Windows is the most widely used commercial operating system available today and Microsoft releases new versions of it every few years. This means that as soon as a new version of Windows comes out, users will be clamoring to upgrade their computers to it. If you have upgraded your version of Microsoft Windows among different computer systems or within the same system, you will know what a hassle it is to move all your files and settings from the old installation to the new one. It is extremely difficult to manually move all your files and settings into the virtually unknown file system of the new Operating System.
This problem springs up when a user is attempting to move files from Windows Vista to Windows 7 as well. Settings such as registry values, activation keys and user preferences are virtually impossible to move from Windows Vista to Windows 7 for someone who does not have technical expertise. As Windows 7 is the newest operating system and not fully documented, it would be very easy if there were some method to transfer files and settings without having to do it manually.
There are many software solutions available to accomplish this, the first and easiest being to use migration software. A good example for such a migration software application is Laplink PCMover.
Laplink PCmover makes it possible to move files within the same computer to a different hard drive or to a different installation of Windows 7. It also allows file transfer to a brand new computer (which has Windows 7 installed) via USB cable. The process is easy and takes little time, as Laplink PCMover will copy files in increments of 4GB each to maximize speed and minimize data loss. Along with files, Laplink PCMover also transfers registry settings, programs and personal user settings such as browser settings, desktop background, favorites and bookmarks. All network and internet settings which make your computer your own personal workspace will also be migrated to the new installation of Windows 7, along with Media play lists and images. This saves you a large amount of time and hassle, and as Laplink PCMover is available for a minimal fee, it is easy on the budget as well. Learn more about Laplink PCmover Here.
However, if you are looking for a free method to migrate from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the best way is to do it is to perform an ‘upgrade’ type installation of Windows 7 on to your computer. This will apply your old settings, software, registry entries and preferences to the new installation of Windows 7. However, only Windows Vista Home Premium can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, and the same goes for the Professional versions of these two operating systems.
The Laplink Pro version comes with a transfer cable. You would need to order the box version to get the free transfer cable.
If you’re considering using PCmover you should check out the below links for helpful advice. I have used the program many times and even have a video walk through