Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Information

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Walk through the decisions you'll make when migrating from a Windows XP environment to Windows 7 -- and learn about the tools and resources available from Microsoft to help you each step along the way.

This guide provides assistance on migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, all the way from gathering information about your environment to deploying the operating system. As you move through each step in the process, you can leverage deeper resources by clicking on the individual icons. With this content, you can make the best decisions and learn about the tools available from Microsoft:

Major Sections Covered

This guide includes the following key sections:

  • Collect, Analyze, and Test
    Walks you through how to collect information about your hardware and applications, analyzing the list of applications in your environment, and then testing those applications for compatibility.
  • Remediate Applications – Fix
    Explains available options to fix compatibility issues with your applications.
  • Remediate Applications - Virtualize
    Helps you determine a virtualization method to assist with application compatibility. You may also desire to move applications to one of the available virtualization methods for easier application management in your environment.
  • Deploy Operating System
    Provides information on the most appropriate deployment strategy for your environment.

Not in the scope of this guide:

  • Consumer step-by-step guidance – If you want to simply migrate your individual machine from Windows XP to Windows 7, this guidance will work but may include far more steps and detail than necessary for your situation.
  • Migration of Windows Vista to Windows 7 – The same steps could be followed when migrating from Windows Vista. However, fewer steps are required, and additional options are available. For instance, if you have Windows Vista running in your enterprise, your hardware is now ready for Windows 7 and this step can be skipped. Also, remember, you can do an in-place upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, but not from Windows XP to Windows 7.
  • Third Party Tools – This guide provides information about tools or software from Microsoft only.
  • Information about software or hardware certification for Windows 7. Please visit the Ready, Set, Windows 7 website for details about different certification options and programs available from Microsoft.

Navigating the Guide
Wherever you are in the process, you can retrieve in-depth information, which includes links to relevant log files, troubleshooting information, and procedures for each phase. You can use the process as a working guide as you configure your activity model or as a learning tool.