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Windows 7: New Windows XP data transfer tool and end of support notifications


03 Mar 2014   #1
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New Windows XP data transfer tool and end of support notifications

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As the end of support for Windows XP on April 8th nears we’re continuing to focus on ensuring customers are aware of the deadline and helping them to migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Today we have some news on both those fronts.



To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring across your home or work network, and even enables Windows XP users to customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device.

PCmover Express will be available for download in English starting later this week via WindowsXP.com as well as French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish coming later in March and it will be available in Korean, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese after that. But if someone doesn’t want to wait for the tool to be released in their local language, they can access Laplink’s tool in other languages as well via Microsoft’s Download Center.

For Windows XP users wanting to transfer applications from their old computer, Laplink is also making available its software that migrates apps called PCmover Professional at a special price - see here for details.

On March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.



The notification will include a link to our Windows XP End of Support website where Windows XP users can find all the information they need on the end of support for Windows XP and what it means and how they can stay protected against security risks and viruses after April 8th. The notification will reoccur on the 8th of every month unless disabled by the user.For customers unsure of what version of Windows they are using, they can go to AmIRunningXP.com, a website designed to automatically tell if a PC is running on Windows XP or a newer version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. If it detects Windows XP, the website provides guidance on how to upgrade ahead of the April 8th end of support deadline.

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See also: Free data transfer - End of support Windows XP - Microsoft Windows

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03 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
 
 

How thoughtful of them to provide this tool in such a timely fashion!
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03 Mar 2014   #3

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

>For Windows XP users wanting to transfer applications from their old computer...

This forum can expect an increase in posts about apps that will not update and will not uninstall. I've encountered several 32bit installers "transferred" by Laplink to a 64bit OS. Some will run, but others halt with the warning that it is the wrong app for a 64bit OS.

I cringe when I see that Laplink has been used to move apps. The last computer that I worked on had most of Dell's bloatware for a desktop "transferred" to a Toshiba laptop - including modem drivers, digital phone line monitor and Dell's software update management tool. Oddly enough, most of it ran.
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04 Mar 2014   #4

W7 Pro 64
 
 

If you still run XP you likely don't have programs worth keeping.
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05 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
If you still run XP you likely don't have programs worth keeping.
Overgeneralization much?

There are plenty of legitimate software that are only happy when they run inside Windows XP. Many older games, and in particular Japanese visual novels, come to mind among other examples. Heck, even older Microsoft-published games like Age of Empires II had problems running under Vista/7 until it got its HD re-release last year.

This is to say nothing of drivers for older hardware (I've found that a Windows 7 driver for a particular printer lacked features its XP driver had) and older hardware themselves that still work perfectly fine.

Security is no doubt an important thing to keep ahead of, but the reality of the world is that when something needs doing then pragmatism, practicality, and economics decide the day.
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08 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
 
 

Now that the transfer tool has become available, I have downloaded it and am reading about its use. It seems that it is not a direct transfer tool (doesn't transfer via flash drive or direct network connection) , the transfer takes place over the Internet. That could mean some long transfer times for people (like me) with slow Internet connections. Laplink will provide a "high speed transfer cable" free with the purchase of the pro version of PC Mover, which is also the version you need to move your "apps". Doesn't look promising to me. I will be testing the free version soon.

Please stand by.
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08 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

How can you upgrade from xp to win 7 on the same computer ? Will the pcmover program do that ?
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08 Mar 2014   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

Well finally there is a transfer tool.
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08 Mar 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Is that software worth using? What if XP users wants some unsupported files be left deleted?
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09 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
 
 

Ok, here it is. I just completed the transfer from an XP machine to a 32-bit Win 7 machine.

First off, it is a live transfer (machine to machine) over your local network. It does not create a transfer file, you cannot use it to upgrade a single computer from XP to 7.

Secondly, it is SLOW! I transfered 3gb of data, it took 2 hours!

Third, it does NOT transfer any programs. That is reserved for the Pro version, which is for sale.

It did run without problems. It transfered documents, pictures, favorites (including favorites bar), desktop contents and wallpaper. It did place the pictures and documents in the correct folders.

In conclusion, this piece of software is without value. It did not do anything that can't be done with a flash drive in 1/10 the time.


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