If migrating to Windows 8, leave no app behind
- By John Breeden II
- Oct 11, 2012
In a few weeks users will be able to move their PCs from their current operating system to Microsoft Windows 8. For many people, the upgrade process should go smoothly, but there are plenty of circumstances that can make the rollover difficult.
Public-sector agencies might not be adopting the new OS right out of the gate, but eventually many are likely to move to Windows 8 and, especially if they’re running older versions of Windows, they’ll face those upgrade challenges.
PCmover Laplink Software can help to slay those migration beasts before they begin terrorizing your villages.
“We expect users of Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to the same 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 8, but most other situations are likely to be difficult,” Laplink CEO Thomas Koll said in a news release. “For Windows XP users, upgrading to Windows 8 will be a nightmare and almost impossible, [and XP machines are] still about half of all PCs. Windows Vista users will have limited options and will likely lose all their applications.”
PCmover can handle all upgrade scenarios, including those from PCs with older OS versions, the company said. The newest version of PCmover has the same direct PC-to-PC functionality as previous versions but also supports connections over a network. And that might be good news to the estimated 125 million Windows 8 users that Laplink expects to see within the first 18 months of the new operating system’s deployment.
PCmover automatically moves all settings, files, folders, applications and data to a new PC without leaving anything behind. Pictures, videos, music, tax files, Internet favorites, documents, spreadsheets, games and much more can all be moved automatically. Setting PCmover apart from other solutions is the ability to move entire applications.
In June the company launched its “No PC Left Behind” initiative, during which anyone who purchases a copy of Laplink between now and the release of Windows 8 will automatically get the new update for Windows 8 migration for free.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.