How to use PCmover Express to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 8 or 7
On April 8 Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. This means that after more than ten years of existence of this OS, the company will stop releasing security patches, fixes, and support, both paid and free.
Nevertheless, loved by millions of users operating system to work will not cease, but becomes even more vulnerable to viruses, spyware, malware and other attacks. In this regard, Microsoft strongly recommends that you go to one of the new versions of the operating system – Windows 8 or Windows 7. Many users, perhaps, would be happy to do that, but they are deterred by the hassle associated with transferring personal files and settings to a new computer. Because of this, Microsoft in partnership with Laplink has offered XP users a simple, fast and free tool to transfer data to their new PC.
Laplink PCmover Express is a free tool with which anyone can easily transfer their data (documents, photos, music, videos, settings and other files) from your old computer to the new one. To implement this process, the program must be installed on the source computer (Windows XP) and on the target (Windows 8 or Windows 7). The steps below will show you how to use PCmover Express.
Important: PCmover Express will not be able to transfer your programs to a new PC.
First, make sure that both computers are connected to the same network (WiFi or LAN); disable the firewall and all apps for security. In addition, before proceeding, disable any settings (sleep mode, for example), which can cause shutdown the PC during the process.
On the Windows XP computer, start your browser and open this web page on the Microsoft website to download PCmover Express.
Install PCmover Express on a Windows XP computer and also on a PC with Windows 8 or Windows 7. Installation is very simple, you just press next, next, next… it’s Also possible that you will need to install Microsoft Visual C++. If this is your case, just go to this page to download and install this software.
Start PCmover Express, click «Next», then click «PC to PC Transfer» and then click «Next».
Choose computer (Windows XP), from where you want to migrate your data and click «Next».
Since you are using the free version of PCmover Express, choose «Wi-Fi or Wired Network» and again click «Next».
Next, the program will analyze your computer to collect and prepare all data for migration to a new machine. Once this process is complete, go to your PC with Windows 8 or Windows 7.
Install and run PCmover Express on your new computer, click «Next» choose «Windows 8 / Windows 7» and click «Next».
Next, be sure to sign up in Laplink. Fortunately, for this you just need to enter your name and email address. After click «Next».
Now select «WiFi or Wired Network» and click «Next».
On the next screen, the program should automatically fill in the computer name with Windows XP. If this does not happened on Windows XP go to the start menu, right-click your mouse on «My computer», choose «Properties», click tab «computer Name» and see the full name of your computer. Then go back to the new PC and PCmover Express enter a name in the «Network Name». Now click «Next».
The program will start the analysis of the computer and then prompts you to choose whether to move the user accounts from the old PC. I would recommend not to do it, but you decide. If you do not want user accounts have been moved to the new computer, click «User Account Selections», select the account and click «Don’t transfer the user». Repeat the process for each account and click «Next».
In the next step, the screen will be a window that prompts you to install additional tools from Microsoft to the new system. Just choose «Don’t install any new software on my new PC» and click «Next» to begin the file transfer process.
Depending on the number of photos, settings and other files, the transfer process can take several hours and once the process is complete, you will be able to see the report. Then click «Finish» to exit the program and restart the computer.
That’s it! If for any reason you change your mind to transfer your files, you can always cancel the process.