Microsoft makes it relatively easy to upgrade to new versions of Windows, but not if you’re upgrading your hardware at the same time.
To make the process of moving programs and data to a new Win8 machine less time-consuming, Laplink now has PCmover with Windows 8 support.
Is your hardware suitable for Windows 8?
Before committing to new hardware, consider whether you actually need it. Windows 8’s recommended minimum configuration is relatively reasonable. If Vista or Windows 7 is comfortably running on your current machine, Windows 8 should, too. Simply upgrade the OS.
Microsoft’s minimum recommendation for its new operating system is:
- Processor: 1GHz or faster
- RAM: 1GB for Win8 x32, 2GB for x64
- Free hard-drive space: 16GB for Win8 x32, 20GB for x64
- Graphics: DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
On the other hand, if you’re finally giving up on that old XP system and you want to move your kit and caboodle to a new computer, PCmover could save you hours of moving data and reinstalling applications. Yes, you can save a few bucks and do it all manually, but why not take advantage of automation? I have better things to occupy my time than responding to endless installation prompts — and I bet you do, too.
Setting up PCmover on the old and new systems
Before installing PCmover, you have a decision. Do you want the U.S. $40 Home or $60 Professional version of the app? Both versions will move your applications, data, and configurations, but Professional also lets you do the following:
- Select folders on multiple hard drives
- Move multiple user profiles
- Rescue hard-drive contents from a nonworking computer
- Restore an old PC image to a new operating system
- Transfer domain users on a network
That pretty much takes care of the hard thinking. From there on, PCmover does an admirable job of walking you through installing and configuring the program for your transfer. It also gives you a surprising amount of control over the process.