Laplink Simplifies XP-to-Windows-7 Migration

Last Updated Oct 6, 2010 9:41 AM EDT

As you probably know by now, Windows 7 doesn't offer an "in-place" upgrade option for Windows XP users. But a special new version of Laplink's PCmover does, and it'll cost you a mere $30.

As you may know, PCmover was designed primarily for transferring apps, data, settings, and the like from old PCs to new ones. The just-announced PCmover Upgrade Assistant will allow in-place upgrades from Windows 2000, XP, or 32-bit Vista to Windows 7.



It's due to go on sale at Laplink's Web site starting Oct. 1, with retail availability expected around Oct. 20. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting on specific details, like how much drive space is required for the migration, whether you need to supply an external drive, and so on. Still, it's nice to know there's an inexpensive option for those who want it.

On the other hand, I'm a big fan of clean installs, so I'm probably not the target audience for PCmover. What about you? Answer to a prayer, or too risky for your tastes?

While you're thinking that over, check out these other posts on upgrading to Windows 7:
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