A solution to the Windows upgrade dilemma

upgrade paths

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.

“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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Disk Imaging Technology Timeline

Remember when making a back-up of your data meant calling in a scribe and dictating for hours to the rhythm of a quillquill scratching on parchment? Well. Maybe not. But imaging technology has come a long way since the dark ages of quill8-bit graphics and floppy disks. Evolving since the early 90s, disk imaging technology has made three prominent leaps of progress over the last two decades, resulting in the imaging software we’re familiar with today.

Join us now, won’t you, for a journey along the Disk Imaging Technology Timeline:

511076668_b651d4e444_tEarly to mid 90s: Disk imaging and cloning technology becomes readily available to consumers, but is fairly limited in function. Users may use software to create an image of their PC, but that image is tied to the computer – images can only be restored to the same PC. The process requires a large number of floppy disks; tempers flare. Continue reading

PCsync Q&A with Laplink’s CTO

Q&A with Laplink’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jack Wilson:Laplink CTO, Jack Wilson

What’s new with PCsync 6?

Of course the biggest change in PCsync is the ability to connect, transfer, and synchronize files with a Mac.  However there have also been many changes to PCsync to allow it to work faster and better than ever before between PCs.

What goes into the development of a product like PCsync?

What’s a typical day like in software development?  One of the biggest challenges in developing a software product like PCsync is ensuring the compatibility across the many different connection types (network, USB, and local devices), and the many combination of operating systems. For example, there are 6 versions of Windows 7, plus 32 bit and 64 bit versions. A lot of time was spent determining how best to communicate between the Mac file system and the PC. Modifying PCsync so the USB cables also worked on a Mac was also a challenge.  Not too many people realize the amount of testing involved in all that.

Who should buy PCsync?

Since PCsync can be used as both a file transfer and a synchronization product, anyone who is challenged by trying to connect and transfer files between PCs will love PCsync.  More and more users are confronted by this as having multiple PCs in the office or household is becoming more common.

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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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The Solution for “Tricky” Windows 7 Upgrades

As some of you might know, PCmover is the world’s top selling migration program.Upgrade to Windows 7

With the launch of windows 7, a lot of XP users will need a way to move all of their programs, files and settings over to the new OS. PCmover addresses all of the 66 Windows upgrade scenarios and more as outlined by Microsoft. PCmover also performs an “in-place” upgrade if you choose to stay on the same computer while updating to Windows 7.

There are several cool features that you will not find with any other programs. PCmover takes all of your contacts and files from your XP mail clients to Windows 7. It also makes moving from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit so easy that it may seem like magic. The simple wizard allows you, with a few clicks, to move everything you need over to your new computer and even comes with an undo button to quickly reverse the entire migration should you need to. With 100 million users forecasted to move to Windows 7 within the next few years PCmover is the most convenient way of making this chore a breeze.