PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Worked VERY well for WinXP to Win7 migration"

    July 28, 2012  |   By bob-atkins

    Pros

    Straight forward installation
    Good step-by-step instructions
    Packed up everything without difficulty on a VERY large system with >100 programs and applications.
    Unpacked everything without any problem.
    Is very efficient - doesn't copy things that it can move but gives you the option to do so.

    Cons

    Crash (BoD) after reboot that was likely caused by the restoration of a 32 bit remote viewer app, Netopia Timbuktu. I was able to recover by booting the Last Known Good configuration - whew!
    Moved pictures from one of the user's accounts into the Administrator's account for some unknown reason.

    Summary

    Overall, I'm pretty impressed with how well PC Mover worked. I have a true acid test system with over 100 installed programs and applications ranging from Win 2K and unregistered CAD programs to numerous installed versions of the same program. I have a huge number of files and several users defined on the system. I have remote viewing applications, scanner, webcam, fancy Logitech keyboard and mouse, huge sets of bookmarks - could go on.

    I was dreading the upgrade process to Win 7 for months. PC Mover did an excellent job overall. The crash that I refer to above was most likely due to the loading of a 32 bit remote viewing package once known as Netopia, Timbuktu which was a 10 year old version of the software dating back to Win2K days. Thankfully the Win 7 'Boot Last Known Good configuration' worked as I had not yet configure System Restore points.

    I would highly recommend creating a system restore point BEFORE unpacking the PC Mover VAN file just in case something gets restored that causes your new system to choke and crash. A Restore Point will give you more flexibility for recovery than just the plain old "Last known config" boot option.

    I am impressed with how well PC Mover handled the huge task. All of the installed software under Win XP. Everything was moved instead of copied as one would expect for an in place move however, at the time of unpacking the VAN file, you have the option to select whether you want to move or copy the files to their new locations.

    All of the installed software shows up correctly under Win 7. All of the various custom registry entries that were made also showed up in Win 7. PC Mover made recommendation for what not to move but left the option for you to move them if you wanted to take the chance.

    The 'packing' process was relatively fast considering how much there was to pack up. I was expecting the moving 'van' file to be very large (many Gigs) however, instead the file was quite small (about 12M) so it only contained the file locations and registry entries and not the actually file data. Very efficient.

    I was able to run several packing sessions that created multiple moving van files that I put in different places just to see how the program worked. Each packing session took about 20 minutes. I saved my final moving van file in 3 different locations just to make sure.

    The one significant glitch was that all of the pictures from one of the user accounts got moved into the Administrator's account on the Win 7 machine. Very puzzling failure since *everything* else was moved correctly. I can see how this could cause quite a problem to someone who isn't capable of accessing the Admin account to change settings or provide access the Pictures folder under the admin account on the new Win 7 machine. I was able to move the folders over myself so it wasn't a huge problem. All I had to do was drag and drop the folders from the Admin's Pictures folder back into the user's picture folder and the problem was solved.

    I would definitely recommend this program!

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