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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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