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Free PCmover Helps Businesses Upgrade to Windows 7


Microsoft, Ingram Micro Inc,. and Laplink Software today announced a new incentive to make the transition to Windows 7 from older operating systems easier for small and medium businesses.

The program, dubbed Move Now, provides a free license of PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant for each Windows 7 Upgrade Open License purchased through Ingram Micro U.S.

Move Now will be unveiled formally to Microsoft Channel Partners at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. July 11-15. Availability will run July 19 through September Sept. 30, 2010.

For small and medium businesses (SMBs) without in-house IT staff, PCmover could be a lifesaver. Industry analyst firm, NPD, reported last month in its SMB Technology Report that 74 percent of SMBs small- to medium-sized businesses will purchase new PCs this year, and those computers will come with Windows 7 preinstalled. A mixed operating system environment can result in problems, making the move from XP or Vista to Windows 7, a must-do task. (Review: Windows Operating Systems)

“For most SMBs, the decision isn’t whether or not to deploy Windows 7. It’s a matter of when and how,” Thomas Koll, Laplink’s CEO said. “PCmover is the '“how'” to move. And with PCmover bundled free with the Windows 7 license purchase, the time to proceed is now. That’s good for everyone involved, especially the SMB that will soon leverage the advantages of Windows 7 to increase their business productivity.”

How it works

PCmover aims to eliminate problems associated with upgrading computers from Vista and the older XP, the operating system many companies retained in favor of Vista, by automating manual data transfers and thereby reducing associated costs and loss of productivity during a switchover.

“PCmover Upgrade Assistant will save businesses at least $300 per PC that is upgraded to Windows 7,” Koll said.

Koll explained that by using PCmover in deploying Windows 7, the need to reinstall applications on the upgraded PC is eliminated. And because the customization of the old PC is preserved and transferred to the new environment, employees are able to quickly return to full productivity.


PCmover is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP. It also supports upgrade scenarios from “unlike” versions of Windows such as Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.

PCmover is the only software that will move all programs, files, and settings from one PC to another. There is no use of virtual machine or emulation software. Instead, PCmover’s proprietary technology automates data and settings transfers and also emulates installer routines so that applications are also migrated. Users may opt to select documents and files to be transferred or select all.

Leslie Meredith is Senior Writer for TechNewsDaily, a sister site to BusinessNewsDaily.