Giveaway: 10 x Laplink PCmover Professional [Windows]

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One of the many computer related tasks that I often fear is reinstalling Windows or upgrading, for that matter. After years of getting comfortable to my very own setup, I find myself very reluctant to start from scratch. However, sometimes is not about what you want but rather, what needs to be done. That’s why I more than happy to try out new applications aimed at making the transition easier.

Laplink’s PCmover Professional is one particular application that was designed to assist in system migration from an old PC to a new one. It can even migrate between older operating systems such as Windows XP to the newer Windows 7. This week, we’ll be giving away 10 free copies of PCmover Professional worth $599 in total to help you in those troubled times.

But first, a walkthrough.

For those who didn’t win a copy, you can still get PCmover at just $42 (30% discount) via code dailybugglepcmover. Click here to get it now.

Laplink PCmover Professional is a simple Windows application that helps to compile and prepare your system for migration. You install it on both the old and new computers and it guides you to select the programs, files and settings that you want to preserve from the old system. Basically, it wraps everything up and prepares a simple file that you can use to restore on your new computer. One thing you’ll have to note is that PCmover doesn’t transfer the operating system over so you’ll still have to install Windows again.

Here’s what PCmover Professional will migrate for you:

  • Installed programs
  • Files: photos, videos, music, podcasts
  • Settings: icons, desktop backgrounds, browser settings, bookmarks, network settings
  • User profiles and settings

Alright, let’s take it for a spin. As usual, we’ll start with the installation process. Right at the start, I’m prompted to install Microsoft Visual C++ before proceeding. Not a problem since it’s all done automatically.

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As soon as the application initialises, I was prompted to select the version which I’d like to run. If you would like to test PCmover before purchasing, you may simply select a Trial transfer and it will migrate files of a particular type (text, audio, images, etc.).

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Once I was done registering, I was asked to select a form of transfer. There were 3 options provided: Migration (moving files, software and settings from an old PC to a new one running the same operating system), Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant (moving files, software and settings from a computer running an older version of Windows to Windows 7), and Image Assistant (restoring from an image located from a hard drive). For this walkthrough, we’ll select Migration.

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The next step is telling the application which computer I’m using. If you are planning to use an external hard drive for the migration to restore the system on the same computer after reinstalling Windows (as I am), it’s safe to disregard the subtext and select OLD computer.

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When using migration assistants like PCmover, you have to bear in mind that a snapshot your system files will be transferred in its current state, regardless of how optimised it is. So if your system registry has errors or if files are infected with viruses, they will be transferred over to your new computer in that state. Read this article to find out how you can clean your registry prior to migration.

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There are four connection methods available: Network, Laplink Ethernet Cable (must be purchased), File Storage Device, and USB cable. In my opinion, selecting File Storage Device would be the best choice because it will probably be the most reliable and you won’t have to deal with networking issues.

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In order to keep the size of the migration file down to a minimum, PCmover detects the files which are already on the new system and compares it with the snapshot which it is about to make. If you don’t have access to the new system (perhaps it hasn’t been prepared yet or you’re only reinstalling Windows on the same computer), this step isn’t necessary. As a result, the snapshot will be larger but still functional.

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The next step is outlining what you’d like to transfer over. A full transfer involves preparing files, settings and installed software to be migrated. If you’d rather reinstall applications separately – select Files and settings only. If you would prefer to leave the system settings on the new computer as they are, you may choose to select to prepare just the files.

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Now, PCmover provides you with the chance of selecting the settings that you’d like to be brought over. Click on the Custom Settings button.

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You’ll have to option to prevent PCmover from transferring infected IE toolbars, and other miscellaneous settings.

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If you had several user accounts on your old computer, you’ll now be able to select which accounts to bring across. In my case, there was only one user — which I may even choose to exclude.

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The next step is pretty vital because PCmover will run through the operating system and generate a list of installed applications, stating whether or not they are safe to transfer (those will be unchecked by default).

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Being the thorough application that it is, PCmover then finds additional disk drives connected to your computer and allows you to select them to be transferred as well.

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If there are specific folders that contain very large files and you already have a copy of them somewhere else, you may choose to exclude them from the migration.

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The last option that you’re provided with is to exclude certain file types. If you’d rather not transfer over any temporary or backup files, simply exclude them.

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Finally, the application will begin to build a moving journal, which is essentially just a database of files and settings which were selected for migration.

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Once the moving journal is complete, you’ll know roughly how large an external hard drive is needed for the migration.

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Now, PCmover will initiate the actual process of preparing the system for migration. It will create what’s known as a Moving Van File which contains all of your files, folders, applications and settings. Click on the Browse button and select a destination (your external hard drive). You’ll need to name the Moving Van file, something like “Migration bundle” will do just fine.

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Once you’re done, it will fill the Moving Van File with everything that was selected to be migrated.

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Depending on how many files you selected to transfer, the process of filling the Moving Van File may take up to several hours. When it’s done, all you’ll need to do is to install PCmover on your new computer and unload the Moving Van File.

Reinstalling Windows and transferring your files and settings manually can be hard and PCmover does a great job helping you achieve the task without manually delving into it yourself. Working with PCmover is very much like taking a quiz and when you’re done, you’re presented with the results.

Granted, there will be some hiccups along the way because PCmover isn’t compatible with every software ever created but for the most part, it will generally be pretty reliable. If you’re not used to reinstalling your operating system or migrating to a new computer, using PCmover will definitely make your life easier.

We’re giving away 10 free copies of PCmover Professional this week. Here’s how you can get a copy for yourself.

NOTE: preference will be given to fans of our Facebook page and newsletter subscribers. So if you haven’t subscribed, do so now.


STEP 1

LIKE US and join our Facebook page. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.


STEP 2

LIKE this post and spread the love. You can also share it using any of the social media buttons under this post.

Or retweet it!


STEP 3

Announce that you’ve done your part by entering a comment below. Please use your real email address so that we can get in touch if you win.

And that’s it! You’re done!

No Facebook or Twitter?

You’re still eligible to join the giveaway provided you have a blog or website. Simply publish a post on your site/blog with a link to this giveaway and a short description. Then come back here and in the comments, tell us where you’ve published it. Easy!

This giveaway begins now and ends on Friday, September 16th at 2100hrs ACST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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100 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. LIKE! Windows Migration Tool sucks!

  2. I’ve done my part.

  3. Done

  4. very useful

  5. Good stuff! Done! Count me in! Hope I win!

  6. best mover made

  7. Now THIS would be very useful. I think my old PC’s just about to die, and this would be extremely helpful.

  8. Just entering because it’s there to enter. lol

  9. Very good and useful application. Thanks!

    https://twitter.com/#!/Dacko3/status/112184926601883649

  10. Sounds like a nice App to have in my Pc Toolbox.

  11. Liked on facebook and RT on twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/wizman88/status/112213050962092033

  12. Saw this pop up on my facebook feed and wow, I’ve heard of the site before but haven’t had the chance to check it out until now. Consider me another follower now, all the techy geekyness stuff that I LOVE, perfect for the daily reading!

  13. continually “Like” ya’, and tweeted!

  14. Love Laplink. Helped me Move from Windows XP to Windows 7.

  15. Looks like a good way to move directly to 7 from XP.

  16. Another good contest.

  17. looks good!

  18. Hi, its a complete solution for my windows xp repairing.
    I l;ove To win it……
    i will share it on twitter.
    http://twitter.com/#!/mitthakkar1892/status/112412257195003904
    Its a great opportunity to win it….

  19. i would love to have this

  20. another great offering to tell my friends.

  21. This would be great for when I finally get a new computer!

  22. Please count me in for this giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/#!/SinoTiger/status/112484756888895488

  23. My motherboard on new computer is bad and finally getting a replacement so could use to transport files. I had bad luck as the computer has been trouble since I bought it, so thank God it is getting replaced for free. Any suggestions for program to move the operating systems too :) thx

  24. Ps I tweeted to Share

  25. This is a great tool, very useful for those who need it. I’ve liked, tweeted and reddited this page just to get attention. Hopefully those who really need this will notice them!

    Good luck guys!

  26. Just shared. Thanks!

  27. Ohh… I’ve been wanting this for a long time. I hope I win it.
    Love you Dailybuggle, makeuseif and bundylitic. You provide wonderful services for users.
    Cheers!

  28. Done!

  29. Thanks for this contest. Please count me in. Laplink PCmover Professional is great application.
    Best regards

  30. Done.

    It’s great that this has come up. I just got a request from a friend who got a new PC. He needs his stuff migrated from his old PC to his new one. This is exactly what I need!

  31. Nice i entered

  32. I’ve tweeted my part even though I am a twerp……lol

  33. Super offer …. thanks!

  34. All done – all I have to do now is wait for the results :-)

  35. Done :)

  36. I’ve done my part and I could use a program like this. Thank You!

  37. Did my part! :-)

  38. Done my part, Thank you for the contest Jackson

  39. I am partispating in the giveaway of laplink pc move

  40. (: Great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. Another great giveaway c:

  42. Yay

  43. Yay!

  44. hello

  45. mep

  46. Like it!

  47. Love your page, liked it on facebook, and would love to win this software. Thanks for offering the contest!!

  48. This would be perfect for me as I am planning to get a new computer next month to replace my XP machine. What a phenomenal help this would be!!

  49. luv your site & this program would be quite useful as I’m contemplating a new pc purchase soon

  50. I’ve done the liking, winning this would be great since I’m planning on a new pc soon.

  51. sure could use this, looks like a great program

  52. I’ve done migrations manually. This would really be a timesaver.

  53. Looks good :)

  54. I already follow you on facebook. Would so love to win this. Have an old computer that I want of pull some stuff off of. A friend pull the have to stuff when I switched to a new computer…now I want to get the wants moved!

  55. Very timely-just ordered W7, a new mobo, processor and video card.

  56. I’ve just Tweeted this offer for a chance to win it!

  57. I’ve done my part. I both “liked” this post and tweeted it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Please choose me. I am trying to re-install my windows installation real soon. Then I noticed this post, and now I’m really praying to win! Please pick me.

  59. Please count me in. Thanks.

  60. Please pick me. I’ve been running the same Vista install for over two and a half years, I’ve installed over 500 programs, and my computer is now running like crap. I *know* that I need to re-install Windows, but… I’m scared… I’m so scared. :grin:

  61. Liked on Facebook and Tweeted the Contest. Thanks !

  62. I would like to enter for the PC Mover. I already liked the PCMover on my facebook. Thanks

  63. I enjoy trying out software and would love to see how well this works compared to re-installing everything!

  64. Done my part! Hope to win.

  65. This could be very useful!

  66. Fantastic software concept!

  67. Done

  68. Great software,
    Thanks!

  69. Looking forward to trying PC Mover. Liked it twice and tweeted it too.

  70. All squared away… thanks!

  71. I’ve done my part, and I could really use a program like this. Thank you!

  72. very useful

  73. Great software!

  74. I would be the happiest person in the world if im lucky enough to win this one!
    tweeted it here: https://twitter.com/#!/demonic_entity
    shared here: http://www.facebook.com/marcusantoniusilvestre

  75. I’m actually in the process of installing a new OS right now. This would really help as I have customized my previous HD to ridiculous lengths! :D

  76. I’m on board…thx for the offer.

  77. Wow this would really come in handy! i typically have to reinstall my familys computer on a yearly basis (they butcher it o.O) but for the first time in 5 year i am ready to reinstall mine, and this program would seriously simply it! i guess i can wait a week to see if I’m lucky enough XD

  78. Uh… I wanna get this so I can get a laptop to move things to!!! Improving the economy!!!!!

  79. Think I’ve done this already but here goes again

  80. Looks like a very handy program! :)

  81. Love Laplink PCmover.

  82. It is done. Thankyou.

  83. this good.. i’m in draw…thanks :)

  84. I posted on my facebook page and told all my friends of your page..I have never won anything on here but I love the giveaways…

  85. Joined! :)

  86. Count me in on this giveaway. Gotta whole lotta info to be transferred to a new system.. (info posted on fb

  87. I’m in!!
    Good luck to all

  88. Please count me in. Thanks

  89. Great tutorial, looks like it simplifies things substantially!!!

  90. I’m in… thank you.

    Kevin

  91. done. :)

  92. i’ve done my part yall

  93. count me in

  94. Perfect timing, my computer is near death and I may have little time to move to a new box (used)

  95. How big is the Moving Van File? I have 194gb of data on my hard drive and after completing the Load Moving Van step the resulting Moving Van File is only 76mb and took a few hours to create. Doesn’t seem right to me so I’ve done it twice and both times it’s ended up the same. What am I doing wrong? Thank s for your insight!

    “Depending on how many files you selected to transfer, the process of filling the Moving Van File may take up to several hours. When it’s done, all you’ll need to do is to install PCmover on your new computer and unload the Moving Van File.”

  96. please do the morally right thing and spread the truth

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