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Freebie Wednesday: A migration utility, a password manager and a Windows book

From the Cheapskate: Free stuff! Everything here would normally run you close to $90. What's not to like?

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Put your wallets away, cheeps! I come to you today with three great deals that won't cost you a dime. Nor a nickel. Not even a penny.

First up: the awkwardly named but wholly invaluable Easeus Todo PCTrans Pr0 9.0 for Windows. Regular price: $39.95. Your price: free!


This is a brand-new, just-released version of the utility, which helps you migrate from one PC, hard drive or partition to another. So, for example, if you're finally ditching your tired old Windows 7 machine for a shiny new Windows 10 one, this will transfer all your programs, settings and data.

You could also use this when swapping a pokey old hard drive for a blazing new SSD. Your free single license is good for two PCs.

Now for the terms and conditions: This version doesn't include updates or tech support, and you must activate it (using the license code you'll receive upon supplying your name and email address) before the giveaway ends tomorrow.

To clarify, if you don't activate it, you'll be left with the trial or free edition, not Pro. And I will gleefully point this out to the readers who inevitably write to tell me I bait-and-switched them because, "This isn't the Pro version, it's just a trial!"

Who you calling 'dummy'?


You don't have to cop to being a dummy to enjoy the Dummies series of how-to books -- especially when they're free.

For a limited time, TradePub is offering Wiley's "Windows 10 at Work for Dummies" free in exchange for some information about you and your place of biz. This is the digital edition of the book, provided here as a PDF. It has a list price of $26.99 and Kindle price of $17.99. So, yeah, free? Pretty, pretty good.

Published last September, the 392-page book covers all aspects of Windows 10 operation (and not just work-related stuff). It illustrates new features and breaks down over 300 tasks into core steps. The overarching goal is to help you work smarter (and therefore faster) in the new OS.

Indeed, this should prove very handy for anyone making the aforementioned migration to Windows 10.

Life in the Dash lane

Everyone needs a password manager, but not everyone can agree on which one is best. I've tried tons of them, and my unfortunate conclusion is that Dashlane is best.

Why unfortunate? Because it costs $40 per year. Ugh. But if you want to see for yourself whether it's worth it, SharewareOnSale has a six-month Dashlane Premium license for free.

Make no mistake: There are cheaper alternatives. Lots and lots of folks love Lastpass, a steal at just $12 per year. And I'll be the first to admit that with the recent 4.0 update, Dashlane's interface took a turn for the worse.

But. Again. You can try it free for six months and see what you think. Even with the newly clunkified interface, it's one of the most powerful password managers out there. And, hey, maybe sometime between now and October, another deal will emerge.

OK, cheeps! Who's downloading what?