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Review: Laplink Provides Networking For Small Business And Home

Laplink provides a suite of products that transfer settings between PCs, link up PCs via a variety of connection types, defend against attacks, and more. How well do they work?


The need to upgrade from one PC to another, in order to upgrade the operating system, add new hardware capacities, or move up to the latest processor, is something most users dread. At best it means reinstalling your applications and moving your data files. More often it means remembering which applications and versions you've installed, finding the original CDs, registration numbers, updates, and then recreating user settings.

PCmover is designed to handle the process for you, as long as you are moving to the same or newer operating system (Microsoft Windows only). Transfer options include connecting through a standard Ethernet network, USB, serial, or parallel cable, or removable media including CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW.

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While I usually opt to reinstall applications to a clean operating system so that any registry issues or accumulated operating system problems are left behind, PCmover proved to be quicker and much easier than reinstalling, patching, and reestablishing user options.

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