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.

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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.

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.

Upgrade to Windows 10: Reasons and Considerations

Windows 10 is releasing today, and so I have listed my top 5 reasons for consumers and businesses to upgrade.

Top 5 Key Reasons for Consumer
1. Windows 10 is free for genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 users
2. Windows 10 will return to the more familiar and popular Win7 UI (User Interface) elements combined with improvements of Win 8/8.1 and the use of so-called “Apps”
3. Familiar experiences across multiple devices (Phone, Tablet, PC, Xbox)
4. Cortana can be a change agent of how user interact with a PC
5. Integrated experience with OneDrive and Cloud overall

Issues to be aware of
No “Windows Easy Transfer”
Not all Win 7 / 8 / 8.1 users can easily upgrade (particularly users running 32-bit systems)
After the Windows 10 Upgrade there is no restore facility / go-back
No Media Center Edition (plus no codecs to play DVDs)
Anti-Virus Software “Handling”
Problem of “Constant updates” not going away

Top 5 Key Reasons for Businesses
Windows 10 will return to the more familiar and popular Win7 UI (User Interface) elements combined with improvements of Win 8/8.1 and the use of so-called “Apps”
Familiarity across devices and universal apps
Mobile Management and enhanced security
Cortana can be a change agent of how users interact with the desktop PC
Cost of ownership

Issues to be aware of
No “Windows Easy Transfer”
Constant updates
Integrated experience with OneDrive

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!

Data security made easy!

Regardless of whether at home or at work: The safety of digital data is often overlooked by many users these days, on the basis that “nothing ever happens to me”. Unfortunately, it can and often does! Many users think a backup or system image is too complex and takes too long – so they don’t bother.

Data security was never this easy!

We have directly addressed this problem and integrated into our software, Laplink DiskImage, that guides a user step by step through the creation of an automatic data backup. This significantly easier to use backup functionality enables even novice users to create a reliable and fast backup of their data immediately. With Laplink DiskImage, you can make a copy of your data, applications and your operating system and restore it when required as if nothing had ever happened.

Further new features:

  • Direct creation of virtual disks: from the program itself, you can now create virtual disks. No need for an external program or extra process. This function further strengthens our compatibility with virtual environments which are becoming ever more popular.
  • Task scheduling / planning now has a new assistant to make organizing your data security even simpler. You can, for instance, have an image or backup created through triggers, such as when you first log-in.
  • Plug-and-Play functions: triggers jobs automatically through the simple attachment of a USB or similar to your machine.

The most reliable way to protect yourself against data loss is if you make regular backups of your data and the operating system and store it on an external storage medium. You effectively create a safe which you can access but no one else. When backing up your PC, Laplink DiskImage saves both personal files as well as drive information and individual settings. This not only protects irreplaceable files, such as family photos, vacation videos and office documents, but you also save yourself in the event of a crash the lengthy set up and reinstall of all the programs and the Windows operating system.

Recycle or Resell your old PC safely

With Microsoft announcing the release of Windows 10 on July 29th, with a range of new devices available to consumers, the question to ask yourself is: What will you do with your old PC? Sell it? Throw it away? Did you know that when you delete data under Windows, it is not truly “deleted”? That it is in fact still there and very easy to recover?

Fact 1: Deleting files or documents “normally” on a Windows operating system simply moves those files to the recycle bin to start with. These files only disappear from view when the recycle bin is full or the user proactively empties it.
Fact 2: In truth the files are still on the computer drive – only the references to them in the file system index have actually been removed. As a result the files you think are deleted are actually still on the disk or drive and can easily be recovered with the best file recovery software, such as Laplink SafeErase.

Fact 3: Even formatting a hard disk is not enough to securely delete confidential data!

What should I do?

Solution: You must delete your hard disks and SSDs permanently with Laplink SafeErase before you sell or pass them on! It is the only way you can protect your privacy and prevent identity theft!