PCmover tackles headaches caused by Windows 7 EOS

It’s time now. In less than 10 months Microsoft® will officially end support of Windows 7®. Unlike with previous operating systems, Microsoft has offered customers the continuation of security updates for a period of time as part of a Windows subscription. The price will be $25-50 dollars per PC going up to $100 to $200 in year 3.

Unless organizations have vital applications that will not run on Windows 10, most will decide to refresh their PCs with Windows 10. Some will use existing hardware but given the typical PC replacement cycle, most will move to new hardware.

Microsoft is rapidly moving their products to the cloud and connecting their traditional Office applications with new cloud-based applications, which should make us more productive and enable a new way to work. OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint and other Microsoft products create additional opportunities to share, communicate and collaborate.

Another step forward is the introduction of Azure Active Directory. Directory services were always local and organizations had challenges to always map their new organization structures (new acquisitions, organization changes, subsidiaries and sister companies) in the local Active Directory. Moving to Azure Active Directory allows IT departments to manage all of this in the cloud and harmonize both the user and organizational structures.

We at Laplink are committed to making your PC migration projects more efficient, enabling an easier process when PC lease cycles end, mitigating end user downtime during break/fix scenarios, and most of all, saving you time and money. PCmover Enterprise has quickly become the leading product for PC refreshes in large F1000 companies, mid-market organizations, government and education. The ROI is immediate, substantial and visible. Our sales teams have shared with me many customers’ feedback that have proven we continue to achieve our commitments. A large retail customer said, “With PCmover we save 5 hours per desktop”; a large service company said, “We are saving $100,000 per year in help desk support”; and a global professional and financial services firm described how PCmover Enterprise enabled them to move over 175,000 PCs to Windows 10, which was more efficient and cost effective than Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT).

Depending on your scenario, whether you need to move the complete PC personality including applications, data and settings to a new PC or clean/repair/upgrade an existing PC, PCmover Enterprise gives IT teams the power to configure the product according to their policies and goals. CIOs are even using PCmover Enterprise to configure a near zero-touch & fully automated transfer that is executed by the user and runs in the background.

Moving to Azure Active Directory creates some headaches when transferring a local Active Directory profile to the new AAD profile. Laplink has been working very closely with Microsoft to help overcome this issue by creating a new feature of PCmover Enterprise called PCmover Profile Migrator. Now what was previously completed manually is automated with PCmover Profile Migrator, saving IT teams hours of manual profile creation.

You can receive a free, fully functional evaluation copy of PCmover Enterprise here or just reply to this email. Whether you are moving off of Windows 7 or need to increase new PC deployments, PCmover is the solution!

 

Regards,

 

 

 

Thomas Koll – CEO
Laplink Software, Inc.
tk@laplink.com

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Reaches Milestone

Microsoft’s Windows 10 reaches its milestone. It only took 10 weeks for Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, to get installed on 110 million devices (source).

Windows’ boss, Terry Meyerson, revealed the following:

  • Users have asked 1 billion questions to Windows 10’s new Siri-like digital assistant, Cortana
  • Users have visited the Windows 10 app store 1 billion times
  • Facebook is developing new Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger dedicated apps for Windows 10.

What does this mean for home PC users and small businesses with old Windows operating systems on their PCs? They need to upgrade their operating system and/or hardware to the newest system in case they get left behind on old technology.

This “keep up with the technology” trend seems to be the new norm among software giants. Take for example Apple’s iOS software. Apple continues to offer updates on their mobile devices. Despite the hardware being only a year or so old, the newest operating system available now runs slower and worst of all, doesn’t feature the full range of capabilities one would experience by purchasing and upgrading to the newest hardware and software.

This is the new norm. To make this process of upgrading to Windows 10 a stress-free experience for users moving their stuff from an old PC to a newer one (or the new OS) Laplink offers PCmover Professional software.

This software is designed to work with any older version of Windows operating systems, including XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1. By installing PCmover on an old Windows PC, users can follow an easy, step-by-step “wizard” interface that guides them through selecting the many files, thousands of personalized PC settings, user profiles, and even the applications (programs) installed on your PC that you want to move over to your new Windows 10 PC. Rather than manually searching through a massive PC directory, and dragging and dropping photo, music, and video folders–PCmover searches and finds those files immediately, and moves them over to your new PC over a network or high-speed transfer cable.

The best part about PCmover Professional software is that it moves your applications–like the Microsoft Office Suite. Imagine tracking down your old serial numbers, installation CDs (if your new computer even has a CD-rom slot), or searching and downloading applications from the Internet all over again. It’d take you hours! And the savings you experience by transferring those already purchased applications to your new PC is considerable: you don’t have to re-purchase those apps!

PCmover also works to migrate everything important that is on your PC to your new operating system if all you are doing is an in-place upgrade (i.e. updating your operating system without replacing the actual computer you are using.) The best way to understand how PCmover software makes this process simple for you is by watching this video we made. 

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If you’re interested in PCmover Professional, you can buy a copy from Laplink here.

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. 

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.