PCmover is migration utility from Laplink that lets you quickly move pre-installed software applications, files and program settings from an old PC to your new computer. PCmover works with all versions of Windows from 95 to Vista.

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You may also use PC-mover to transfer files from a Windows PC to an Intel-based Mac running Windows XP via Apple Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Install the PCmover software on both computers and connect them over a LAN, wireless network or any parallel cable. Follow the instructions in the wizard and the selected programs, files and settings will automatically get transferred.

If you’re donating the old PC and moving to a new computer, PC-mover can help you retain commercial software like Microsoft Office or Adobe programs (and even games) by moving these applications to the new computer. And if you don’t have a home network or a connection cable, you can still migrate programs via CD or DVD disks.

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The software costs ~$50 but you can download a licensed version for free today only from laplink.com as part of their 25th anniversary.

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