New Software Release: PCmover Profile Migrator

For over twenty years, I have been a proponent of what we now call “cloud computing.”

Back in the 90’s, the approach was more simple, but the need “for cultural transformation in large enterprises and for productivity in small business” (Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, 2018) existed back then as it does today.

Microsoft currently wants to transition customers into a “paradigm of people-centered” experiences. To achieve this end, Microsoft is taking an even bigger step: transitioning the standard Windows platform to a sophisticated cloud and desktop infrastructure, where Windows 10 is just one component, albeit the necessary starting point.

With the adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft offers a clear path to an integrated cloud-desktop infrastructure that goes far beyond Windows and Office. It integrates all components into a consistent experience where the user can take advantage of workflows enabled by rich and secure cloud based applications and utilities.

Migrating to the new world of “Microsoft 365 Business” starts with Windows 10, Office 365, OneDrive and the transition to Azure Active Directory (AAD) from the old Active Directory (AD).

In addition to this new ecosystem of Microsoft cloud computing products, it is also time to think about other transitions on the horizon as the end of support looms for Windows 7 and Office 2016 in 2020.

It is not surprising that changes as paramount as these create friction. To help, Microsoft is training and enabling thousands of service providers. They are also counting on numerous ISV’s who build on top of the new platform and provide tools for a smooth transition. But, the most fundamental domain change from AD to AAD has the potential to be very time-consuming and frustrating to IT service providers and end users.

That’s where Laplink comes in. For over 35 years, Laplink has been the leader in providing data transfer and migration software – and of course, we are doing the same for cloud computing transitions.

Laplink has been a trusted partner with Microsoft since the beginning of the PC era and Microsoft can again rely on powerful tools by Laplink to simplify the PC migration process. Based on our award-winning and market-leading migration platform, PCmover, Laplink developed an innovative solution to ease the migration from AD to AAD by taking an important pain point out of the process.

Laplink is pleased to announce PCmover Profile Migrator, which allows the easy and time-saving migration of installed applications, data, and settings between user profiles on the same PC. That means everything can be automatically transferred from the old AD user profile to the new AAD profile.

In fact, PCmover Profile Migrator allows for fast and easy migration between any user profiles – regardless of the associated domain or directory services. With PCmover, there’s no need to manually copy data, update settings, or reinstall user apps. It’s all automatic, allowing the user to quickly start working in the new AAD environment or other new domain.

For more information, including pricing, visit: www.laplink.com/ppm

Also, as a special introductory offer, Laplink is offering a 25% discount on PCmover Profile Migrator. At checkout, simply enter Coupon Code: 4DU-64D-RUQ

This limited time discount applies to single-use or multi-use licenses. Offer ends August 17, 2018.

Does “Deleted” Really Mean Deleted?

Laplink Software is a strong supporter of sustainability, especially when it comes to PCs. A great way to become more ecofriendly is to recycle old tech products when seeking to buy new equipment. A great way to do this is by reselling or donating used equipment. This helps reduce landfill waste and is an awesome way to make some extra cash to put towards the next tech purchase. However, reselling or recycling old technology can be dangerous if the old hard drive is not dealt with correctly. Personal information, bank details, and other sensitive information can be recovered using specialized software that is widely available to the public. Access to unwiped hard drives can significantly increase the risk of intellectual property theft, compromise data integrity, and leave businesses vulnerable to attack.

The website, “The Guardian,” conducted an investigative research study where they compiled 22,000 “deleted” files extracted from eight computers purchased from an auction site on eBay. These computer hard drives were incorrectly wiped and resulted in thousands of personal files left behind at anyone’s disposal. This study ultimately confirmed normal deletion is insufficient to destroy all data. Even more disturbing, The Guardian warned, “The eight PCs contained more valuable personal information than ever as people increasingly shop online, use social networking sites, and take digital photos. Such information could bring identify thieves a hefty payday,” said Sarah Kinder. Regular deletion methods aren’t as successful because of the way PCs hard drives store information. Index files on the PC hard drive store data, updates, and listings of where files are stored on the physical hard drive. When a file is “deleted” on the system, the index on the hard drive is removed but the actual file containing the data remains on the hard drive.

Clearly the threat of incorrectly wiping a hard drive before removal of service is essential for people and businesses alike. Luckily, Laplink Software has introduced a state of the art data erasing software called SafeErase®. SafeErase® is the fastest and most secure way to permanently delete sensitive information. The software uses a series of US Department of Defense (DoD) and the German Federal Office of Information Security (BSI) recommended deletion methods, ensuring a complete wipe of any and all personal data so it is unrecoverable. SafeErase® uses 6 grades of data deletion and offers a series of 35 different deletion cycles executed in random order. The data is also overwritten with zeros to ensure the fastest deletion times. All data, programs, settings, profiles, email archives, etc. on the hard drive will be gone forever. SafeErase® ensures restoration of the hard drive is impossible after the software has been used.

However, if the data intended to be erased from the old PC is also data that needs to preserved and transferred to the new PC, Laplink Software has created PCmover® to alleviate this problem. Laplink Software offers a bundle packaged, PCmover Ultimate®, which includes both PCmover® and SafeErase®. This package allows for safe hard drive deletion from the old PC and a successful data transfer to the new PC, leaving nothing behind on both ends. PCmover Ultimate® and SafeErase® are available at Laplink.com and Amazon.com.

Laplink Software strongly encourages the recycling and reselling of old technology and wants to make the process as safe as possible. Be sustainable and protect your business, family, and personal data with SafeErase® or PCmover Ultimate®. Don’t just delete data, annihilate it! Bringing peace of mind and allowing for the betterment of our environment.

35 Years Later

Sometimes it is hard to remember the beginning of computing. Today technology is an integral part of our lives, and the mobile cloud, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the internet of things are all around us. Discussions about autonomous driving and even autonomous flying show high confidence that we can achieve these goals within five years. Tremendous technological progress has been made overall. Nothing was more impressive to me than the swarm of drones that Intel displayed in the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, a combination of a lot of new technology.

35 years ago as Laplink began, we also witnessed the birth of the first mobile computer: the Radio Shack M 100. The M 100 had some innovative qualities that have survived the progress of time: mobile size (laptop), LCD screen and basic computing functions.

Laplink Software was a pioneer in the early days of computing. Then called “Traveling Software,” the company built the first products for the M 100: T-DOS, Travelling Appointment Manager, Expense Manager and T-Word, the word processor that could change its font size. In the years following, groundbreaking software was created to “sync” the Sharp handheld and consequently Apple’s Newton handheld. With the emergence of the PC, Traveling Software shifted its focus to the PC and hit a home run. Launching “LapLink”, the company revolutionized direct peer-to peer communication between two PCs over a patented direct-connect cable. It was the first ad-hoc network and the go-to product for all IT professionals.

Today we take connectivity for granted and easily move files among networks and the cloud. However, everyday computing still presents challenges in some areas. Laplink saw the need for PC migration software to transfer applications, files, and settings from an old PC to a new PC. Creating the innovative PCmover software, Laplink again pioneered a whole new category. With the PCmover family of products, Laplink is the world market leader and continues to innovate to make it easier for every user to manage their PCs.

Laplink is proud to help consumers, small businesses, public institutions and the largest enterprises effectively “move” into a new PC. We are grateful to our customers around the world who trust us and we are not stopping now. New generations of software are needed to manage the transition to the cloud and manage your devices no matter where they are. Competition and innovation are constant drivers to work on new products and new services. The large Tech Giants dominate the news and announce record earnings, but sometimes the small, nimble and agile companies make the difference. Laplink has done so for 35 years!

Please be sure to come visit our party on Tuesday, May 15, at www.laplink.com. We will have free presents and special offers to celebrate our 35th anniversary!

Laplink and Intel® partner to create a new version of PCmover

I hear the same story frequently from different friends and colleagues. Every time someone asks me what Laplink does and I tell them about PCmover, the answer is often, “I wish that I would have known about PCmover before I set up my new PC! It took me days to get it configured manually.” Not surprisingly, studies from Microsoft and Intel come to the same conclusion: Users dread buying a new PC or even postpone the purchase because they fear the pain of setting up the new PC. Re-installing all the applications, transferring the data and redoing the settings are all tedious and time-consuming. Although a user’s PC may be dated and significantly better hardware is available on the market, the user probably has their current PC set up exactly how they like it. Their PC is not the fastest and doesn’t have all the new features, but the user knows how it works.

Laplink has partnered with Microsoft, Intel and the major PC manufacturers for many years, but the cooperation has been mostly limited to sales and marketing. The exception is Intel, with whom we have shared years of technology cooperation and co-development on several projects. Although Intel is not selling directly to end users, they are highly motivated to build components that benefit consumers. They want to ensure that software is optimized with the Intel hardware to take advantage of the innovation that Intel is creating.

Last year, Intel contacted us and announced they were committed to helping make the transition to a new PC easier for users. Central to the theme was how users are “migrating” or transferring their data, settings and even applications to the new PC. After in-depth research of the process, Intel initiated a new discussion with us. Their team had a very clear message: (1) PCmover is the best product in the market to address this issue; and (2) Reviews show that PCmover struggles to deal with environmental issues like PC networking and application compatibility that lie outside Laplink’s control.  Together we identified a number of reasons why the non-expert user has difficulty with these issues when using PCmover. We decided it would be best to re-do the interaction of the user between our product and the outside factors, namely the user interface.

The project was parsed into five parts: (1) Current user behavior; (2) New UI design; (3) Development; (4) Testing and feedback; and (5) Optimization. The tech team battled optimization and worked to make the transfer faster and more reliable with the latest generation of processors. Simultaneously, the user experience and marketing teams completed a prolonged analysis, evaluated many iterations of a new UI approach, monitored user testing, and finally provided new specifications to development. After an intense six months with long hours the new version of PCmover was ready.

Software development has drastically changed over the years. I remember well the early days of PC computing. A new version was released, burned onto a floppy disc, bundled with a user guide and off it went to printing and distribution. Today, the release has to be accompanied with not only a new user guide, but new web pages, new setup for e-commerce, complex product and serial number schemas, continued user testing, and deployment of updates.

Innovating PCmover continues even beyond the new release. Working with Intel and their worldwide teams, we wanted to make the software available to more retailers in more countries than ever before. We added new languages like Indonesian, Thai, Turkish, and Polish, thereby making PCmover available in nearly twenty different languages.

Working with Intel has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful to all the contributors who helped to make the product better. Getting feedback from our customers, partners, and resellers gives us the opportunity to drive innovation every day. This process does not stop, as we work to continually provide better service and products for our customers.

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PCmover Saves Days of PC Setup

The other day I got some feedback about PCmover from David in Arizona that I wanted to share with everyone. It’s so great to hear from our customers and learn from them.

“I have been using PCmover for about 10 years. Migrating many systems from XP to Vista to Win 7 to Win 10. It always makes my work much less and as you learn how to use PCmover effectively it’s even more reliable.

I just used a copy of PCmover last week. After installing Windows 10 on the new computer I decided to set all my settings manually rather than transfer them. After my customization was done on the new PC I loaded PCmover on both machines Source and Target and used a [Laplink] USB cable (2.0) to do the transfer…I deselected moving my movies and music files as I restored those using an external drive I use for archiving. So I was basically transferring all my PROGRAMS (Over 100) and other files.

A little over an hour later DONE!!!!

I checked all the files and all the PROGRAMS….ALL of my files and PROGRAMS had been transferred and only one or two required to be reactivated.

That would have taken me at least a week to do working all day long.  Pretty good value for money…

The thing is…PCmover really is an awesome product. I hate it when I see people in review forums say it doesn’t work…I’ve been using PCmover for a long time and can definitely attest to it working and working very well. ”

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Imaging vs. Backup: Which to Use?

If you are confused about whether to choose disk imaging or backup software, you need to first understand the differences between the two. One question that comes up is if the terms “imaging” and “backup” are interchangeable. Well, they are not.

Although these terms are sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably, the two types of software actually differ significantly. Backup software copies just your data, while disk imaging software makes a full, exact copy of your entire hard drive.  Thus, with imaging software, you get a perfect mirror of the PC. Certain software programs do include both functions, such as Laplink Software’s DiskImage.

Importance of Imaging

If you only have a backup of your data and you need to format your PC, you will have to reinstall your operating system and all your software. In addition, you will also need to restore the backup data on the hard disk and individually reset all your preferences.  Thus, solely backing up data is not sufficient if you want to easily keep the same personalization of your PC. To accomplish this, use imaging software to restore the exact copy of your hard drive to your PC, and your PC will be the same as it was previously.

Imaging can also be convenient if you want to upgrade the hardware. Restore the image of your old disk onto your new computer, and your new PC will then have the same setup as your old PC. If you chose to instead back up your PC and reinstall the software, it would take you much more time and effort because you would need to restore each part one by one.

Third, if you image your hard drive regularly, then in case of any system failure you will be able to easily restore your PC to the point before the failure. You can schedule the imaging process with the help of imaging software. Imaging routinely has two advantages – you don’t lose any data, and neither do you need to reinstall your system.

Importance of Backup

Creating a backup of your PC also has some benefits. For starters, when you upgrade your computer’s operating system, taking a precautionary backup of your data is a good option.

Also, if you frequently revise files and create new files on your PC, taking a backup of the data at regular intervals is more important than creating a new image each time. This way, you can take a backup of only the files that have changed since the last backup, which will take less time and use less storage space than imaging each time.

Therefore, it is up to you to decide if you want to use imaging or backup software. If you want to avoid reinstalling your programs, use imaging. If you want to copy data and keep it safely, creating a backup is the best option.

For the most versatility, select software with combined imaging and backup functionality, such as Laplink DiskImage.  With DiskImage, you can choose which functionality to use based on your specific needs in each situation.

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SafeErase: Its Critical Importance

When it comes to computer data and security, erasing data permanently is not as simple as you might think. In the past, you may have placed unwanted files in the recycle bin and emptied the bin, thinking you removed the files completely. However, only the directory entry of each file is actually removed. The data remains on the hard disk and can be easily retrieved. If you format the partitions or opt for formatting through BIOS, a part of the data remains, and it can still be recovered, although one would need to work a bit harder to do so.

Considering all the problems associated with data theft and security, you need advanced software, such as Laplink SafeErase, to delete the data permanently. Laplink SafeErase, as the name suggests, deletes the data completely from your hard disk, making it unrecoverable for any misuse. Now that you understand SafeErase’s importance, let’s have a look at specific situations when SafeErase should be used.

#1: Recycling Hardware: Security Against Identity Theft

If you are planning to recycle or sell your old PC, you need to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and your data. If you only format your hard disk, sensitive documents may remain on your PC, leaving you at risk of identity theft. A tech-savvy individual can easily extract the information from your hard disk and use it against you or your organization. However, if you use Laplink SafeErase to securely delete all your data, your sensitive information will be unrecoverable. SafeErase’s government recommended deletion methods provide you with complete privacy protection.

#2: Ongoing Data Deletions

If you are planning to use your hard disk in a different computer, or you want to format it to make the performance more optimized, then you need to use SafeErase. With the help of SafeErase, you can permanently delete data you don’t want on your PC.

You should also use SafeErase for regular deletions of unwanted data, such as email archives, Internet browser data, and financial information. In the past, you may have deleted such files using the recycle bin, but now securely delete files so they are gone forever.

Now that you know why and when to use SafeErase from Laplink Software, it is time to start using the software. However, before securely deleting data, make a copy of any important files so that you don’t lose them. Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us!

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Windows 10 Impact on IT departments and how to eliminate costly migration issues for Enterprises

The Windows 10 feature set suggests many areas which may impact IT departments in the future. A recent survey found that 80% of large enterprises and 71% of businesses plan to migrate to the new OS in the next 18 months after release, suggesting that it will be even more popular than Windows 7, which still commands a very large market share, particularly in enterprises. This was probably too optimistic, but the vast majority of organization are preparing their migration.
Microsoft has made it also very clear that a major focus of Windows 10 is the business users:
•   Better usability via new, advanced Start Menu, better windows and desktop management (e.g. task viewer), seamless integration (windowing) of new “metro” apps, and so on.
•   Better/faster/more secure browsing experience (Edge)
•   Cross device familiarity and universal apps – this is very important for larger organizations. The ability to run and manage different form-factors with the same OS will accelerate mobile adoption in enterprise
•   Enterprise apps can be built “once” and deployed (optimized) for all devices (although it is not that easy) – all supported via a central, unified App Store.
•   Extended Mobile management
•   Voice Recognition – Smart Assistance: Cortana can be a change agent of how consumer interact with the desktop PC. Voice recognitions and machine learning will enable new and innovative scenarios
•   Lowering Cost of ownership
•   Security improvements / Support of two factor authentication
Windows 10 promises to deliver advanced security and management capabilities along with ongoing innovation and security updates for businesses of all sizes. These new capabilities will deliver a host of benefits to organizations, enabling them to make key enhancements across their IT landscape and maximize ROI.

The Impact on Migration
Windows 10 will be the next big migration for IT teams to undertake, and they need to adapt to this reality if they are to continue delivering a positive and consistent user experience across the corporation. There are a number of key issues to consider, such as:
•   The still existing base of machines running Windows XP (NT/Vista), adding to the complexity of deployed Windows 7 and 8/8.1 PCs.
•   More migrations will occur simultaneously, including software, applications and devices. This means less time for IT teams to prepare and test new upgrades, likely resulting in issues following the deployment.
•   Technical scenarios are these days are far more complex, with greater connectivity and interdependencies across systems and key applications.
•   Scenarios are now more complex largely because of a multitude of devices and new form factors. Many new devices are running operating systems like Android and Apple iOS, thus adding to the complexity.
With so many migrations now taking place in increasingly complex environments, desktop or end-user oriented IT teams run the risk of underestimating the time, complexity and overall project management involved. Further, the impact of post migration help-desk support must also be understood and accounted for.
The end result is that it is more difficult than ever to deliver effective management of policies and user privileges, while providing a positive user experience.

Understanding the Cost Issues
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.
The Market for PC Migration Solutions
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.
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.”
Laplink developed a simple view into the Enterprise Value Quadrant. The costs associated with the migration are rules by two factors: the way PCs are managed, and the physical location of the PCs. If PCs are managed solely by the IT department, users do not have admin rights, data and settings are stored on servers, and the PCs are centralized within one location, then the benefit from PCmover tends to be minimal. However, if the PCs are managed by the users and are decentralized, the benefit from PCmover is the highest.
Experience indicates, there is no large organization that will fit into any of these quadrants solely, but rather will have different departments or groups that are scattered over this matrix. It can be assumed that PCmover might not be the tool for every PC, but it is the tool for every organization. It is the perfect tool for a managed migration of un-managed desktops.

An Effective Enterprise Solution
Laplink 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. This including user accounts, applications’ environments, applications’ add-ons, background pictures, favorites, and more.
PCmover Enterprise is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows to migrate to the newest version of Windows, including Windows 10. All 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 Administrator 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 may be better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to minimize 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 PC 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® Enterprise will help make the process streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient.

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.