When buying a new Windows PC, the user usually wants to transfer applications, files, and setting from the old PC to that new PC. This can be a difficult and time consuming process because some software application save their data files in folders other a user's "documents" folder. Setting too, can be hard to find and transfer along with registry entries. Depending on the uses old OS and application collection, they may have a set of 32 bit programs as well as 64 bit ones. Some programs are not compatible with the new OS on their new PC and should not be moved over. Antivirus programs are a problem because of how they are designed and if transferred, could corrupt the new system. Applications such as PCmover are designed to alleviate those types of issues during transfer.
Microsoft used to offer a utility called Windows Easy Transfer (WET) which, though limited (did not transfer applications), was used by many to help with this task. Presently, Microsoft does not provide or support the WET utility. Microsoft has decided instead to partner with Laplink to provide migration to the new OS.  Laplink PCmover is a PC migration software developed by Laplink Software and sold by major software retailers globally. PCmover comes in a variety of versions that include the ability to move or restore all selected files, folders, settings, user profiles, and programs from an old PC to a new one, an old operating system to a new one, or an old hard drive to a new one. When a user buys a new PC and wants to have their images, music, personal setting, documents, or favorite applications on the new PC, PCmover does this transfer in the fastest and most convenient fashion. The user can select which folder, file and application are migrated. All PCmover versions now support migrations to Windows 10. PCmover is recommended by Microsoft to replace the Windows Easy Transfer application, which is no longer available from Microsoft.
- 1 Versions
- 2 Free Transfer Assistance and Support
- 3 Reception
- 4 References
PCmover Enterprise is Laplink's business solution for large-scale PC migrations. PCmover Enterprise will natively transfer installed applications, settings, data, and user accounts. PCmover Enterprise automates the migration process for in-place upgrades, PC refreshes, and break-fix recovery scenarios. Enterprise can support policy files for controlling company wide migrations.
The most recent version of PCmover Professional was released in August, 2015 and supports Windows 10. This version of PCmover is able to perform all of the functions available in all other versions of PCmover including: in-place upgrades from an old version of Windows to a newer version of Windows, migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit, migration from an old PC to a new PC, and restoration of an old PC image. The physical (box0 version of PCmover Professional (labeled PCmover Ultimate) comes with a Laplink high-speed transfer cable and a copy of Laplink's SafeErase software.
PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant
PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant was released in October 2009. It allows a user to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7. PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant will automatically restore any selected files, personalized settings, and applications from the old Windows operating system to Windows 7 without overwriting the new operating system. All compatible applications are installed ready to use.
PCmover Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
PCmover Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant was released in January 2012. It allows a user to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 to Windows 7 or 8. PCmover Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will automatically restore any selected files, personalized settings, and applications from the old Windows operating system to Windows 8 without overwriting the new operating system. All compatible applications are installed ready to use.
PCmover Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant
PCmover Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant will be released in September, 2015. It allows a user to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 to Windows 7 or 8. PCmover Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant will automatically restore any selected files, personalized settings, and applications from the old Windows operating system to Windows 10 without overwriting the new operating system. All compatible applications are installed ready to use.
PCmover Express for Windows XP
In March 2014, Laplink partnered with Microsoft to offer Windows XP users a free data migration tool to move from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 computer due to Microsoft's deprecation of Windows Easy Transfer. PCmover Express for Windows XP will transfer files, settings, and user profiles, but will not transfer applications.
DiskImage is a program which allows the user to create a complete mirror image of their hard drive. Using DiskImage insures the ability to completely restore a computer or select group of files or folders should there be file corruption or disk damage.
Safe Erase is a program which completely erases (beyond data recovery) of the PC hard drive. SafeErase utilizes a series of government recommended deletion methods, which overwrites with zeroes, to completely wipe personal data from the hard drive so that it is unrecoverable.
PCmover Image & Drive Assistant
Formerly branded as PCmover Image Assistant, PCmover Image & Drive Assistant were released during the second quarter of 2010. It allows a user to restore an old image or hard drive to a new PC and complements all other imaging software. PCmover Image & Drive Assistant will restore an image of an old Windows PC or hard drive to a new PC that has a different Windows operating system complete with all files, settings, and programs without overwriting anything on the new PC, including the operating system.
PCmover Home was released in May 2009. It allows a user to migrate all of their files, personalized settings, and applications from an old PC to a new PC. PCmover Home has several limitations: the old PC cannot have more than one drive or partition, it only moves the logged on user, it does not support in-place upgrades, and it cannot restore an old PC image.
Free Transfer Assistance and Support
All versions of PCmover come with Laplink Software's 24/7 Free Transfer Assistance, giving users access to one of Laplink's certified migration specialists remotely or over the phone. PCmover Enterprise comes with VIP technical support from Laplink Software instead of 24/7 Free Transfer Assistance.
Laplink's PCmover software has been reviewed by a variety of publications around the globe. PC Authority stated they were impressed with the software because none of their files were missing and all of their applications worked right away. PC World said that the pros of PCmover are that the software migrates data and applications, and that it includes a data transfer cable. The cons are that it doesn't handle complex migrations gracefully and has unclear instructions. Barron's gave PCmover Professional 5 stars for its ability to make moving from an old computer to a new one quick and easy.
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