Windows 7 and XP Professional In a Corporate Environment

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I intend this to be more of a discussion than a question, but here are the details: Throughout the Redmond and I.T. world, many users are concerned about corporate rollouts of softwares, specifically operating systems. Many companies tested Vista, found problems, and stuck with XP. My organization also bypassed Vista and we are now looking at Windows 7 for all future operating system upgrades. With that in mind, many users and companies, I imagine, will still prefer XP because of their familiarity with it, and the fact that it will be supported until 2014. Despite this, there is also a buzz in the community about problems with installing XP and Windows 7 for a dual/multi boot. On a side note, despite what many guides say online, you do not need a BCD manager to get your system to dual boot XP and Windows 7 (simply install another harddrive and configure as unpartitioned space and put Windows 7 on, or unpartition a minimum of 16GB on your current drive, and then install 7). Getting back to the point/question: Do you think Windows 7 is prepared for the steady run that XP gave the community and have you started testing 7 in your corporate environments?

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I am a home user and prefer to windows xp.

I am still really do not about the windows 7 features. And until it’s full released anything would be not right to say.

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  • Denny Cherry
    I've been running Windows 7 since the beta was released, and then upgraded to the RC when it was released. I've found the OS to be vary stable especially since I'm not the normal office user. Every company that deployes it will need to test just as they did when putting Windows XP in place. However if something doesn't run on Windows 7 simply install the XP virtual machine under Windows 7 and install the software in Windows XP mode which will run it within the Windows XP VM.
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  • Schmidtw
    I too, have been running Windows 7 since the release of the beta. I am very impressed with it, and have found it very stable as well. Only recently did my organization begin testing it in our corporate environment, and luckily I've been able to spearhead that effort. So far, so good. No problems...although I know some of our hardware (specifically graphics) is a bit out to date. Luckily, Windows 7 just minimizes the effects and graphic intensity, and without making the Aero interface look like junk. Windows 7 runs beautifully on machines that struggled with Vista too, and that is always a plus. -Schmidtw
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  • mshen
    It's not widely mentioned that Windows XP was released 8 years ago in 2001 which is a long time in the IT world especially considering that we are still following Moore's Law. Although Microsoft is doing a great job keeping XP secure with service packs and hot fixes, I think corporate workstations are due for an upgrade considering SMB2, IPv6, and other improved protocols present in Vista should be more widely applied. Compatibility issues caused Vista to fail, but since software and driver developers have had a chance to adjust to the changes with Vista we should have much fewer issues with Windows 7 especially with the XP compatibility modes that it offers.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I've found Windows 7 to be pretty reasonable to work with. That said, being a fiscally conservative guy I have to ask the question: why upgrade if you don't have to? Seriously, is there anything that Windows XP can't do for the average user in the typical business setting? Probably not.
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  • Robert Stewart
    Just to clarify so some won't be confused there will be no upgrade from XP to Windows 7. The only upgrade is from Vista to Windows 7. We are still ordering XP boxes to this day, with a hidden vista partition, this will allow us to upgrade when we need to. Lenovo will set this up for you if you buy enough machines. We are not currently upgrading, just any new machine that is purchased comes with this config in mind in order to be ready for an upgrade.
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  • Chippy088
    Like most of us, I have used Vista, and Windows 7 to see how much of a disruption the change over would be. Never going to change completely until all the software we use has the necessary drivers. Long story short, we are still supporting XP pro based networks, and even though the new OS' are good, we don't intend changing over in the near future. We are however running machines on the OS' shadowing the normal day to day routines. Eventually we will have to change, but until then, to paraphrase a previously remark 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' (VM is a very good way of doing the R & D)
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  • Schmidtw
    There are several reasons why the Windows 7 should (and very possibly will) be adopted in enterprise environments only shortly after it's release:
    1. Most home users get prebuilt PCs, and those will most likely come with Windows they will be getting accustom to Windows 7...and even after having used XP for 8 years, I'm sure they will "make a stink" if they have to continue using.
    2. As XP support weens away, Microsoft is sure to try and block users into getting only Windows 7 machines, as they attempted to block XP downgrades.
    3. Windows 7 simplifies some things by making information more available to a user.
    4. Despite XP's stability and persistent durability in unsafe can only tolerate so many patches, fixes, and changes until maintenance is a real issue. Consider 2001, we loaded a machine with XP, there were a few updates, maybe. We through on some software, added it to a domain, and shazam, we were in business. Now, try reloading XP today. You load it, but then you have to process a ton of updates, service packs, hot fixes, specific fixes for programs, etc.... An XP machine that goes down now requires far more work than a simple Windows 7 installation.
    5. Windows 7 has a Windows XP Virtual in it.
    6. Execs like new stuff.
    7. Most XP machines will run 7.
    8. The only direction IT can adopt is forward.
    9. I hope this clarifies my view on this issue! -Schmidtw
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