Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?: Page 2

With some companies still hesitating to upgrade to Windows 7, a look at the possible rationale for making the leap to Windows' latest OS.


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Among those companies planning their upgrade over the next 12 months, there’s at least one really intriguing finding:

31.6 percent plan on migrating by replacing both the hardware and the OS, which is of course a typical migration pattern. Companies refresh the OS with brand new hardware, and get an improvement boost from both a new machine and a new OS.

Interestingly, 28.9% plan on migrating just the OS, and keeping the hardware the same. This is an unusually high percentage by IDC’s count. This could mean one of two things. First, this is certainly a testament to the desire among companies to keep costs low; the recession may be over but, for many companies, the cost cutting mood remains. Second, unlike some earlier OSes, Windows 7 can run on previously built machines. So companies can get away with installing it on not-too-old PCs, and still get a something of a performance boost.

What is the time frame in which you will begin the migration cycle?

Windows 7 upgrade timeframe

Source: IDC


Question: Can we clear up the confusion surrounding whether you can upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP.

Answer: You can NOT do an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP. You can do a migration with the help of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or MDT. MDT is a free tool from Microsoft that will maintain the user’s settings and data.


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