If you are only upgrading a handful of systems you can use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine if they are ready to make the switch to the new operating system. Do you need to upgrade a large number of systems to Windows 7? There’s a MAP for that.
No–not the clever play on words ‘There’s a Map for That’ ads that poke fun at the Apple ‘There’s an App for That’ ads while slamming AT&T for having very sparse 3G coverage. I must say though–those ads are awesome and if AT&T wasn’t feeling the heat before it is sure to be upset with the latest holiday editions of that marketing campaign. Whoever the marketing guy is that came up with that concept–give him a little something extra in his holiday bonus. He’s earned it.
But, I digress. No, when I say there’s a MAP for that I am referring to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Solution Accelerator. There’s also an ACT for that–the Application Compatibility Toolkit Solution Accelerator. Using MAP and ACT you can scan your systems and generate reports that will help you identify hardware and software that will not be compatible with Windows 7 so you can work proactively to address those concerns prior to the upgrade.
With MAP and ACT reports in hand, you can get to work figuring out which version of Windows 7 makes sense for your business and develop an implementation plan to make the switch. Any business-critical applications that won’t work in Windows 7 can be run in XP Mode, at least until a Windows 7-compatible solution can be found.