Microsoft® Utilities to help you migrate to Windows ® 7
As Microsoft latest operating system, Windows 7, marks its presence in the market, concerns regarding its installation have taken a center stage. This article offers you with some useful files and utilities that are available on Microsoft website which can help you to determine when and how to migrate.
Windows 7 Product Guide
This brochure is designed with the purpose to inform the users about the distinction between all the Windows 7 versions. The tool offers a detailed information on several new and improved features in Windows 7. It can help the user to understand how Windows 7 works on simpler notification to make everyday tasks easier and allows you to work the way you want. IT professionals can also avail information from this guide regarding how to make people productive, manage risk through enhanced security and control, and reduce costs by streamlining PC management. Available in both XPS and PDF formats, it not only provides overview of the existing features in Windows 7 but also offers some extra information.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP
Note : You will need either an XPS Reader (included in Windows 7 and Windows Vista) or Adobe Acrobat reader to view the documents.
Instructions: Download the product guide in the file format of your choice. It is available as an XPS (31MB) or PDF (63MB). In order to view the XPS document, you will need to install the reader (included in Windows 7 and Windows Vista) and to view the PDF document, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat reader.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can help you if you are running Windows XP or Vista and planning to upgrade to Windows 7.
The tool helps you to check whether the installed hardware and software are compatible, which is somehow a good substitute for real-life testing. It scans your hardware, devices and installed program for any compatibility issue. Download and run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to check if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It also provides you with the guidance to resolve issues, and recommends you what you should do before you upgrade.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2; .NET Framework 2.0 or higher if running Windows XP
Instructions: Download and run Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe to install Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.Â If your PC is running Windows XP, setup will make sure .NET Framework 2.0 is installed. If it's not found, setup will help you install it.
Plug in and turn on any USB devices or other devices, such as printers, external hard disks, and scanners, that you regularly use with the PC you're checking. Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from your start menu or desktop.
Windows Licensing Fact Sheet
Windows Licensing Fact Sheet tells you what is legal and what is not, as most users are not aware that Microsoft's volume license programs can only be used for upgrades and not for installation on PCs on which Windows are not installed. Moreover, you can't use volume licenses to upgrade any Home versions of Windows.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 7; Windows 95; Windows 98; Windows Vista; Windows XP
Instructions: Double Click to view the document.
Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
Microsoft’s Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance compiles selected chapters written by industry experts and the Windows 7 team with select Windows 7 articles from TechNet magazine.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 7; Windows NT; Windows Vista; Windows XP
Note: To view the PDF file, you will need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader.
Instructions: Click the Download button on this page to start the download. Do one of the following after that - to review the document immediately, click Open or Run this file from its current location. To copy the download on your computer to view later, click Save or Save this file to disk.
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
Windows automated Installation Kit is a set of tools and documentation that supports the deployment and configuration of Windows operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows AIK also includes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which allows IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK).
Instructions: To install the Windows AIK, you must first download the ISO, write the ISO file to a DVD using a third party tool, and then install the Windows AIK from the DVD. Click the Continue button in the Validation Required section to begin the validation process. After validation is complete, you will return to this page to continue the download.
Windows Easy Transfer
This tool helps you to move system or application settings and data. Windows Easy Transfer enables you to copy your files, photos, music, emails, settings, and more from a computer running Windows XP to a system running Windows 7.
Windows Easy Transfer supports the following operating systems:
Windows XP (SP2 and higher) to Windows 7
Windows Vista (SP1 and higher) to Windows 7
Windows Easy Transfer supports transfers using any of the following methods:
USB Easy Transfer Cable
Removable media (such as a USB flash drive or external hard disk)
Instructions: Download and install Windows Easy Transfer on your computer running Windows XP PC. First, open and run Windows Easy Transfer on your computer running Windows XP. Then open and run Windows Easy Transfer on your computer running Windows 7. You can open the Windows 7 version of Windows Easy Transfer by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type "Easy Transfer" and then click Windows Easy Transfer. Follow the instructions in the wizard to select and transfer your data.
Deploying Windows XP Mode
This document provides you with instructions on how to deploy Windows XP Mode in small and midsize businesses.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
Instructions: Download this Word document and additional script files.
Hardware-assisted Virtualization (HAV) detection tool
The Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool verifies whether a computer processor supports HAV and if this setting is enabled.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 3.
Note: Only the following versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista is supported:
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, 2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate)
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Professional), Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Professional)
Hard disk requirement: 1MB
Instructions: Download the application (havdetectiontool.exe) on your local machine. There is only one installer for both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. Double click on the application and follow the prompts.
Note: The tool requires administrator privileges.
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