Upgrading to Windows 7: Easing the Migration: Page 2

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Volume activation will rear its ugly head.

In XP, with a volume licensing edition and a volume license key (VLK), activation was not an issue for you. All that changed in the Windows Vista timeframe, but if you skipped Vista, there’s an entire paradigm of copy protection and activation management that requires your attention and planning.

Microsoft has made available a Volume Activation Operations Guide that covers:

• the utilities available to manage activation,

• troubleshooting genuine software issues,

• recovering from expired licenses and non-activated crippled systems,

• resolving Windows Genuine Advantage issues that prevent you from installing some additional features,

• managing each method of volume activation available.

Fully understand the many automated deployment options available to you.

There’s an alphabet soup out there of migration and deployment tools. This includes:

• The venerable Windows Deployment Services, the in-the-box deployment solution for client and server machines alike,

• The Windows Automated Installation Kit, which includes the aforementioned User State Migration Tool and an image lifecycle management capability,

• The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, which makes creation of deployment images a snap, including preinstalled applications, and has special features to manage desktop configurations as well.

If you’re installing more than five machines, it’s well worth your time to see how automation can help you do your migration faster and more consistently across all computers in your organization.

Oh, and the users will need to be trained, too.

Windows 7 is a different type of Windows – the taskbar looks different; search is fast and integrated; configuration of personal preferences is different; connecting to networks looks different than in XP and most any other operating system; and some of the visual effects relating to multitasking are brand new to the platform.

Don’t just assume that your users will know what to do. Prepare to answer questions for weeks and months after the initial migration is offer, and consider having a quick-start guide prepared to ease users into their new Windows 7-based systems by showing them how to do several common tasks. These basic tasks include changing wallpaper, making the fonts larger, customizing their desktop, installing a printer, and accessing their saved documents either on their machine or on a remote file system.

Perhaps consider video training as well, as some users are better at seeing processes than reading about them.

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