“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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Hard Drive Hero

Laplink has solved another major problem that technology advancements have created, it goes by the name of PCmover Image Assistant, and we just released it. To date disk imaging software has fallen short. As technology has advanced, more operating systems (Including Windows 7) have arrived. When Windows 7 was released and integrated into nearly every new PC on the market, everyone’s old disk images were rendered useless. This is because if you use imaging software to restore say an XP image to a Windows 7 PC, the software will overwrite your new OS with the old one making your purchase a complete waste of money (Who wants to explain that to their spouse?…). Not to mention, you have now lost all of your programs, files and settings on the new PC. PCmover Image Assistant solves this dilemma and will calm the worries of many PC users. Continue reading

Laplink partnership with Enterprise Integration – Interview with COO Tracey Brown

Laplink Software, Inc. and Enterprise Integration, Inc. today officially announced a partnership to provide Windows 7 upgrade services to enterprise clients throughout North America. We sat down with Tracey Brown, Enterprise Integration’s Chief Operations Officer, to find out a little more about the obstacles his clients face everyday and what computing trends he sees in the future.picture_bio_tracybrown_lg

What is the background of Enterprise Integration [EI]?

“EI has a rich background from both a technology delivery and a technology training perspective. As a company we thrive on the “Raving Fan” brand of service where going above and beyond for our customers is first and foremost in our action and intent.  We started off as a small business with a very big client and were able to leverage lessons learned, create a solid vision and execute to share that knowledge across a much larger base of mid-sized clients.  We are a managed service provider for all of IT Operations, from Service Desk to Operations Architecture Strategy.  We are Gold Microsoft Partner, Platinum Citrix, Advanced Cisco, VM Ware Enterprise, Riverbed and Net App.” Continue reading

PCmover Image Assistant – Interview with CTO

Laplink CTO, Jack WilsonWe sat down with our Chief Technology Officer Jack Wilson and asked him what he thought were some of the most import features of the new and upcoming PCmover Image Assistant. Here’s what he said:

“Many times in the past people have contacted us saying that their computer died but they have an image of the hard drive – and how can the image be restored to a new PC.

“Often, this can’t be done easily. Even when the imaging software supports a “hardware independent” restore there can be problems. Sometimes it is because the computer is different or the image expects the hard drive to have the same format, partitions or size.  PCmover Image Assistant will give you complete independence by allowing the PC user to take a disk image (or even the actual hard drive itself) from any computer and restore it to any new computer, regardless of the hardware or the operating system on the new machine.” Continue reading

Comparison Series – PCmover vs. Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool

PCmove VS.

Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool

Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT) tool provides large organization a way to transfer data from one PC to another. USMT is a command line driven utility that is used for a larger deployments in corporate settings and can work on most version of Windows but requires extensive development for older versions.

USMT utilizes a two step process (load state and scan state) to capture and transfer user accounts, settings, and data to a “destination” PC. Most importantly, it does not transfer applications. This can have a major impact in regards to end-user downtime, helpdesk support activity, and other costs for PCs with non-standard software (media replacement costs).

The User State Migration Tool also requires XML expertise on an ongoing basis, and possibly software development resources in order to create a user interface, configure application settings for migration, and migrate non-standard configurations on a user’s desktop. This can drastically increase the cost of deployment services, upgrade services, and other support related services.

PCmover Enterprise can also be used to deploy “user templates” or “images” stored as an archive file (done using a file-based migration method on a reference PC). Since PCmover is hardware and OS neutral, updates to the core image will not require updates to the PCmover migration “templates” or “images”, enabling PCmover to streamline the imaging maintenance component. “Templates” may contain a single application and no data, multiple applications, or a pre-set grouping of data and applications specific to the user or role. Continue reading

Comparison Series – PCmover vs. Windows Easy Transfer

We get tons of questions about how PCmover compares to other utilities out there and so we are starting a comparison series. The first in the series is PCmover vs. Windows Easy Transfer.

PCmove VS. Windows Easy Transfer

In comparison to PCmover Professional, Windows Easy Transfer (WET) provides an incomplete migration experience and does not transfer everything you need from your old PC.

WET is a migration utility that can be downloaded for XP and is available on Vista and Windows 7. With this tool, users can move limited types of files and settings stored on their computers. It provides an incomplete migration experience as it can only transfer certain Windows settings and data files.

PCmover is a complete and precise migration utility. It allows users to move entire applications, documents, settings, user profiles and folders. Through a step-by-step easy to use migration wizard, PCmover will automatically move your entire “PC personality” from one computer to another. PCmover will not affect the source computer and will only copy what the user wants from the source PC. If you forget to move something over, go back and undo the migration and bring over everything you want. Continue reading

Top Problem With Windows 7 – Upgrading

IYogi, one of the largest on-demand technical support providers says that the number one complaint they receive relates to upgrading and deploying the new Windows 7 operating system.

“Most of the problems that customers have with Windows 7 have to do with installation, or application and data migration,” said Vishal Dhar, co-founder of iYogi told CNN. “These are all fixable problems, but they’re annoyances and they’re time consuming.”

Maybe the reason he’s so confident IYogi can fix those issues are because they use PCmover for online migration services. IYogi offers vary levels of migrations service including a free service. Check it out here. Their top level of service offers a full PCmover powered migration which includes transfer of files, settings, and applications.

Top 7 Windows 7 Complaints

Problems with installation

31%

Missing applets of components

26%

Aero theme is not running

14%

DVD drive not found

8%

Hidden extensions

6%

Too many minidumps

6%

Aero snap problems

3%

For the most part though, Windows 7 has received far less criticism than previous operating systems and sales of the new operating system have been brisk thus far.

Laplink Partner Program

Microsoft created a giant migraine headache for consumers when they decided not to offer a direct upgrade path from just about every operating system they sell (check it out). What do people do when they have questions? What do they do when they can’t figure out how to upgrade their system without losing all the information they have on their old PC? Microsoft’s answer comes in the form of a note that accompanies their boxed copies of Windows 7 (seen here).Upgrade From XP to Windows 7

Option A) You will need to find an external storage device and all your installation discs for any software you want on the new PC. Then run the Windows Upgrade advisor to see what will run on the new PC and what won’t. After that save all your files to and settings to an external storage device using the Windows Easy Transfer program. Microsoft then advises you to reinstall all your applications on the new PC. Finally, you will need to do a custom installation of Windows 7. Needless to say, a lot of work!

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