Free PCmover software will simplify your move to a new PC
If you're still trying to squeeze extra life out of your Windows
Vista or even Windows XP machine, this may be the ideal time to cut
Consider the benefits of a new PC: faster performance, much
better security, perhaps even some extra features (Bluetooth, a
touchscreen, etc.) your current model lacks. And with the holidays
just around the corner, there are smokin' deals to be had.
Just one little wrinkle: How can you move all your stuff--data,
programs, settings, etc.--from the old PC to the new one? That's a
hassle even for the savviest of computer users.
Laplink's well-known PCmover Home utility can automate the
process, but normally it'll cost you $39.95 for the privilege.
Not today. For a limited time, you can get Laplink PCmover Home free of charge
catch? It's only for users of Windows XP and Vista.
Laplink rightly notes that Microsoft's free Windows Easy
Transfer utility doesn't support Windows 8, which is the operating
system you'll find on virtually any new PC you buy today. Actually,
you're more likely to get Windows 8.1, which PCmover also supports.
(It can migrate you to Windows 7 as well if you happen to find a
system running that.)
What's more, PCmover offers a lot more flexibility in what you
move and how you move it. In addition to files and settings, it can
move installed programs -- though if you want my honest opinion,
you're usually better off reinstalling programs from scratch on the
new PC and then just transferring over the data.
PCmover also lets you use your home network or a direct-connect
cable to make the transfer, an option that's a lot faster and more
reliable than copying everything to an external drive. (Cheaper,
too, if you don't already have a drive large enough to accommodate
To get the freebie, just click the above link, then click under
the orange Buy Now button where it says "Free for XP & Vista
users - Click here." You'll need to register for a Laplink
account, download and install the software, then activate it using
the provided code.
I'm not sure how long this promotion will be running, so if
you're planning to make a move either now or in the future, I'd
grab PCmover while you can. Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.