Useful suggestions for upgrading to Windows® 7
After the official release of Windows 7, on October 22, 2009, IT organizations are eager to migrate their old Windows versions to the latest operating system. This article offers some important suggestions which an enterprise IT manager should keep in mind when upgrading to Windows 7.
1. Check desktop durability
A recent research reveals that even after eight years of release, Windows XP still runs 86% of all enterprise PCs. But the users who want to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 would not be able to follow direct path as they can face few challenges, such as the installed hardware and software might not be compatible with Windows 7.
2. Think for licensing
Enterprise IT department must chose between several versions of Windows 7 before migrating to the newest operating system. Windows 7 professional can be compared to Vista Business which you can avail via OEM, retail or volume licensing. The companies can deploy Windows 7 Enterprise if they have Windows license which covers Microsoft Software Assurance. Windows 7 Enterprise offers several enhanced features such as DirectAccess, which allows the user to access the corporate accounts without a VNP or BranchCache. On the other hand, Windows 7 Ultimate is one of the best consumer options which is not sold via volume licensing.
3. Make sure that the applications are compatible
Whenever you are upgrading to a newer operating system, the hardware and software compatibility is always an issue. Therefore, one must check for the compatibility with the new version.
4. Take privilege of automation
You can avail an automated system management platform from vendors and send it to several machines as part of an automated process. The companies can face problems while upgrading if they don't get an automated platform. But small to mid-size organizations cannot always afford to have an automated deployment and therefore, a free tool is available with Microsoft to deal with this situation. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 is a software optimized to endorse Windows 7 deployments, which includes built-in capabilities to endorse customers upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.
5. Consider client virtualization
Microsoft has introduced two products, Microsoft Application Virtualization and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, that takes the privilege of virtualization and could be considered a means of regulating migration to Windows 7.
6. Replace hardware
PC vendors are delivering machines that are optimized to work with Windows 7, for example, the latest Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience. Users can experience enhanced productivity if they buy a Windows 7 PC which maintains preloaded optimization feature.
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