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 products are capable of transferring not just settings and data, but also applications.[5][6]

Laplink PCmover now supports Windows 10, and can transfer files, setting, and applications from as far back as Windows XP.[7]

Windows 10 does not any longer provide a Windows transfer utility with the OS. Microsoft and Laplink PCmover have joined up to provide this functionality for free on Microsoft's site.[8][9]


  1. ^ Staff (1981–2012). "Definition of: PC migration". PCMag.com. Ziff Davis, Inc. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Eric Krangel (12 February 2009). "Microsoft Terrified Companies Won't Upgrade To Windows 7". Business Insider SAI. Business Insider, Inc. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  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. ^ Reviewers, Top 10 (July 2015). " "PC Migration Software Review 2015 – Reviews and comparisons". Top Ten. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Breeden, John (Aug 27, 2013). "Life after XP: Zinstall helps tame migration monsters". Government Computing News. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "PCmover Express for Windows XP Review and Screenshots"| url=http://www.laplink.com/index.php/individuals/pcmover-for-windows-8/feature-overview%7Cpublisher="The Windows Club"
  8. ^ "Move your files, folders, and more" | url=https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/transfer-your-data
  9. ^ "Windows Easy Transfer is not available in Windows 10"|url=http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/windows-easy-transfer-is-not-available-in-windows-10%7C publisher="Microsoft"