Windows 7 Installation and Deployment – Demystified

Have you been facing problems migrating to Windows 7 or deploying Windows 7 in your enterprise?

1. Choosing a Windows 7 Deployment Strategy

Looking to start you deployment of Windows 7? Not sure where to start or the resources available? Read this concise article on the recommended deployment strategies and the tools that support them.

You can also make use of OS Deployment feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2007


2. Analyzing you environment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Do you want to know what is running in organization so you can plan a Windows 7 deployment? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit is a free solution accelerator that can inventory you infrastructure.

Read this article in Technet Magazine to know how MAP Toolkit worksMicrosoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 4.0

Download MAP Toolkit – its Free!

3. Prepare your Applications for Windows 7

A key consideration when moving to Windows 7 is whether your applications will run successfully. Download the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5  to access the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7

Watch this video from Windows Desktop Deployment Product Team



4. Five Steps to Windows 7 Application Readiness

Trying to decide if the applications you use in your organization will run on Windows 7?
Follow these 5 steps to determine application Readiness.

Read this article to Understand the Application Compatibility in your Environment

CAPI2 Diagnostics in Event Viewer in Windows Vista


5. Application Management and Preparing for a Windows 7 Deployments

Read this concise article that will walk you through the variety of approaches to addressing compatibility issues and the tools available to help you.

To know if an existing software or hardware from a known vendor is compatible with Windows 7 , visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.



or Download the Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals


6. Commonly-used application shims here.

Watch this video and see how to apply commonly-used shims to legacy application to enable them to work on Windows 7.

Read this article – Deciding When to Use Shims as a Compatibility Mitigation

Watch this video to see how applying shims to an incompatible application makes it work for Windows 7



7. Understanding Application Compatibility

Why might your application not work on Windows 7?

There are a few reasons such as enhanced security or retired components. This article walks you through the areas that might affect your applications.

Understand – What Does it Mean to be Compatible with Windows 7?

8. Watch this video to see How you can make use of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7


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