Assessment and Compatibility Tools for Windows® 7
If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 7, there is a planning and assessment tool for you other than consumer-grade Upgrade Advisor. You need to determine if the existing hardware and software you are relying upon will work with new operating system. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will help you if you only need to assess a handful of systems but for larger deployments, Microsoft Assessments and Planning Toolkit is the appropriate tool.
MAP is a Solution Accelerator from Microsoft that let you invent and analyze the system in your firm without installing any agent software. MAP powers Microsoft existing technologies such as Active Directory Domain Services, the Remote Registry Service, and the Computer Browser Service which allows you to gather information and produce informative reports.
MAP determines and reports that can help with several IT planning scenarios. It can also help inventory servers and clients on the network, identify physical servers that are not being effectively utilized. MAP also helps to analyze hardware compatibility and readiness for migrating to Windows 7
Moreover, MAP identifies system running previous editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista, then the scan results against Windows 7 minimum and recommended system requirements are compared by it. It also makes the specific recommendations if your system does not meet the requirements of Windows 7. MAP results provide you with the information you need to get your hardware up to speed for Windows 7.
MAP is highly helpful but Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has its own importance. You also need to consider the software that are compatible with Windows 7. To bridge that gap, Microsoft had provided with another solution that is Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT). The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 offers great help to software developers and IT professionals to determine whether a particular application is Windows 7 compatible or how installing the new operating system would affect their applications. Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 helps the user by making them aware regarding their application compatibility situation. The user can identify which application would be compatible with Windows 7 RC and Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 facilitates the user to cut the cost for application compatibility testing. It provides the user with the tools and documentations which allow him to investigate the compatibility issues with applications before considering installation of Windows 7, or Internet Explorer 8.
With MAP and ACT results, you can easily upgrade to Windows 7 to make it more reliable.