The Recommended Windows 7 EOS Migration Solution

Windows 7 EOS (End of Support) is January 14, 2020. What's you plan for when Microsoft stops security updates, bug fixes, and support altogether?

PCmover: the Recommended Windows 7 EOS Migration Solution

Are you ready for Windows 7 EOS?

The End of Support (EOS) of Microsoft’s Window 7 is quickly approaching. Starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer release security updates or bug fixes, discontinuing support altogether. Earlier this month, Laplink CEO Thomas Koll shared his thoughts on the upcoming Windows 7 EOS, and the value of a solution like PCmover. Do you have a plan?

Migration Hesitation

Ending support of the 2nd-most used OS is significant, as it will impact the 485 million PCs still running Windows 7. This is leaving organizations with an immense migration effort on their hands. Some organizations have already started the migration process, but there are still many who find themselves procrastinating their move. This can be due to the lack of a clear solution, a lack of IT manpower, or any number of other questions & pain points.

That’s where PCmover comes in.

Migration Pain Points & FAQs

What happens with the user’s data?

Perhaps the most common concern when migrating is ensuring you have moved everything. Do you know the location of every file needing to be transferred? What if you miss a critical file? Additionally, do you have a clear sense of how much data, business critical or not, needs to be moved per user profile? The simplicity of PCmover is a huge benefit because it will make a complete analysis of the PC and find all necessary files, as well as files in hidden folders.

What’s the scope of my migration project?

On top of the migration itself, migration setup can be a challenge. Every PC is different, with varying sizes, types, and locations of data. PCmover helps with all of this. You can transfer everything just to be safe, or choose certain apps, folders, or file types. You’ll have a clear sense of what you’re transferring, and how much space you’ll need on the other side.

Are my apps compatible with Windows 10?

Do you have a smart enough tool to decide compatibility on the fly? PCmover can select certain apps, or blacklist others to ensure compatibility with Windows 10.

How can I minimize migration downtime?

There’s not only the impact on IT staff to handle the migration effort. Each minute a user is without their PC is downtime eating into the bottom line. Sure, there’s the option to speed through manual migrations to save time. However, incomplete migrations result in user dissatisfaction, additional help desk calls, and even more downtime. Using PCmover ultimately reduces migration time, thus minimizing critical employee downtime.

… we have seen a large savings in time spent by users (worker downtime during migrations) as well as a drop in help desk calls related to the transfer process, allowing for savings in staffing.”
– Global Professional & Financial Services Firm, Project Manager


Is there a simple and effective Windows 7 EOS migration solution?

You’ve hopefully guessed it by now. PCmover offers a simple, efficient, and effective way to both setup migrations, and conduct the migrations themselves, all while saving time and reducing costs and downtime.

Can I stay on Windows 7?

Still, some may feel this is all too much of a hassle. Others may not have the IT resources to support a migration to Windows 10.

“What if I just take the risk and stay on Windows 7?” Security Boulevard provided 32 security reasons to move to Windows 10. Inaction should not be considered a viable option, especially for SMBs & Enterprises organizations.

The ONLY recommended Windows 7 EOS migration solution

It’s clear the best course of action is to migrate. Organizations need to be prepared, and ensure they have a strategy to avoid last-minute scrambling and security risks. For the simplest, most efficient and effective way, go with the only migration solution recommended by both Microsoft and Intel.

Visit our Windows 7 End of Support page to learn more and request a FREE DEMO of PCmover Enterprise.
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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

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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An Enterprise PC migration solution

In 2014, Microsoft® ended technical support for its workhorse operating system, Windows® XP. This triggered a surge of migrations to Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Previously, many businesses had skipped migrating, because XP continued to work well. With the end of support, though, enterprise organizations needed to take the step.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29. For the enterprise customer, Windows 10’s under-the-hood improvements will allow enterprises to deploy and manage their PC’s more easily than in the past, as well.

The Market for Enterprise PC Migration Solutions

The PC has continued to evolve into a more powerful machine. Today we have dozens of applications vital for our daily work, several gigabytes of data, and thousands of settings in the Windows registry. Reestablishing those on a new PC is time-consuming and near impossible to create as a streamlined system for a company.

Studies show that the foremost reason for not deploying an organization to new PCs is the anxiety of moving all of the user’s “stuff” from the old PC to the new one. PC deployments remain on the forefront of many IT department staffers’ minds, but the issue remains that there are few tools at the enterprise level to successfully complete this endeavor.

Organizations need a solution that will not interrupt employees’ productivity, will save time and resources, and will migrate the files, folders, and applications vital to each employee’s daily workflow.

Many times, IT departments utilize a centralized deployment utility like SCCM, LANDesk, or Altiris for upgrades and new PC deployments. One of the most challenging aspects associated with using these utilities is that they do not adequately address the transfer of user data, custom application settings, or even the transfer of the applications. This creates a very difficult situation for desktop support teams who are tasked with getting a deployed PC back up and running quickly.

An IT professional at one of the largest PC manufacturers communicated to me: “We are supporting thousands of large organizations to deploy their PCs. We do everything from logistics, imaging, tagging, and bringing the PC to the workplace. We do not, however, have a solution for the actual migration between two desktops.” This conversation brought to light the most common complaints from enterprises considering a migration:

  • PC migrations require too many IT resources not originally budgeted for.
  • Logistical issues arise when considering migrations for remote users and global office locations.
  • Incomplete migrations leave behind necessary applications.
  • Company time is expended re-downloading applications and programs that were not transferred in the deployment.

The results of these shortcomings are increased costs to organizations, an extension of end-user downtime spent familiarizing themselves with the new system, a general feeling of user dissatisfaction, and prolonged project cycles that ultimately affect the bottom line for a company.

PCmover Enterprise Blog

 

At Laplink, we developed PCmover® Enterprise to make the workstation migration process effective and cost-efficient. It automates the transfer of selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC. PCmover Enterprise is an OS-independent transfer tool that allows you to migrate to the newest version of Windows, including Windows 10. All of your migration scenarios are supported, and it has been proven successful in migration projects ranging from 100 to 100,000 PCs.

PCmover Enterprise has an easy-to-use wizard that does not require any developer knowledge and enables the IT Admin to set the rules. IT departments are able to predefine certain rules and policies within the organization to fit all cases. The Policy Manager allows IT administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

After migrating almost a hundred thousand PCs, we could not have asked for a better solution than PCmover Enterprise-Windows 8 Global Deployment Consultant for Fortune 100 Company

PCmover transfers all selected applications, data, and settings to a new PC, including user accounts, applications’ environments, applications’ add-ons, background pictures, favorites, and more.administrators to pre-check a variety of choices within the program to create a predefined version of the product that can be executed by a user or an IT engineer with minimal interaction. The experienced user might require all options to be open to them, but most users in an organization are better off with a no-touch or light-touch solution to drive down user errors.

PCmover Enterprise by Laplink Software is the solution for every organization that has over 100 PCs. It will save a minimum of $300 per desktop deployed, eliminating the need for extended project cycles. Using PCmover helps organizations decrease unbudgeted costs during the projects, and dramatically decreases productivity loss.

No matter where you are in your deployments of new PCs or operating systems, PCmover will help make you’re the process streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient.

How to Move Off of Windows XP

The end of support for Windows XP is now less than a week away! If you’re still running Windows XP on April 8th, you’ll see an end to technical support, hot-fixes, and security updates for your PC, leaving your data vulnerable to hackers and malware. No matter how you want to move off of Windows XP, Laplink can help you move quickly without losing your programs, files, and settings.

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The Problem

Windows Easy Transfer – Severely Deprecated
Windows Easy Transfer was a free, go-to tool for many Microsoft users looking to upgrade. However, support for Windows Easy Transfer has been deprecated significantly in favor of cloud solutions. Windows Easy Transfer doesn’t support upgrades from 32-bit systems to 64-bit systems, which is a problem since most XP machines run on 32-bit and newer PCs are 64-bit.

Windows 7 – No Direct Upgrades
There is no direct upgrade solution from Microsoft to go from Windows XP to Windows 7. You can manually move using external media but requires extensive time and effort to transfer only your files and settings to an external storage device, then transfer that data again to your new PC.

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Introduce PCmover to Your Business

With nearly 30% of computers still running Windows XP and end of support just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how your business will make the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Migrating tens or hundreds of computers is no easy task; there’s cost to consider, ease of transition, whether data will be completely transferred, and support. Laplink Software offers three solutions for any business person’s personal or corporate migration needs.

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PCmover Professional
PCmover Professional is the ideal solution for migrating your personal computer. It’s the only software that will transfer all of your selected files, settings, and even applications from an old PC to a new PC, or between any versions of Windows. PCmover Professional allows you to migrate via a wired or wireless network, Laplink USB cable, or Laplink high-speed Ethernet cable. PCmover Professional can even help you restore an old PC image to a new operating system! PCmover Professional comes with Free Transfer Assistance from one of Laplink’s certified migrations specialists, available 24/7 at no additional cost. Just call the toll-free line, and a Laplink migration expert will guide you through the process either remotely or by phone.

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Enterprise IT Pros Prefer PCmover Enterprise over Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT)

One of the most popular free tools used by enterprises today for large enterprise migration projects is Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, IT personnel declared a clear preference for PCmover Enterprise over free alternatives, including USMT, by a 3 to 1 margin. Enterprises who evaluated Laplink’s product cited its ability to migrate data that other tools missed, as well as the ease to implement customized rule sets and work flow as their reasons for preference.

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