Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

Michael Vizard

Although everybody in corporate America is not likely to switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 overnight, there is enough fatigue surrounding Windows XP that companies are starting to plan their migration strategies.

The question is how best to go about migrating to Windows 7 when the IT department has never been leaner and about seven years' worth of custom applications and settings need to be migrated over. When you start to think about all the work involved, migrating might seem daunting.

That's why, when you get right down to it, your choice of systems vendor might have more to do with the offered support for migration than any Windows 7 features.

You should not be surprised to hear Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Dell all touting their services expertise when it comes to Windows 7. These vendors are so eager to get customers to upgrade that they are willing to do almost anything to help make it happen, including providing access to all kinds of tools that help automate a lot of the Windows 7 migration process.

There are a lot of good reasons to migrate to Windows 7. But the thing to remember about picking a Windows 7 systems vendor is that intangible issues such as services probably count more than the features of the product. So when choosing a vendor, the smarter move is to ask vendors to what lengths they are willing to go to ease your migration burden.

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Oct 23, 2009 1:53 AM Umesh Harigopal Umesh Harigopal  says:

TCO, ROI are always top of mind as you figure out how to manage your top and bottom lines. As a CIO looking to make a difference for your company, your IT desktop investments is surely one area to focus on, more so given your decisions on Windows 7 and Office 2010 migration initiatives.

Probably many of you might have seen the IBM Client for Smart Work announcement that hit the press yesterday. One of these solutions is on Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop software. Is it just 50% reduction in TCO. Actually a lot more.

Check out this dynamic TCO calculator from Red Hat here:


The math is simple. You start seeing results by just entering the number of users. Do the math. Share it with your CFO. Save the results if you want to get back to it later on.

Oct 26, 2009 5:32 AM Bala Bala  says: in response to Umesh Harigopal

This Redhat TCO Calculator is very useful.I tried this out.Math is very simple and great.It's pretty cool to use it.

Mar 2, 2010 2:01 AM palla sridhar palla sridhar  says:

Well, i think for a lay user it is not that hard to migrate to windows 7.  Just you need to wipe your XP and install a new Win 7 OS. most of the XP apps work on Win 7 too. read more about Win 7 stuff like the reviews of applications working on Win 7 here. Win 7 blog


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