Offer was available for a short time... now a long time ago..
Keep your eyes open for offers for Easeus Todo PCTrans. Does a similar job.
- however I have been told by Easeus this installs all progs on C: even if you installed them on D: for example.
So I prefer Laplink, which I've used recently with considerable success. About 1.5% of programs transferred require re-installing. And you can move data with it of course.
Last edited by dalchina; 10 Feb 2016 at 03:01.
A) I've seen that 4/1 is the deadline for Vista re MS & Google Chrome security updates, Go To Webinar will not function at all on it, and who knows what else that hasn't been published yet. Thus it seems I must upgrade from Vista (my machine is a HP p6142p circa 2009-10) to another Windows OS, and Win 10 appears the logical choice .
Seems like going from Vista to 10 is a huge jump and runs a big risk of an improper/failed upgrade (I've never done an upgrade, so for me this whole thing is scary). Which of these paths would best keep risk of failure low, keep the # of backups lowest, provide the best dollar value for the effort, or would be what you would do?
1) Vista>Win 7 upgrade>Win 8.1 upgrade>Free upgrade to Win 10
2) Vista>Win 8 upgrade>Win 8.1 upgrade>Free upgrade to Win 10
3) Vista>Win 8.1 upgrade>Free upgrade to Win 10
4) Vista>paid upgrade to Win 10
5) Buy a new all-N1 PC/laptop with Win 10 (most intense use would be photo edit/Inet content creation-suggestions?)
B) With no "Easy Transfer" on Win 10 could one restore or somehow transfer a backup into the new Win 10 directory structure or is Laplink the clear winner on how to move programs and files?
I know this is a lot, but given the deadline others may need the answers as well (I found this thread from Search).
I am not sure if this helps you but the Vista to 10 in-place upgrade over Windows 7 works. I have tested it and posted the results here: Solved In-place upgrade - XP to 10 without losing the apps - Windows 10 Forums
That being said, I would select the last of your listed options, buy a new laptop.
Last edited by Kari; 22 Mar 2016 at 11:22. Reason: Context changing typo fixed
Thanks, Kari. I did visit that thread. Very interesting journey. I read down 3 more posts and found this especially helpful as well:
"Wolfgang, you need at least two steps (Vista & Seven) between XP and 10, the Eight can be bypassed:
- XP can only be in-place upgraded to Vista, not Seven or later
- Vista can be in-place upgraded to Seven but not Eight or later
- Seven can be in-place upgraded to 10
- Ergo: XP to Vista is a must, as well as Vista to Seven but then you can bypass the Eight and jump to 10"
Me-This is AWESOME!
For the convenience of new readers, here's the big-picture constraints from your post that you noted must be met:
"Certain rules apply to an in-place upgrade:
- The bit version must remain the same, a 32 bit Windows can only be in-place upgraded to another 32 bit Windows, a 64 bit only to 64 bit
- The language version must be exactly the same, Finnish Vista cannot be in-place upgraded to Swedish Windows 7, US English Windows Seven cannot be in-place upgraded to UK English Windows 8
- The Windows edition must remain the same or be superior, for example Windows Vista Home Premium can be in-place upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate but not to Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter
If and when all three conditions apply, you can in-place upgrade and keep the installed software (subject to compatibility with new OS version)."
You definitely rock.
In these cases, base language remaining the same, you will get a warning about the display language being changed, but if that's OK you can in-place upgrade without issues keeping your installed software and data. In screenshot this warning as shown when trying to in-place upgrade Windows 10 Build 10586 EN-US with Build 14291 EN-GB:
It still remains impossible to in-place upgrade changing the base language.