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. Buy it here.

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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. Buy it from Laplink here.

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 Professional was rated the number one migration software two years in a row by Top Ten Reviews!

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. Buy it at Laplink’s website here.

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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.”

Windows 10 Impact on IT Departments: Part II

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.

The complexity of PC migrations is growing, given the number of different Versions of Windows in play, differences between 32- and 64-bit architectures and the proliferation of new devices and form factors.

- Thomas U. Koll, Chairman and CEO, Laplink

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.

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.

According to an IDC study, the typical PC replacement scenario costs the average organization $527 per PC upgraded.

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.

Windows 10 Impact on IT Departments: Part I

Microsoft’s first glimpse of Windows 10 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, suggesting that it will be even more popular than Windows 7, which still commands a very large market share, particularly in enterprises.

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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.Microsoft has made it also very clear that a major focus of Windows 10 is the business users:

  • 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.

5 improvements in new Windows 10 OS

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

Here are 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:

1. Faster and more interactive command center

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

2. Work flow improvements

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

 3. Cross system compatibility 

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

4. Internet Explorer is replaced

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







5. It’s FREE!

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

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

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

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

PCmover as a Solution

Laplink’s PCmover software is the ideal solution for completing data transfers PC to PC, from a hard drive or image to a new PC, and for completing an in-place upgrade to a newer operating system. In this post, we will detail some common questions around PC data migration, and explain how using PCmover Professional as a solution is the best plan for your home or business’s PC deployment scenario.

Question 1: How important is user-friendliness in a solution like this?

  • PCmover is very user-friendly. The Pro version comes with an easy to follow setup wizard that guides users through the process of performing the migration. It allows all choices of what to transfer to the new PC (files, settings, user profiles, and even applications.)  It is built in a way so that even novice users can easily walk through the process of transferring their data from an older Windows PC to a new one.
  • Some users struggle with the PC to PC connectivity and get confused by networks, firewalls, etc. Laplink offers 24/7 Free Transfer Assistance with a trained professional technician who can help users through any questions they might have, and even remotely complete the migration.
  • Business, government or enterprise customers have different needs in a data migration. Laplink provides a fully customizable version – PCmover Enterprise – that allows IT admins to create a light or no touch migration. It can be executed by users or untrained technicians out of the box. The customization is very straightforward and no development skills are needed.

Question 2: How big will the impact of the Windows 10 upgrade be for businesses?

  • Win 10 will become the new OS of choice replacing Windows 7. Since many business customer did not want to deploy Windows 8/8.1, they have waited with refresh projects and I believe that the adoption curve will be much higher with Win10 than experienced before. Business might not wait for 12 months this time around. We are working with many enterprise which are ready to switch once Windows 10 is released.
  • There are a lot of business benefits for jumping to Windows 10 (read more here.)

Question 3: What are some of the stumbling blocks businesses face when dealing with PC to PC transfers, or other migration issues?

  • Business have refresh projects very much under control except for the transfer of data, settings, and applications from the old PCs to new ones. Often users are left alone to perform that task themselves, leading to a dramatic increase in the costs (often soft costs unseen from the IT department) for customizing the new PC. These costs come in the form of end-user downtime, help desk support calls, data loss, etc.
  • Automated scripts to move data are insufficient to do the job. In a recent study online, it was proven that many companies complained about data loss, since technicians did not know where all of the PC’s data was stored on the machine (beyond the document folder) and users often do not know themselves.
  • Manual migrations of data, settings, and applications take many hours; full scale migrations cannot be done without a proven automated tool like PCmover Enterprise.
  • Remote locations of personnel increases the costs of completing a PC to PC migration exponentially. We estimated the saving of using PCmover at a minimum of $300 per PC, but in remote locations it can be $1500 and more.
  • With users having more options to install applications for their particular job, IT departments often do not know the full inventory and disks, downloads, and passwords.
  • PCmover Enterprise is the proven and accepted tool for Enterprises, government organizations, and higher education organizations alike. They value saving time and money to refresh PCs, increasing user satisfaction and enabling large roll-out projects.

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.


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

Read the press release here.

Windows 10: the integrated OS for desktop and mobile users

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

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

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

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

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

A Solution to the Windows Upgrade Dilemma

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PCmover supports 2 core migration scenarios:

  1. PC to PC Migration
  2. In-place Upgrade

1. The Standard PC to PC Migration

The easiest way to enjoy the latest Windows release is to buy a new PC loaded with the new OS, and to use PCmover to migrate all of the applications, data, and settings to the new PC using a Laplink Ethernet or USB Transfer cable, a network connection, or external media (e.g., external USB hard drive).

An alternative way is to either create an image on an external hard drive (PCmover provides the necessary functionality to do that) or to take the existing hard drive out of the old PC and to connect the old hard drive (or the image) to the new PC, load PCmover, and all applications, data, and settings will be transferred to the new PC.

2. The In-Place Upgrade: Custom Install without Drive Formatting

All Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7/8/8.1 users who upgrade to Windows 10 will be required to perform a clean (custom) install. The user will likely be able to choose between re-formatting their hard drive and installing Windows 10 without a re-format.

For users who have no external device or do not want to take the extra step, and still want to upgrade their PC to Windows 10 without losing all of their data and settings (without having to re-install all their applications), PCmover offers an easy solution.

Simply install Windows 10 without re-formatting the hard drive (customer install), subsequently install and run PCmover which will automatically restore all the applications, data and settings from the Windows.old directory. This is the only method to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7 to Windows 10 without having to re-install all your applications and without having to back up all your data in advance.

Users might insist on a clean install or need to have a pre-defined image of Windows 10 installed. In this case PCmover (Business Edition only) can run PCmover on the source PC and move all applications, data and settings to external storage.  After the PC is reformatted and Windows 10 is installed, the user can then re-install PCmover, which will automatically restore the applications, data, and settings to the PC.

Depending on the size of the installed data, it is recommended to use an external or network hard drive rather than online storage, as bandwidth and speed limitations can throttle performance dramatically.