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Windows 7 guide: Before, during and after migration

Whether you've finally decided to take the plunge and migrate off Windows XP or you've been using Windows 7 since the OS came out, this Windows 7 guide has advice and strategies that can help make your job easier.

As the end of support for Windows XP approaches and IT shops and users debate the merits and shortcomings of Windows 8, many organizations have found Windows 7 to be reliable even if it's not without challenges. We've gathered advice in this Windows 7 guide on how to migrate from Windows XP, deploy Windows 7 and assess whether Microsoft's operating system meets your needs.

Read tips on Windows 7 troubleshooting, third-party tools and security, and bone up on relevant terminology. Is there any coverage of Windows 7 or other desktop and endpoint technology you'd like us to cover? Email us at

Avoid a migration meltdown

1. Migrating to Windows 7

Migrations can be tedious, time-consuming and wrought with frustration. Migrating off of Windows XP to Windows 7 is particularly tough, but it can be done. With careful planning, solid best practices, good migration tools and advice from IT administrators who have made the leap, your migration can go smoothly.

  • Advice for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration stragglers

    If your shop is one of the many that still hasn't moved off XP yet, take this sage advice under consideration: Focus on migrating applications, user data and system compatibility, rather than on the OS itself).


  • Gearing up for an XP-to-7 migration

    Before you dive into a migration off Windows XP to Windows 7, it's important to understand why migrating is a good idea, what hurdles you'll have to overcome, and how you'll need to prep your staff, infrastructure and users.


  • Best practices for migrating off XP to Windows 7 or 8

    It's time to start looking at an alternative to Windows XP whether you're planning to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Consider best practices such as upgrading older hardware, prioritizing applications and data, and finding ways to incorporate new technology into your business.


  • Tools to ease migrations to Windows 7

    Migrations are never easy, but various tools at different price points can make migrating to Windows 7 a little easier. Options include Laplink PC mover, Zinstall and Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit.

    Learning Guide

  • Checklist: Upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 7

    You know the best practices and you're ready to migrate off Windows Vista or XP to Windows 7. Luckily, your to-do list is pretty short now. Check out these five easy steps for a smooth upgrade.


  • Four lessons learned from deploying Windows 7

    What important hardware-related lessons have IT admins learned from deploying Windows 7? For example, you might not always need a total refresh, disks are still the bottleneck and multiple monitors can boost productivity.


  • Conversion guide: Windows XP to Windows 7

    Windows 7 can seem like a huge change from Windows XP. Regular end users may not have as much trouble as power users and admins looking for commands and operations, but this handy conversion guide can help.

    Fast Guide

Top tools and strategies

2. Windows 7 tips and tricks

Now that you're running Windows 7, you probably have some questions: How can I automate deployment? How do I require users to enter Ctl-Alt-Delete to log in? How can I recreate SteadyState? Does the operating system live up to its promises? Check out these tips and tricks to find what you're looking for in Windows 7 and create the user experience that you want.

Terms and definitions

3. Windows 7 glossary

Brush up on your Windows terminology and dive deeper into the operating system with these definitions.