PC migration

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PC migration is the process of transferring the entire user environment (e.g. personal documents and settings) between two computer systems.[1] The migration problem is often associated with the concept of Total Cost of Ownership where the requirement to migrate information is considered a "cost" in purchasing a new PC, similar considerations exist for businesses upgrading hardware/software.[2]

PC migration is required whenever one needs to move to a new computer (i.e. purchasing new hardware), or upgrade to a new OS. Because of intrinsic differences and strong OS-hardware coupling, PC migration is considered to be a problem for both consumers and enterprises.[citation needed][3][4]

Some PC migration software (such as Zinstall WinWin) is capable of transferring not just settings and data, but also applications.[5] Other PC migration solutions (such as Tranxition) move the settings cross-version between applications because these vendors claim higher reliability.[6]


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  3. ^ Rick Broida (21 October 2009). "Migrate to Windows 7--Slowly". PCWorld. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ JamesHolder; Jeff Schertz (6 August 2008). "Computer Migration problem". Microsoft Exchange Server TechCenter. Microsoft. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Breeden, John (Aug 27, 2013). "Life after XP: Zinstall helps tame migration monsters". Government Computing News. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mackie, Kurt (May 6, 2013). ""Survey: IT Putting In Overtime for Windows XP Migration"". Microsoft Certified Professional. Retrieved November 6, 2014.