IntelliMover review: IntelliMover

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The Good Includes a USB cable for fast transfers; easy to set up and use; performs flawless migrations.

The Bad Doesn't move entire applications, settings for only 47 apps; costs $10 to $20 more than the competition; no undo feature.

The Bottom Line IntelliMover is fast, foolproof, and the easiest migration tool we've used. If you just need to migrate files and application settings, IntelliMover is the high-IQ choice.

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When you don't need to migrate every bit and byte from your old PC to the new--that brand-new box has plenty of preinstalled programs on it, and half the stuff on the old machine is junk anyway--go the selective route. Use IntelliMover. This choosy migration utility steals settings from 47 popular programs, as well as such Windows configurations as your taskbar and desktop shortcuts, from one PC and moves them to another. IntelliMover's $60 price is on the high side, but the package includes a USB cable (a $30 value) for fast transfers. When we want to migrate settings and files but not old applications, IntelliMover is the name on the van that pulls up to our PCs. When you don't need to migrate every bit and byte from your old PC to the new--that brand-new box has plenty of preinstalled programs on it, and half the stuff on the old machine is junk anyway--go the selective route. Use IntelliMover. This choosy migration utility steals settings from 47 popular programs, as well as such Windows configurations as your taskbar and desktop shortcuts, from one PC and moves them to another. IntelliMover's $60 price is on the high side, but the package includes a USB cable (a $30 value) for fast transfers. When we want to migrate settings and files but not old applications, IntelliMover is the name on the van that pulls up to our PCs.

Easy migration
Installing IntelliMover is about as tough as falling out of bed. A wizard walks you through every step on both the old and new PCs, warns you more than once not to plug in the bundled cable until you're told, and, except for a few places where you're asked for your input, handles the job without bothering you. If you're looking for a migration tool for the untechnically minded, this is it.

IntelliMover comes in two editions: one bundles a parallel cable and is suitable for Windows 95; the other includes a USB cable, which dramatically speeds up transfers but can be used only with Windows 98 and later. The latter costs $10 more ($60) than the former, but the speed boost, typically three to four times faster, is worth it.

Selective moves
IntelliMover migrates Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, or XP, but, as with most such utilities, only to the same or a later version of the OS. (For most users, that's the only migration that makes sense, since they're moving files and settings from an old PC to new one.)

Unlike massive digital U-Haulers such as Aloha Bob, IntelliMover doesn't move actual applications or the entire contents of a hard drive; instead, it transfers the settings of 47 applications, including Act, AOL, Microsoft Word, and WordPerfect Office, plus selected document files and general Windows settings that determine things such as desktop wallpaper, shortcuts, the position of the taskbar, and mouse configuration.

Moving all this is a breeze--we finished our first test migration between Windows Me and XP machines in less than 25 minutes--and in our real-world tests, it was foolproof. After installing IntelliMover on the old PC (the one you're moving stuff from), you simply walk through the wizard. IntelliMover sniffs through the hard drive and locates all settings and file formats that can be moved, lets you review and deselect any you don't want, then builds the file package that it will transfer. At the new PC (the one you're moving files to), you install IntelliMover and click through a few screens before you're told to connect the cable. It's all hands off--you don't need to install drivers to enable the cable transfer--and IntelliMover does the rest. You'll need to reboot the new PC when the transfer's through, and that's it.

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