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Plan for Windows 7

Prepare to deploy Windows 7 with tools and resources to help you inventory applications and hardware, assess compatibility, plan for migration from an earlier version of Windows, and conduct a successful pilot deployment. Not sure what a tool does? Hover over the link for an explanation.

Windows for IT Pros Spotlight

Windows XP End of Support: April 8, 2014
On April 8, 2014, security patches and hotfixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. Need to migrate your Windows XP infrastructure to Windows 7? Start with these resources:

Assess Hardware Readiness

Tools:    Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

Create an Application Inventory and Assess Compatibility

Tools:    Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)    |   Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

Explore Deployment Options

Tools:    Windows 7 Deployment Plan Template | MOF Action Plan: Release Readiness for Windows 7

Conduct a Pilot or Proof of Concept

Tools:    Proof of Concept Jumpstart Kit    |   Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Prepare for Deployment

Tools:    Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7    |   Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Watch Demonstrations and Tutorials

Video screenshot Simplifying Windows 7 Migration with the MAP Toolkit
Learn how to use the MAP Toolkit to quickly inventory your environment and assess hardware readiness.
  Video screenshot Getting Started with the Application Compatibility Toolkit
Find out how to use ACT to create an application inventory with initial compatibility findings.
Video screenshot Understanding MDT, WDS, MAP, ACT, SCCM, and USMT
See how using package-based imaging tools can save time and money over sector-based imaging.
  Video screenshot Virtual Roundtable: The Last Mile - Pilot and Deploy Windows 7
Get the real story behind the adoption of Windows 7 plus tips and tricks from the IT pro community.

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