Windows 10: A word of warning about Laplink PCmover Pro

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    Windows 10 Pro X64 Version 1709 Build 16299.431
       21 Apr 2016 #1

    A word of warning about Laplink PCmover Pro


    If you decide to buy this product then just be aware that it is sold with a single use licence.
    So you get one shot at transferring your settings and apps across a reset or fresh install of Windows.
    If you're looking at this product as a means to facilitate resets or fresh installs then you will require to purchase a new licence for each exercise.
    That said, it does do a pretty good job. Not 100%; I had a few settings and apps missed when I used it recently.
    Last edited by Hairy Scot; 21 Apr 2016 at 03:25.
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  2.    21 Apr 2016 #2

    Good warning. I've always wondered why anyone would spend money on this software when it is a simple task to do on your own. I wouldn't trust software to find my data or decide what was important to me. Also, when switching to a new computer, I don't want settings and older apps to be moved over. Starting fresh is a great time to....start fresh.
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  3.    21 Apr 2016 #3

    It's a trade-off of time vs money. In my case it saved at least 3 days' work - oh, and I had a free license for PCMover Image &
    Drive Assistant. That used an existing disk image.

    Clean install of Windows, + install selected programs automatically - rather than manually installing them.

    But if you've only, say, Office, and a couple of others, it's not worth it.
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  4.    21 Apr 2016 #4

    I have three computers, one of which is a business system, and it wouldn't take more than 2 hours to move or back up everything on any of those computers. Three days would be crazy to me, and I definitely have plenty of data and apps installed.
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  5.    21 Apr 2016 #5

    I speak from experience of having done it both ways.. and in fact manually I'd still be picking up on bits and pieces after that. But that's just my experience, and that's with downloads kept, licenses carefully stored etc. The transition to 64 bits was manual of course.

    Hence my preference for using a tool... which reduces the task to leaving it to run, then checking and filling in what's not been done or not done successfully.
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  6.    21 Apr 2016 #6

    Sounds like you could use some organization. I keep my drivers updated on a flash drive. I keep my basic apps update on the same flash drive. Any software license keys I store in a cloud service so I can access them anytime, anywhere.
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  7.    21 Apr 2016 #7

    Windows 10 does a much better job of just adapting itself to new hardware than past versions of Windows did. Just make an image of your old Windows 10. Restore the image to the new computer. Let it detect all the new hardware. If there isn't a digital entitlement for the new computer already stored at Microsoft, change product key on the activation screen to a valid product key to activate it. Remove any software you don't have two licenses for from the old computer. Done.
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  •    21 Apr 2016 #8

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    Sounds like you could use some organization. I keep my drivers updated on a flash drive. I keep my basic apps update on the same flash drive. Any software license keys I store in a cloud service so I can access them anytime, anywhere.
    You may feel free to make that unjustified assumption.

    1. I have never lost anything significant since using 8" Shugart floppies that I can think of.
    2. All my historic downloads are catalogued and searchable.
    3. All my license codes are in an encrypted file readily accessible in Roboform- it takes me a few seconds to find one.
    4. All my most recent downloads (over 18 months or more) are immediately to hand.
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  •    21 Apr 2016 #9

    I would be very surprised if this is true. According to EULA you get a single user licence and you may only have it on one hard disk at a time which is a fairly normal restriction. I see nothing in the EULA to suggest it is a once use only tool.

    There is a trial version which may well be timebombed.

    What evidence is there to support this statement?
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  •    21 Apr 2016 #10

    dalchina said: View Post
    You may feel free to make that unjustified assumption.
    It may be unjustified, but it shouldn't take anyone 3 days to configure a new computer. Even without using system images, I can get a developer's new computer, including all of their data moved to a new computer that I configure in a few hours.

    Aside from the purpose of setting up a new computer with the latest drivers and apps, I just don't see any value in trusting a piece of software to decide what is important to me when I know this already.
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