Excerpt: Quick, what’s the top reason people put off PC upgrades? It’s the hassle of moving all those files, applications, and gigabytes of detritus built up on a PC over the years. That’s a hassle that Laplink says it can solve with PC Mover. According to the product claims, by hooking up two PCs, you can use the application to move all your documents, as well as applications! Yeah, if you’re as skeptical as we are, you don’t believe it, either.
Pros: Machine-to-machine migration; moves many apps with surprising fidelity.
Cons: Large moves can take days, especially over gigabit; key purchase limits you to a single move.
Conclusion: For anyone wanting to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, Laplink's PCmover is a thing of beauty. Some of its processes seem more geared towards migrations between two machines as opposed to an in-place upgrade, but it's a small price to pay for this kind of convenience.
Pros: Transfer settings, user accounts, documents, and applications from Windows XP to Windows 7. Lots of transferring options. As quick as or quicker than Microsoft's own Upgrade option for Vista-to-7 installations.
Cons: Lots of wizard screens. Tries to install browser toolbar. Undoing migration doesn't remove all folders and files.
Excerpt: The biggest hassle when buying a new PC is reinstalling all of your old software, reregistering, entering serial numbers, and hoping you got everything you needed. With Laplinks PCmover, having this done automatically for you is as simple as 1, 2, 3. The last time I purchased a new laptop, it took me the better part of three days to reinstall and reset the new system to my liking.
Excerpt: We reinstall our operating systems from time-to-time. A fresh install of Windows does wonders for your PC’s performance and clears out the clutter on your hard disk. It concentrates your mind on whether you’re using the best software for the task at hand, or if you need to search for or buy anew. On the other hand, we accept that such an undertaking fills many people with tedium – or even dread.