Windows 7 migration guide

Need a little direction for your Windows 7 migration? This guide will point you on the right path and introduce the pros and cons that come with the move.

The pressure of whether to migrate to Windows 7 is weighing heavily on organizations that are still in procrastination

mode. But whether you've made the move or not, it's important to know what Windows 7 can offer enterprise desktops, as well as where it falls short.

This guide includes tips and advice on everything you need to know, including planning and troubleshooting essentials, as well as enterprise desktop migrations in a VDI environment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Essentials | Migration path | Troubleshooting | Virtualization

 
MIGRATION ESSENTIALS

A migration to Windows 7 has its fair share of payoffs but requires two things -- planning and execution. These steps become even more crucial for organizations migrating hundreds or even thousands of desktops to the new operating system, so know the basics before making the big move.

Ten essentials for enterprise desktop migrations to Windows 7
Planning is crucial to any successful desktop migration. Start by considering these fundamentals as you prepare for a move to Windows 7.

Back to basics: Planning a migration to Windows 7

Checklist: Upgrading to Windows 7 from XP or Vista
There may not be a concrete path for migrating every enterprise desktop to Windows 7, but there are ways to have a hassle-free commute from Windows XP and Vista.

Preparing applications for a Windows 7 migration
Desktop applications that ran flawlessly in Windows XP or Vista may be defective in Windows 7, but planning ahead can help minimize -- and even solve -- these problems.

 
THE PATH TO WINDOWS 7

There are many forks on the road to Windows 7, whether you're migrating from Windows XP, Vista or elsewhere. As such, there are several questions that should be answered before making the move, as well as some important considerations such as security and compatibility.

Migrating from Windows XP

Bidding XP adieu, welcoming Windows 7
If you're concerned about software compatibility and manageability with Windows 7, don't fret. These troubles have mostly been solved, and the real challenge is deployment.

More: Options for Windows XP's end of life

Securing XP before a Windows 7 upgrade
Ensure the continued security of your Windows XP system by setting up security standards, processes and guidelines long before upgrading to Windows 7.

From XP to Windows 7: How to plan the migration
Many enterprises are jumping on the Windows 7 bandwagon. Before you make the leap, consider architecture and application compatibility, among other factors.

More: Tools to ease enterprise migrations

Using P2V Migration for Windows 7 upgrades
P2V Migration for Software Assurance automates the Windows 7 migration process and preserves XP applications and data. Its limitations, however, may be a deal breaker.

Migrating from Windows Vista

Vista shops eye quick path to Windows 7
Windows enterprises running Vista may embrace Windows 7 quickly, but IT managers still on XP are staying loyal for as long as they can.

Do Vista annoyances pose a threat to Windows 7?
Vista had its fair share of quirks that admins feared would plague its successor, Windows 7. So has Microsoft remedied these problems?

 
WINDOWS 7 TROUBLESHOOTING

Enhanced security and feature add-ons are some of Window 7's most talked-about components, but they also leave room for system errors and crashes. The workarounds for these issues are an admin's best bets for troubleshooting success.

FAQ: Troubleshooting Windows 7 errors
As more organizations opt for Windows 7, system errors and crashes are bound to become more commonplace. Use this list to resolve your Windows 7 troubles.

Six Windows 7 security glitches you might not know about
Although Windows 7 is considered Microsoft's most secure operating system, it still comes with its own set of security flaws.

Common Windows 7 application-compatibility issues
There are several ways to solve Windows 7 incompatibility with legacy apps, and they can save you time during the deployment process.

Which Windows 7 migration tool should you use?
The results are in. Our expert tested five Windows 7 migration tools from a variety of vendors. Check out his findings.

 
VIRTUALIZATION AND WINDOWS 7

Many organizations are hesitant to adopt Windows 7 for the fear of losing important applications. By migrating in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment, companies can not only save system apps, but time and money as well.

Simplifying Windows 7 rollouts with VDI
The maturation of desktop virtualization is helping enterprises manage their IT environments, migrate to Windows 7 and ease into cloud computing.

More: Decoupling Windows 7 migration and virtual desktops

Microsoft adds app-virtualization features for Windows 7 migrations
Microsoft added features to App-V 4.6 and MED-V SP1 RC for migrating desktop apps to Windows 7, but Windows shops will want to test the application virtualization tools first.

Using virtualization tools to run legacy apps in Windows 7
If you want to upgrade your systems to Windows 7 but are concerned about your older software, these three virtualization tools can provide a simple -- and affordable -- solution.

For more information, check out our Windows 7 topic page.

This was first published in April 2011

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