Here are the Ways to Deploy Windows® 7 in a Right Manner
For a smooth metamorphosis from Windows XP to Windows 7, you not only need to make appropriate choices, but you must also be aware about the hardware and licensing.
The percentage of the users who think that Windows Vista is better is less. Therefore, most businesses skipped Vista and preferred to choose eight-year old XP. So, after holding off on a Windows upgrade, there is no doubt that most of them will be opting for Windows 7. Most of the users who have experimented with the beta version of Windows 7 are completely satisfied, and it appears that in its newest operating system Microsoft has tried to built on Windows Vista's strengths and addressed most of its weaknesses.
But if you want to deploy Windows 7 in a right manner, address the following concerns to ensure a successful migration.
64-bit vs 32-bit OS
Firstly, before deploying Windows 7, you should consider if you can use existing hardware or there is a need to purchase a new PC. You should also keep in view the system requirements for Windows 7. For example, for 32 bit version, you require 2 GB of RAM, at least 1 GHz dual-core CPU and at least 16GB of installation space. On the other hand, for the 64-bit version of Windows 7, you require at least 20 GB of installation space. DirectX 9-compatible graphics processor or card with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers should also be installed in your PC.
The 64-bit operating system offers improved security through hardware data execution prevention, kernal patch protection, and mandatory driver signing. But beware of the fact that some peripherals' drivers and 16-bit applications do not work with 64-bit operating system. So, if you are opting for 64-bit Windows 7, it may require a change in the scenario of hardware or application environment. Also, some 32-bit applications may run slower on the 64-bit operating system.
Determine the version
Before selecting the version, you should determine which version of Windows 7 will be most suited and required by you for deployment. It is recommended to consider the version before you choose because it might not contain the features you thought.
Hardware and software compatibility issues
Before opting for Windows 7, make sure that you have tested your system, for any issues with hardware or software, by deploying it in a smaller environment. You can also attempt to run Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor utility.
If you are not satisfied and want a more serious tool for your organization, you can give a try to Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 4.0. MAP scans your system hardware and checks for compatibility.
Beware, if you have16-bit applications, they will not run in 64-bit edition of Windows 7. The applications can only run in the latest XP Mode virtual machine that is only available with the Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. XP Mode is not only helpful in running 16-bit applications, but for any program that requires legacy application compatibility.
You should also give a try to Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5 which contains several tools that help you to determine which applications will comfortably function in Windows 7.
Licensing and activation
You must note that Microsoft has many types of licenses for Windows, and when upgrading you should not confuse the volume license with the agreements or software assurance programs.
Upgrading your PC to Windows 7
You must be aware that Windows XP cannot be upgraded in-place to Windows 7, so your applications and data cannot be migrated. Microsoft offers the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 4.0 that endorses two migration scenarios. One allows you to move the data off a PC before the installation of Windows 7, then moving the data afterwards. On the other hand, the second scenario works depending on the age of your current desktops which moves the files and settings to a new computer which can be called PC replacement. User State Migration Toolkit pulls the information from the hard drive, the registry, and other Windows data and restores it to the replaced system. Part of working with the USMT involves the use of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7.
Considering virtualized desktop deployments
One type of client-side virtualization is to install Windows 7 on a virtualized hard disk (VHD), which can be copied and deployed anywhere. Incremental VHD can also be created by you, so that you can have a core file that everyone uses and incremental VHDs that have the applications and other configurations for specific departments. The PC boots normal but opens Windows 7 from the VHD instead of the hard drive normal file system.
The use of VHD will degrade your PC's performance and also prevent you from using the Windows Experience Index, as well as BitLocker on the disk where the VHD resides. (You can use BitLocker within the VHD, but not on the disk where the VHD resides).
Note : Microsoft's Virtual PC or Virtual Server is needed to create the VHD, which can run only 32-bit version of Windows.
Another option of virtualization is the concept of VDI, where the operating system is hosted on a server in the data center.
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