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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Free PCmover Software for Laplink’s Birthday!

May 15, 2019 marks 36 years as a global leader in data transfer and migration software. Let’s celebrate with free PCmover software!

Free PCmover Software for Laplink's Birthday!

Laplink Turns 36!

Celebrate with us

To celebrate these years of growth and success, we’re giving away software to subscribers of our mailing list! Consumers get a free PCmover Express copy. We’re also giving a complimentary copy of PCmover Profile Migrator to IT professionals at organizations large and small! Additionally, organizations that request and complete a 30 minute demo of PCmover Enterprise will receive a free Laplink USB 3.0 high-speed transfer cable.

As an added bonus, we’re giving a 36% off coupon code! Everyone who has either signed up to receive Laplink emails or visits our site through May 31 can redeem.

Our Journey to Exclusivity

Laplink was founded in 1983 as “Traveling Software,” soon after the original IBM PC release. We went on to forever change how PCs connect and transfer data. The original “LapLink” software & cable helped launch an entire category of connectivity software – file transfer, synchronization, remote control, and migration. Since then, our flagship product, PCmover, has become the only Microsoft and Intel recommended migration solution on the market today.

Looking Forward

“After 36 years, millions of customers, and billions of files, Laplink is still connecting people and their PCs,” shared Thomas Koll, Laplink’s CEO. “And, with the end of support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 coming up January 2020, it is even more imperative we make PCmover available to organizations needing to quickly and efficiently move off Windows 7. Throughout our 36 years, 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.”

Learn more at www.laplink.com, and grab your complimentary software & offers, valid through May 31, 2019.

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

Windows 10 and PC migration

“Microsoft is doing a lot of good things right now and we believe the launch of Windows 10 later this year will not only have a significant impact on Microsoft’s share of the market, but on the industry as a whole,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. – IDC, 2015

When Windows 10 releases later this month, it is to great expectations. Unlike Windows 8, it is anticipated that existing PC users will switch much more rapidly to Windows 10. Here are a number of reasons why:

  1. Windows 10 will be more user friendly than Windows 8, including a redesigned and optimized Start menu, virtual desktops, and resizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps.
  2. Analysts predict massive conversions from XP, Vista, 7, and even 8/8.1, supported by the fact that it will be free for Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 users.
  3. Windows 10 is the real successor for Windows 7 for enterprises, with a lot of emphasis on desktops and enhancements in security, manageability, etc.
  4. Many of the improvements will be especially important to businesses, allowing them to deploy and manage PC’s running Windows 10 easier and more cost-efficient than ever.
  5. Windows 10 will launch in the second half of 2015, and it’s expected that the new operating system will not only help Microsoft to bring more users back to its platform, but it will also contribute to better PC sales as the appeal of new computers will grow significantly for customers.

So while this is great news for existing PC customers, the other big questions is:

What about new PC Sales?

“Economic and product changes will create a headwind in the short term,” IDC states in a press release, “So in 2015, only 293.1 million PCs will be sold.” – IDC, 2015

It’s a mixed bag. Analyst firm IDC® is not all that optimistic and says that, despite the arrival of Windows 10, new PC sales are still expected to decline this year. In fact, IDC has recently lowered its forecast of this year’s new PC sales, claiming that this market is expected to fall by 4.9 percent in 2015, despite the initial estimate of a 3.3 percent decline.

Windows 10 to slightly increase sales.

New PC shipments will remain moderate throughout the year, but in late 2015, the arrival of Windows 10 is expected to lead to a small increase in PC sales.

“More significant product refreshes from the likes of Intel® and Microsoft (Windows 10) will be released later in the year, shifting OEM product updates and consumer interest to later in 2015,” IDC said.

Up until now, the PC market has posted a small increase, partially thanks to more companies replacing their Windows XP systems due to the end of support in 2014. It is also because of Windows 8.1 with Bing, an operating system that’s offered either free of charge or with a very low license cost to manufacturers, with the purpose of cutting down the final price of their devices.

IDC says that the only good news for PC makers is that demand for tablets and other portable devices has dropped recently and is expected to continue going down in the upcoming months.

What does this mean for PC Migration?

All other scenarios require a “clean install” of Windows, which can be done either by reformatting the hard drive or by “over-installing” the new operating system. Both cases result in the applications, data, and settings being moved to different directories. Applications will not be registered with the new OS, which provides opportunities for our valued resellers.Windows 10 is likely to increase demand for PCs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will be perfect. And while there are many ways to migrate to a new version of Windows, few “solutions” actually allow an in-place upgrade. In particular, any remaining Windows XP users, all Windows Vista users, any 32-bit Windows 7 users, and any users remaining on Windows 8 cannot easily upgrade. There are also limitations imposed for users upgrading from a 32-bit to 64-bit in Windows 10. While users of 64-bit Windows 7 and users of Windows 8.1 will have a comparatively easier time completing an in-place upgrade to the newest OS when it’s available, it still won’t be easy.

The ideal PC migration solution:

The versions of PCmover Suite ideal for consumer and small company migrations are PCmover Professional (download only) and PCmover Ultimate (physical box, including High-Speed Transfer Cable and SafeErase). This reselling opportunity is for those with tech savvy staff to drive migrations in-house or at-home users. By purchasing multi-packs in the partner portal of these versions, partners will profit on the margin when reselling to clients

Upgrade Paths to Windows 10

Upgrading to a new version of Windows, soon to be Windows 10, usually sounds like a straightforward process:

  • Download the software (or install via a DVD/CD);
  • Run the installer, upgrade the OS;
  • Voila! Everything should be in place.

in place upgradesFor all scenarios which are not “green” it’s a different story. In particular, any remaining Windows XP users and all Windows Vista users cannot easily upgrade, and users running the 32-bit version of Windows 7/8/8.1 don’t have an easy (in-place) upgrade to the 64-bit Version of Windows 10, either.Unfortunately, it’s different. While there are many ways to migrate or upgrade to a new version of Windows, only a few options actually allow an in-place upgrade. The chart below depicts the different options available with the green boxes indicating upgrades “out of the box”.

These scenarios require a “clean” or “custom” install of Windows, which can be done either by reformatting the hard drive or by “over-installing” the new operating system. Both cases result in the applications, data, and settings being moved to different directories, and the existing applications will not work as they are not registered with the new OS.

Laplink® has created a solution with PCmover® that allows in-place upgrades. The table below indicates that all upgrade scenarios which are not supported “out of the box” are supported by PCmover.

upgrade paths

In the next blog post, we will dive deeper into the two core migration scenarios PCmover supports.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Editions

Microsoft released information about the seven versions of Windows 10 it will offer in a blog post on June 1. Here are the key takeaway points:

  1. Windows 10 Home will be the version used by consumers on PCs and larger tablets, the focus here will be more so on retail.
  2. Windows 10 Professional is designed to run on desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and tablets. Additional features in the area of business management and security, this version is aimed at users who will have a machine supplied by work but might also want to use it for personal tasks. Focus is retail again.
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise is the version targeted at larger businesses, and will be sold through Microsoft’s Volume Licensing program. It adds additional security and management features, and gives administrators control over the pace at which updates are released. There will be some stripped -down versions (embedded use) for devices like POS’s and ATMs.
  4. Windows 10 Education is a tweaked version of Enterprise targeted for the education market (e.g. schools and universities.)
  5. Windows 10 Mobile will run on smartphones and smaller tablets (with a screen size of 9 inches or less). This is the product currently known as Windows Phone.
  6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is a business-focused version of Windows 10 Mobile, also sold via Volume Licensing. Like Enterprise, there will also be a cut-down “industrial” edition for handheld terminals and other task-specific devices.
  7. Windows 10 Internet of Things Core is a very stripped-down version of Windows 10, designed for “small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.” Microsoft has previously indicated this version will be free.

Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 will release on July 29th this year

It is clear that its release will be to great expectations. Unlike Windows 8, it is anticipated that existing PC users will switch much more rapidly to Windows 10. Here are a number of reasons why:

  • Windows 10 will be more user friendly than Windows 8, including a redesigned Start menu, virtual desktops, and re-sizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps.
  • Many of the improvements will be especially important to businesses, allowing them to deploy & manage PC’s running Windows 10 more easily and cost efficient than ever.
  • Analyst predict massive conversions from Windows XP, Vista, 7, and even 8/8.1 (supported by the fact that it will be free for Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 users.)

PC users ready to migrate or upgrade to the newest operating system by Microsoft should consider Laplink’s PCmover software to complete this upgrade quickly and easily.