It’s all about the data

Mar 16 2010   8:29AM GMT

Completed Windows 7 Upgrade

Brentembt Brent Hansen Profile: Brentembt

My upgrade to Windows 7 is complete!  It is always the small things that hold the bigger projects up.  And yes, my “small thing” caught me off guard.  I use an air card for a lot of my customer presentations and low and behold it does not come packaged for Windows 7.  Nor could I find the drivers anywhere on my carriers website.  So where does one turn to next?  Newsgroups and search engines.  After a few searches I found the correct Windows 7 drivers that weren’t from the carrier but from the makers of the air card.  I downloaded and installed and finally I am able to hit the information highway in my hotel, and airports, and customer sites.  The point of this ramble, is planning.   Just when you thought you had planned for everything small items keep arising from this simple upgrade.  I will not even bore you with my 2 print driver conflicts.  So in restrospect, the matrix of supported applicaitons, drivers, etc, can easily appear limitless.  How does an organization start the matrix of support to plan an upgrade such as WIndows 7.  I think starting at consolidating as many applications and licensing is a good start.  Beyond that, I believe it will be a trial and error, lots of reading and research, and POC to get there.  We will all get there and be very happy we did, it is just the “small things” that cause the biggest frustration.

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