, they walk away and PCmover does the rest.
  • Laplink also provides free 24/7 transfer assistance from certified PC migration experts who will guide the user through the transfer over the phone or by remote control.

Laplink also offers PCmover Enterprise which leverages the PCmover technology to allows IT departments to easily set up and manage controlled PC deployment projects for one thousand to hundreds of thousands of PCs.

Organizations using PCmover Enterprise typically save over $300 per PC deployed by reducing deployment labor, post-migration support and help desk calls, as well as user down time – and end user satisfaction is higher.

If a user is certain they only want to copy data files, Laplink Sync is an easy and powerful solution that will transfer files between PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS devices utilizing a 3-step wizard. Files are transferred directly between devices to protect privacy (i.e., no copies exist in cloud storage). Laplink Sync can be used to transfer files or to keep files synchronized between devices.

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Laplink Announces Availability of Newest Version of PCmover Professional

The top-selling migration solution, optimized for Windows® 10, is still the easiest way to set up a new PC, and is needed now more than ever.

Laplink Software, Inc. released the newest version of PCmover Professional today, optimized for Windows 10 migrations, at http://www.laplink.com. Existing users can upgrade for free to the new version and the new software will soon be available at most software retailers.

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The latest release includes the following new features:

  • Transfer speeds up to 200% faster.
  • Seamless integration with OneDrive™.
  • Significant enhancements in application detection, compatibility, and migration.
  • Migration experience optimized for working with data stored on cloud providers including OneDrive and Dropbox®.
  • Improved handling of multiple user accounts including Microsoft Accounts (MSA).

“We have improved PCmover’s capabilities significantly, but we’re also able to present users with a simple wizard-based approach,” explained Thomas Koll, Laplink’s CEO. “Most users will be able to click and go – and leave the heavy lifting to PCmover. What they will experience will seem magical, as their new PC quickly is updated with all data, settings, and even applications transferred over ready to use.”

Windows 10 no longer includes a migration solution, so users need a solution to move their old PC’s data to their new PC. And while data transfer is critical, the transfer of applications is what sets PCmover Professional apart. With PCmover, users are saving time and money, since they do not need to repurchase old applications or search for old CDs, downloaded programs, license codes or serial numbers.

Many consumers, small businesses, and even service providers who relied on Windows Easy Transfer in the past need to switch to a new solution for migrating their files, settings, profiles, and applications. PCmover is the perfect solution for filling that gap.

“The removal of Windows Easy Transfer from Windows 10 means everyone needs PCmover,” stated Koll. “That’s why tech benches are licensing our software to deliver customized migration services in-store to new PC buyers. PCmover offers the best possible platform, allowing the delivery of cost-effective services that generates an immediate ROI to the provider.”

Like recent versions of PCmover, this latest release includes Laplink’s unique no-cost 24/7 transfer assistance to be sure that users have an easy migration experience.

“Our free transfer assistance is just that,” continued Koll. “It’s direct service with a certified migration expert who remotely guides a user through the entire transfer. Users appreciate it, giving it a satisfaction rating of around ninety-five percent. Keep in mind most users don’t move to a new PC often, so to have an expert guide is very reassuring for them.”

PCmover Professional, Laplink’s flagship migration solution, is available from Laplink.com, Amazon®, Best Buy®, Fry’s®, Micro Center®, Office Depot®, Office Max®, Staples®, and other major software retailers and PC manufacturers in North America, Europe, and Japan.

For over 30 years, Laplink has been the leader in consumer and enterprise software for Windows migration and refresh projects, disk imaging, file synchronization and more. The privately-held company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

For more information, please contact:

Laplink Software Public Relations
Shireen McCleary
press(at)laplink(dot)com
+1-425-952-6027

Read the press release 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.

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!

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.

Benefits:

  • 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