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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Avoid a migration meltdown-
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.
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). Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
2Top tools and strategies-
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.
Let's face it: Patching is kind of boring. But that doesn't mean it's not important. To help keep Windows 7 secure and simultaneously prevent you from falling asleep at your desk, take a look at the many third-party alternatives. Continue Reading
Group Policy and System Center don't always cut the mustard (or fit budgets) when it comes to desktop management. Vendors such as ManageEngine and Quest Software have stepped up to fill the void. Continue Reading
3Terms and definitions-
Windows 7 glossary
Brush up on your Windows terminology and dive deeper into the operating system with these definitions.