Upgrading Windows XP and Windows Vista clients

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What is the best way to upgrade our Windows XP and Windows Vista desktop and laptop clients. Most of the existing hardware can be used. Is there an automated process that can be used to upgrade them in the off hours?

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Check out this <a href=”http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2011/07/11/with-only-1000-days-left-of-extended-support-don-t-you-think-it-s-time-to-retire-windows-xp.aspx”>blog post</a> by my buddy Stephen Rose. In it he shows a bunch of tools which make upgrading their machines very easy. Think plug in a USB drive, click a couple of buttons and walk away easy.

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  • Pjb0222
    Windows XP is a wipe and reload. Windows Vista can be upgraded. I recomend wipe and reload as it is just a cleaner experience. Microsoft has some great tools and information for automating the installing of WIndows 7 and migrating user data. These tools require customization or configuration for your environment and methods. - Windows Deployment Toolkit - Windows Automated Installation Toolkit - User State Migration Tool (USMT) for automated and Windows Easy Transfer for manual user transfers. - SCCM How you use these tools and which to use depend on the number of systems / people, how many locations you have and for SCCM money. The tools have come a long way from when Windows Vista first released. You can use thumb drives, USB hard drives or network shares as installation sources. One of your driving factors will be storage space for user data unless you want to get fancy with hardlinking data on the drive and installing on top. I like using external storage because there are less chances of data loss and you can save the data for a few days in case something wasn't put on correct. For real data security, make a WIM copy of the user's disk so you have everything and can go back for data. This all needs to be balanced against available storage space. Notes: 1. The USMT can migrate multiple users from a one system to another. Handy for shared machines. 2. Install Windows 7 with the second "system reserved" partition and set it to at least 1 GB instead of 100 MB. Even if you do not use the MS encryption there are other uses such as a PE Boot partition for support use. Plus by putting it there up front, later changes to use say encryption are much easier to implement.
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    [...] 7. Pjb0222 and mrdenny have some pointers for upgrading Windows XP and Windows Vista clients. [...]
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