Migrating your data and settings from your old PC or OS to a new
one is relatively easy. Microsoft even provides several versions a
free utility called Windows Easy
Transfer to facilitate the task. Moving your programs is
another matter. Of course you can reinstall them all yourself–an
easy, but somewhat labor-intensive task–or you can use a program
such as PCmover Image Assistant ($40, buy-only). Promising as it
sounded at first, this program may not save you much time or
Alas, PCmover Image Assistant appears to be an exercise in
marketing hype rather than a new and unique program. From the
advertising and marketing pitch, I was thinking the program would
deal directly with image files. However, it turns out that the
image has to be mounted as a virtual hard drive, which must be done
with your own software or with Laplink’s included DiskImage
Beyond the fact that it transfers only from mounted virtual hard
drives, IA is basically a cheaper version of the competent PCmover
Professional application I reviewed in October 2009. PCmover
carefully guides you through the process. My major caveat is to
study the list of programs to be transferred carefully and avoid
transferring stuff you no longer need.
PCmover Image Assistant works, but I have a difficult time
seeing the need for it unless you have lost the install disc for an
important piece of software. By the time you’ve installed the
program, learned how to use it, created, transferred, mounted
and/or converted an image, you could have copied your documents and
settings using Windows Easy Transfer via a Flash drive and manually
reinstalled all of your software.
Note: The serial number you purchase is good
for one PC only and must be validated over the Internet or phone.
If you want to use the program on another machine, you’ll have to
buy another serial number.
–Jon L. Jacobi