Microsoft offers PCMover Express for free to help transfer old PC files to Windows 10

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for consumer Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs from now until July 29, 2016. However, what if you want to transfer files from an old PC to a new one with Windows 10 already installed? Microsoft has got that covered as well with a free download of Laplink's PCMover Express software.

From now until August 31, 2016, Microsoft will offer the software for non-commercial PC users to help them transfer files from an old PC to Windows 10 (it will also work for moving files to a new Windows 8.1 PC as well). It will not allow for transfers of full applications.

Laplink states:

"Laplink previously worked with Microsoft to provide Windows users with migration software in support of Windows XP customers moving to new Windows PCs. According to Thomas Koll, Laplink's CEO, extending this relationship to Windows 10 was an easy decision."We're fully committed to this relationship with Microsoft in support of all Windows users," said Koll. "Our latest version of PCmover makes it easier than ever for customers running Windows XP, all the way to the latest release of Windows 10, to migrate their personal files, folders, and other settings to their new PC."

You can download the free version of PCMover Express at Microsoft's website (opens in new tab).

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab); LapLink

26 Comments
  • Just copy the Users folder?
  • Laplink quote in the article states it transfers files, folders and other settings too.
  • Yeah, he doesn't know what he's talking about. If you copied your users folder, you're gonna copy a lot of crap you shouldn't copy over a long with some stuff you might. Hell you'll copy over all the shortcuts on your desktop for one, and since your applicatiopns won't copy over, this would be bad.
  • But you can just delete them right? When I did a upgrade from my grandfathers PC, I copied his Users folder to an external hard drive, installed Windows 10 and then looked in the backup for the files he'll need later, like his documents and photos. I didn't copy the rest of his files (like desktop shortcuts) so no junk for him. And sure, I could have just copied the files he would need. Why would you even consider software for such easy tasks?
  • Because the software is free and it saves time. So I can click a button, have everything copied over, instead of copying, and then sorting through on my own. It's faster that way. Why would you even copy the whole folder if you're going to go through it and delete anyway? Why not go through the folders and copy only what you need to the HDD?
  • Like I said: "I could have just copied the files he would need". And really, how long does my method take? A minute?
  • @Brecht Collins, The users folder contains other unnecessary files that build up over time with application installs, their cache files and temp files made by the O/S. Especially since many malware / adware reside in said temp directories. So just blindly copying the users folder is a no go.
  • Sweeet...
  • Sound like an old program from 2001......
  • LapLink is an old dog.
  • Yes. I used to have parallel cable and laplink software onboard. And that was early 2000's
  • last I remember belkin took over that job. but it faster to use either cat. 5e/6 in-between to PCs Posted via the Windows Central App for Android On W10
  • I thought the same. Not heard of them forever
  • Junk program, it is
  • It's unfortunate that WET (Windows Easy Transfer) got cut in Win8. That tool was the best way to transfer files from XP/Vista/7 machines and easily could've done that for 8+.
  • Is it really that hard for people to just copy their files? I must admit not having used any software like this before, but I assume you need to point out the location of your files anyway (the alternative results in a lot of additional junk files).
  • Whatever happened to the ability to transfer applications or have I just been hallucinating that functionality post the good old DOS/Windows days?
  • Not sure if this program also install some malware
  • Or how about you just sign in with a Microsoft account, put all your important files in OneDrive, let it sync and call it a day?
  • That's what I was gonna say, lol
  • Because some people don't have infinite OneDrive storage space.
  • Also if you are able to get a Windows 8 (not 8.1) iso image or disc, you should be able to find migwiz (WET/Windows Easy Transfer) in X:\Support\Migwiz Copy the Migwiz folder and its contents. You can put it on a USB and run this on Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and use it as we always have to backup and migrate your data/profile. Just note that moving 7 to 8 or later will not copy settings but will copy data. I work in IT and this has been a life saver for backing up user data and transfers from users going from Windows 7 to 8.1 Also it should be known that C:\Users and structure are identical from Windows 7 onward. The tool should also create a shortcut on your new desktop for applications you may want to reinstall (listing from old machine) to keep it simple.
  • Windows 8/10 is a huge step back when backing up user profiles. I miss Windows Easy Transfer.
  • if you are able to get a Windows 8 (not 8.1) iso image or disc, you should be able to find migwiz (WET/Windows Easy Transfer) in X:\Support\Migwiz Copy the Migwiz folder and its contents. You can put it on a USB and run this on Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and use it as we always have to backup and migrate your data/profile. Just note that moving 7 to 8 or later will not copy settings but will copy data.
  • Time to pull out the null modem
  • It's free, yes, but looks like it doesn't do much that I couldn't do with a USB stick or Dropbox, so I guess you get what you pay for. I have previously used this tutorial, which allows to transfer programs, settings, files, and works fine in a domain as well: How to transfer programs and files to new PC Hope this helps!