With Image Assistant, we are not replacing disk image software in use, but rather we are making that software – and existing images – useful in context of Windows 7.
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) April 14, 2010
Laplink Software, Inc. today announced the release date of PCmover Image Assistant™, the only software capable of restoring a disk image (or the contents of an actual hard drive) to a computer running a different operating system.
Available on May 26, PCmover Image Assistant will function as a companion to a user’s imaging software, supplementing it to fill a gap in current imaging technology. This revolutionary software allows for “operating system independent restore” functionality; for example, an image from a computer running Windows XP can be restored to a PC running Windows 7 without overwriting the new operating system.
According to Gartner Inc., just over 180 million PCs will be replaced this year alone. Roughly 70% of these older PCs run Windows XP or Windows Vista, while the majority of new PCs are now equipped with the increasingly popular Windows 7. This means that over the course of 2010, close to 130 million PC users will transition from an older Windows operation system to Windows 7.
And with this transition comes an unanticipated complication: every image of a PC running Windows Vista, XP, 2000 or some other older operating system will be rendered useless.
“The big misconception about disk imaging software is that once you create an image of your PC, you’re safe,” said Laplink CEO Thomas Koll. “The idea that you can always restore an image is false. Current disk imaging technology limits restoration so the user is stuck with their existing operating system. They are trapped. But we’re changing that.”
PCmover Image Assistant is designed to work with a user’s favorite imaging software and features complete selectivity over folders, files and application, creating a entirely customizable restoration for every user. Provided the image to be restored can be read by the Windows File System and the PC accepting that image is pathed to the location of the image, Image Assistant can facilitate the independent restore process .
For those PC users updating to a new Windows 7 PC, out of choice or necessity, or just upgrading their current computer, PCmover Image Assistant solves the “trapped image” problem. The image of their old XP or Vista PC, with all their data, files and programs, is no longer obsolete – it can now be restored to a Windows 7 PC without overwriting the new operating system.
“This is a new generation of imaging technology,” said Koll. “With Image Assistant, we are not replacing disk image software currently in use, but rather we are making that software – and existing images – useful in the context of Windows 7.”
Read more about the history and development of disk imaging technology and Laplink’s role at http://blog.laplink.com/.
About Laplink Software Inc.
For nearly 30 years, Laplink has been the leader in providing software used for PC migration, remote access, file transfer, and synchronization. The privately-held company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
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