Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 Resources August 2nd, 2012

Vinod Kumar


Migration is an very important topic and often there are tons of resources that administrators carry as part of the exercise. It is one of the most calculated, tested procedure before the jump can be made. With Win XP support to go away soon from Microsoft, thought this set of links and resources will help organizations make this move easy if to Windows 7. Yes, I agree the RTM of Win8 done today, I will post links and resources to move to Win8 for sure. These are some of the useful links that come to my mind and have been bookmarked. Please feel free to add additional resources which you might have used in the past.

Deploying Windows 7

    1. Windows 7 Deployment Methods and Technologies
    2. Preparing the Environment for a Windows 7 Deployment
    3. Create a Windows 7 Image
    4. Update a Windows 7 Image
    5. Deploy a Windows 7 Image
    6. Migrate Computers to Windows 7
    7. Configure and Manage Application Compatibility
    8. Light Touch Installation using Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
    9. Deploy using System Center Configuration Manager
    10. Create and Manage Windows PE environment
    11. Manage Deployments with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    12. IE 9

Videos and Webcasts

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration

Windows XP Migration to Windows 7 RC using MDT Beta 1

Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

User State Migration Tool (USMT) Videos

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Building Install Media for Windows 7

Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Windows 7 Deployment

TechNet Simulcast: Automating Your Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010

Deploying Windows 7 with Windows Deployment Services

Basic Windows 7 Deployment

Bare Metal Installation of Windows 7

Windows XP to Windows 7 Using a USB Drive

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit Demo:

Using MDT to Quickly and Efficiently Deploy Windows 7 Across Your Organization

Articles and Documentation

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Guide

    1. Application Compatibility
    2. Desktop Virtualization
    3. Licensing and Volume Activation
    4. Networking
    5. Performance and Hardware Compatibility
    6. Security and Control
    7. Training and Certification
  • Application Compatibility
  • Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment
    • Understanding the Application Compatibility Problem
    • Gathering an Application Inventory
    • Analyzing Application Compatibility Data
    • Next Steps
    • Additional References
  • Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.6
    • Introduction to the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.6
    • Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference
    • Customer Support and Documentation Resources
    • Troubleshooting ACT
    • Software and Hardware Requirements for ACT 5.6
  • Addressing Application Compatibility when Migrating to Internet Explorer 8
    • Benefits of Internet Explorer 8
    • Understanding the Application Compatibility Challenge
    • Web Standards and Application Compatibility
    • Browser Changes from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8
    • Application Compatibility and Migration Process Overview
    • Inventory and Prioritization of Critical Web Sites and Add-ons
    • Testing Web Application and Add-on Compatibility
    • Migration Strategies and Solutions
    • Appendix 1: Benefits of Internet Explorer 8
    • Appendix 2: Tools for Debugging Web Applications and Add-ons
    • Appendix 3: Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8 Browser Changes
  • Managing Shims in an Enterprise
  • Understanding Shims
  • Deciding When to Use Shims as a Compatibility Mitigation
  • Custom Shim Database-Management Strategies
  • Custom Shim Database Deployment
  • Summary and Resources

Upgrade and Migration

Desktop Deployment

  • Windows 7 Desktop Deployment Overview
    • Improved Application and Hardware Readiness
    • Enhanced Imaging and File Delivery
    • Streamlined Installation and File Migration
    • Conclusion
  • Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z
    • Migrating User Files and Settings from Windows XP to Windows 7
    • Application Management and Preparing for a Windows 7 Deployment
    • Choosing and Image Strategy and Building Windows 7 System Images
    • Automating the Migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 End-to-End
  • Windows 7 Deployment FAQ
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User’s Guide
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit Scenarios
    • Preinstallation Phases
    • Deployment Tools Technical Reference
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme
  • Unattended Windows Setup Reference
    • Changes in Settings from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
    • Changes in Settings from Windows XP
    • Settings to Use for an Unattended Installation
    • Automate Windows Welcome
    • Best Practices
    • Configuration Passes
    • Language Packs
    • Components
    • Packages
    • About This User’s Guide
  • Windows Deployment Guides
    • Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployments for IT Professionals
    • Step-by-Step: Multilingual Image Creation
    • Sysprep and Windows Media DRM Workaround for Windows 7
    • Sysprep Provider Developer’s Guide for Windows 7
    • Maintain Driver Configurations When Capturing a Windows Image

Other Useful Links

Windows 7 Virtual Labs

Application Compatibility Resource Center

Windows Client

Windows 7 Support Center

Windows Developer Center

The Springboard Series Blog

The Deployment Guys

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog

Engineering Windows 7

Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings

Planning a Windows 7 Deployment? Here is your survival guide

Script Resources for IT Professionals

Script Center

Hey, Scripting Guy! (Blog)

Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide (Blog)

If you have links and resources on this very topic, please feel free to drop a line and this can be a great value to the post. Your practical insights and resources are important to complete and compliment this post.

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