Upgrading a PC to use the new Windows 7 operating systems takes so much time and skill that few people will be able to do it, says Business Week's Stephen Wildstrom. In fact, upgrading is not an option for users of Windows XP.
Buying a new computer doesn't make PC users' work much easier. They still have to find and reinstall all of their applications.
Now, Laplink's PCmover simplifies these tasks. For a mere $20, one version helps you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 on an existing computer. A $40 version of PCmover Home handles either an upgrade or a transfer to a new computer. The $60 Professional edition offers more control.
PCmover stores information it will transfer on the built-in hard drive or on an external hard drive. When setting up a new computer, you link the new and old machines with a USB cable. Adobe professional programs should be deactivated before moving.