Windows 7 — are you ready?

The old rule of software is that you wait for Service Pack 1 to deploy software.  But since Windows 7 is in reality Service Pack 3 of Vista, should you wait? 


I’d argue that you are doing yourself a disfavor if you wait for Service pack 1. 


And to all those who want to upgrade inplace from XP, the funkiest systems I’ve dealt with are inplace upgrades.  I wouldn’t recommend inplace as a preferred deployment means.  Besides, when you start deploying Windows 7 you should also ask yourself if it’s time to jump the 32 to 64 bit barrier.  Due to that reason alone, you will need to do clean installs and migrate the data.


Windows 7 Role-Based Learning and Readiness:
https://partner.microsoft.com/US/40110019

4 Thoughts on “Windows 7 — are you ready?

  1. Why does anyone need to be “ready”, it’s not a pandemic.

    If you have a perfectly well functioning XP or Vista machine there is little reason to give it thought. Time spent upgrading to Windows 7 will not be won back by gains in efficiency or security. Probably the opposite at the outset.

    The same advice was given at the launch of Vista by many and that was not a high quality or well tested product.

  2. Joe Raby on July 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm said:

    “And to all those who want to upgrade inplace from XP, the funkiest systems I’ve dealt with are inplace upgrades. I wouldn’t recommend inplace as a preferred deployment means.”

    I always say to budding IT pros that you should do yourself a favour, and learn Microsoft’s best practices for deployment techniques, which include using USMT.

  3. go 7 and 64!
    Vista was running without hiccups for me and the productivity was better. Seven x64 is even better and is more capable than 32bit Vista.
    There is no point to upgrading every single workstation, but when you need performance – so far every new Windows system was better than the predecessor – it just took time for people to acknowledge that.

  4. Justin Heiner on August 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

    I know you can use the Easy Transfer Wizard off of the Windows 7 DVD to migrate 32 bit to 64 bit while on Windows 7. It may work for XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit.

    I learned my lesson on using it to migrate a user’s data from an unclean windows install into a clean install, as it takes the initiative to transfer the corrupt settings as well… so make sure to be selective in the settings you choose :)

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