A New PC – Fear or Joy?

Laplink launches new “Free Transfer Assistance”

If you are like most people, you expect your personal computer will make you more efficient. It’s a tool to get more stuff done more quickly. And even as we use smartphones, tablets, or other computing devices, we still have significant reliance on our PCs.

Whether using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or other productivity-focused software; whether editing videos or pictures; or whether running various games or entertainment programs, we expect our PCs to be there for us.

However, the world of personal computing has become more complicated, growing to include home networks, hotspots and interacting with other PCs, tablets, and phones. As the PC and its environment become more complicated, the typical PC user is more likely to need professional help now and then.

Getting a new personal computer should be exciting and rewarding. For many, though, the thought of setting up a new computer creates much fear and uncertainty. Mike Hogan, an editor of the well-respected Barron’s Magazine, recently asked in context of replacing a PC: “How many programs, utilities and games under your Windows Start button would you like to reinstall? Have all the discs? How many of your programs are no longer published, or require new versions ‘improved’ by limiting your favorite features?”

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The TOP 10 Reasons to Use Laplink® PCmover® Enterprise

Often I am asked to name the top 10 reasons why our customers select PCmover Enterprise. Each organization has different requirements, which means not all these reasons are applicable to every situation. However, from many discussions and customer feedback, I have comprised this generalized list:

  1. PCmover copies applications from an old PC to a new PC and “installs” them automatically, even between different versions of Windows. This is actually not easy. No other product available offers this feature. Most competing solutions move data and settings only; or if they move applications, the usage scenario is very restricted (e.g., copying an image of the old PC to a virtual machine on the new PC).
  2. The Policy Manager in PCmover Enterprise allows the IT administrator to easily structure the migration of applications, data, and settings to the specific needs of the organization, department, or user group. Migration options for PCmover can be pre-defined in a policy file that allows the end-user or IT staff to execute the actual migration of applications, data, and settings while still being controlled by the administrator. The Policy Manager, unlike many IT tools, is easy to learn and requires no third-party consultants or programmers. An IT administrator can create a policy with minimal training, providing full control with flexibility to execute from a centralized location or to do so in a decentralized process. And PCmover will provide reports and notifications to supervisors. The result is “IT Managed migrations even for unmanaged PCs” which only PCmover can deliver.
  3. PCmover saves organizations a minimum of $300 dollars per desktop deployed or upgraded. In general, PCmover generates savings for any organization, from businesses to educational institutions to government agencies. In some extreme examples, we have customers claim that PCmover has saved them over $1500 in logistical costs per new PC deployed/ A migration could be performed locally in a remote location without sending IT personnel or shipping loaner PCs back and forth – all while allowing the IT administrator to remain in full control of the migration. Laplink has published several white papers on the subject. Continue reading

Upgrade to Windows 7 for Under $1

There are still a lot of people using XP, especially businesses. We wanted to make it less expensive and easier than ever to make the move. So right now, if you choose PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant for your “in-place” upgrades, you can get it for under $1 a license. Check out the offer here.

We are also hosting a webinar on August 10th that will talk all about this campaign and how you can make the move to Windows 7. Register for the webinar here.

Don’t put off the transfer to Windows 7 any longer, let us help you make the move now!

We have a WINNER!

We drew the winner of the contest yesterday and the winner is BECKY HORN! Check out her picture below, doesn’t she look excited? Becky wins the Famous laptop, a Targus leather laptop bag, PCmover Ultimate and several other Laplink products. Pretty great prize if I say so myself…

Becky Horn

Sorry to those of you that didn’t win… But don’t be too sad, we are working on getting more laptops from other partners to bring you more exciting contests and chances to win more stuff! Hey, here’s an idea, maybe you should post on your favorite PC manufacturers wall and tell them they should give us stuff to give away, it might just help!

Just because the contest is over doesn’t mean we want you to stop posting… So please, keep talking to us we love to hear from you!

Laplink Laptop Giveaway – Sweet new vid!

We just finished a sweet new video for PCmover®, you don’t want to miss this one, check it out below! The video was created by Jason Jantzen, check out his work here. To celebrate, we are offering each of you $10 off any version of PCmover! Versions include: Professional™, Home™, Netbook Edition™, Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant™ and Image Assistant™. Use coupon code VideoCelebration when you check out to get your discount! (Exp. Sunday, Nov. 7th at 11:59 pm PT) Enjoy everybody, have a happy weekend!


PS – Email me at: andy.tolton@laplink.com after you have used PCmover! I have a surprise in store for those of you that use it!

“File Storage Device” Migration

We got a great question the other day on twitter from @jethrosan and had to share it with you. He asked the following:

We sure do, it can be done with PCmover® using the “File Storage Device” migration option. So, if you are wanting to conduct an in-place upgrade of your existing PC to a CLEAN install of Windows® 7 here are the steps to complete this type of migration:

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A Nibble…

Some of you have heard that we are giving away a couple NEW Lenovo ThinkPad Edges. Well you heard right and the contest is running next month! Below is a small nibble, to last you the weekend, of what will be going on:

The laptop giveaway will be a raffle of sorts. First, you enter the raffle by liking us on Facebook  AND following us on Twitter (Get step one out of the way NOW by clicking the appropriate links in the sidebar –>) When the contest begins (Oct. 18th) you get entries or “tickets” in the raffle by mentioning the below words on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums, etc. Continue reading

Removing the Haze

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

SCENARIO #1

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

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