Upgrading computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 best data migration practice.

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We will be upgrading users to Windows 7. We currently have XP SP3 boxes. We will need to migrate the data to new boxes. The boxes will come with 7 pre installed. Should each box be turned on and the data migrated directly or should we backup to the server and pull it in from there? Can this be automated at all?

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For a free automated process use the User State Migration Tool (USMT). You can also purchase commercial tools with more capabilities. So long as you work with your users to keep data in predefined locations the USMT is an OK tool.

For this, using a network share gives advantages of temporarily keeping a copy of the data until you validate the data migration was successful.

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Use the “Windows Easy Transfer” wizard to export all the user data to a network location, then use the same wizard on the Windows 7 machines to import the user data. This will get everything across all the data, settings, etc.

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  • 22a
    mathad of creating exchange server ?
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    Hi 22a, Please start a new thread for your question, and be as specific and detailed as possible about the information you need or the problem you're experiencing. If you're performing an Exchange server migration, be sure to include the versions you're using. Thanks! Melanie
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  • TrueVoice
    Some of the better tools, particularly for cross-OS migration, are Laplink PC Mover and Tranxition's Migrate7.  The former moves a fair number of settings.  The latter is very deep it seems and flexible.   There was a study published in MCP Mag that pointed out that the "free" tools had an error rate of 29%!   So let the admin beware.
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  • Genderhayes
    Upgrade Your Applications Windows 7 migrations can be slow, complex and fraught with frustrating and expensive compatibility issues
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  • bhannah
    There are some issues that are not mentioned here.  Are you migrating any apps along with the data?  If so, make sure that apps are installed prior to migrating the data files as you can damage data files if you don't and get them over written if your don't.  Also make sure that you have full administrative rights to both machines or you may not get all the data files moved.  Microsoft has a good tool for the data transfer.
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