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Roxanne updated on Nov 05, 2020 to PC TransferHow-to Articles

Free Alternatives to PCmover:
About PCMover Express
6 PCMover Express Alternative Software
2 Manual & Free PCMover Alternative Ways to Transfer Data

About PCMover Express

PCmover, known as PCmover Express, supports to move files, settings and user profiles to a new computer for free. It's provided by Microsoft and Laplink after the deprecation of Windows Easy Transfer.

With the increasing demand for data and application transfer among computers, Laplink's PCmover stands out among those data migration tools.

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Here are the details of this software:

Pros:

  • Support Files, Data, and Settings Transferring
  • Support User Profile Migration
  • Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP
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Cons:

  • Doesn't Support Applications
  • Doesn't Support Image Transfer
  • Not Free ($29.95)

However, it still has cons that many users tend to find alternative software to replace PCMover. If you are looking for a free alternative to replace PCMover Express, read on and you'll find the best solution.

Part 1. 6 Free PCMover Express Alternative Software

The following 6 recommended software can assist you in performing free and effective file, application, program, and settings between PCs.

No. 1 EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a free PC transfer software that moves data, applications, and accounts from one computer to another in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Pros:

  • Free
  • Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019.
  • Support Free File Transfer (500MB)
  • Support Free Application Transfer between PCs (2 Apps)
  • Support Transfer Apps to Local Disk (2 Apps)

Cons: For unlimited transfer, users need to upgrade to EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro.

Here's a video tutorial about how to use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to transfer files, applications, settings, etc. between PCs:

No. 2 Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer was provided Microsoft to help Windows users copy their files, photos, music, e-mail, settings, and more from a computer running Windows XP to a computer running Windows 7.

Download link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-hk/download/details.aspx?id=4503

Pros:

  • Free
  • Support File Transfer
  • Support Settings Transfer
  • Support Windows 7/XP(32bit only)
  • Three transfer modes - Easy Transfer Cable, removable medial and network

Cons:

  • Doesn't support transfer application
  • It doesn't support Windows 10/8.1/8 and Windows Server.

No.3 Clone App

Clone App is designed to back up and restore some Windows built-in applications, third-party software, and programs that are related to peoples' daily life and job to a new PC for free. It even supports to transfer the license to the target PC.

Download link: http://www.mirinsoft.com/ca

Pros:

  • Free
  • Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista
  • Support to clone applications and application data

Cons: Doesn't support file transfer.

No. 4 Zinstall WinWin

Zinstall WinWin transfers all of your stuff from your old computer to your new one: your programs, documents, music, pictures, favorites, emails, accounts, settings - and of course all of your files.

Download link: http://www.zinstall.com/products/zinstall-winwin

Pros:

  • Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP
  • Support transfer programs
  • Support transfer settings
  • Support transfer profiles
  • Support transfer files

Cons:

  • It's more like a disk cloning process between PCs.
  • It's not 100% free.

No. 5 ForensiT TrannsWiz

Transwiz makes it easy to transfer your personal data and settings to a new computer. It supports you in backing up and restoring user profiles, convert Windows 7 profiles to Windows 10 and back up additional folder locations.

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Download link: http://www.forensit.com/move-computer.html

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Pros:

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  • Free
  • Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP
  • Support transfer profile data - personal data and settings

Cons:

  • Doesn't support file transfer
  • Doesn't support application transfer

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No. 6 File Backup and Clone Software - EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup enables you to transfer personal files, account settings to a new PC via its System Transfer feature. You can also apply this tool to clone a whole hard disk data to the target new PC as a way to transfer data between PCs.

Download link: https://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html

Pros:

  • Free
  • Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP
  • Support transfer data via File Backup
  • Support transfer settings, accounts and application via System Transfer

Cons: Can't directly transfer application transferred on a none-system drive to another PC.

Part 2. Two Manual Ways to Repace PCmover and Transfer Data

If you want to transfer data only to another computer without using software or a third-party tool, to manually copy files or move the data hard drive from an old computer to a new computer can be your best choice.

You can follow either way here to move your files to another computer:

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Way 1. Manually Copy Files to Another Computer

To do so, you'll need to use an empty external hard drive or USB flash drive and connect it to the source computer.

Step 1. Copy and paste the whole folder or directory of files from source PC to the external hard drive or USB drive.

Step 2. Unplug the external storage device and connect it to your target computer.

Step 3. Copy and move files from the USB or external hard drive to another computer.

Way 2. Install Data Hard Drive to New PC as Second Hard Drive

Assembling the old hard drive to a new computer is a hard method for transferring data.

Be careful when you follow the tips below:

Step 1. Locate the data hard drive on the source computer and shut it down.

Step 2. Open the computer case, unplug and take out 'the hard drive' from the old computer.

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Step 3. Insert the data hard drive into the new computer as a second hard drive.

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Step 4. Boot the new computer and the old hard drive will show up on the new computer in Windows File Explorer.

After this, you can check the old hard drive and make use of your data on the new computer again.

To Sum Up

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The article offers 6 alternative software and 2 manual ways to replace PCmover to transfer data, setting, software between computers.

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For the best free application transfer between two PCs, EaseUS Todo PCtrans is the best choice among all Windows and Windows Server systems.