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Upgrade from windows xp to 7 Enterprise

We have 150 systems to upgrade to windows 7 from xp professional. understand its required fresh installation. Is there any easy method can do this?. SCCM can do cloning?
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ForrorCommented:
Either Cloning or Using WAIK & USMT 4.0 to migrate user XP Settings and WAIK for unattended installations would probably be the fastest way using WAIK & USMT 4.0 (that's what I would do)
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Waik/ IMAGEX can do cloning.

You can push a win 7 image to a winxp machine using OSD. Microsoft and MVPs have published lots of cases for this because they want to get XP out!

BTW are all these PCs Win 7 capable? Let me know if you need a step by step guide
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sumod_jacobSenior IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Yes.. all machines are quite new and campatible.. Will appreciate if you could give me step by step instruction.. Thanks
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
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andrewmccCommented:
Hi,
Before you do any upgrades etc.
Probably be better to run a full audit of each pc prior to an upgrade to verify what is installed etc.
Would recommend Belarc PC Advisor (they do a free install version per pc or can license depending upon users required).
Although you are doing an upgrade via new install, depends upon what kind of users you have re third party applications etc.
I've recently done a few Windows 7 migrations from Vista and XP, with mixed results.

Had one client with a mixed department of CAD and DTP users, plus accounts department, some had issues when we tested Windows 7, so we ended up with two pc's on some of the design team's desk as some of their software had issues with upgrade of autocad and plugins etc.
The DTP users mostly went straight to Windows 7 except a few, so we compromised and used some spare pc's for their office based work ie. Word, Outlook, Powerpoint and web browsing etc, then used their old pc with XP on and Corel/Adobe etc to be left as is.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Andrew did you try XP mode in Windows 7?
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andrewmccCommented:
@ NPsingh123;
I use Windows 7 with XP mode via my own pc at home, works fine for most programs, I had to field test some software for some clients which gave me the idea.
Plus great thing is that I still prefer the old Office classic menu, hate the Office 2007/Office 2010 format.  So to speed up editing options in Word/Powerpoint etc, I sometimes cheat and use the virtual os with the old office, still works better!
Only issues would highlight is that it uses an equivalent generic driver for the video card, so if you have anything demanding ie. Autocad, photoshop, etc then it would be better to keep the old machine for legacy apps, then supply a new pc for new apps etc scenario.
I tested a few apps for some customers who found that they need around 3gb ram minimum, plus sufficient cpu power, all round it was a good compromise for the customers who only wanted one pc or work from a laptop.
Also, for security issues, make sure you include a virus checker and security protocols in the virtual os too.
If you don't have enough memory or spare harddisk space I would not recommend it.
Best thing is it is free from Microsoft, just check license agreements for client deployment.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Thanks!

I have never deployed any fringe/shims (Though I have worked a lot with ghost and other non-microsoft imaging).

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andrewmccCommented:
Best thing to do, is prior to any rollout, confer with the respective software companies from whom you obtain the software which you run currently and plan to run on the new Windows 7 deployment.
Sometimes, they can give you some tips, we had a helpful conversation on a rollout four months back from a technical team, we asked for some help on permissions and security settings, as a trial hit some problems getting their software to work, in the end we managed to get the client to agree to a marketing case study which got them a discount on the license agreement, we spent so much time on the phone to their technical team they asked us to speak to the client for a photo and media brief, worth asking for a discount!
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sumod_jacobSenior IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
What do you think of this steps for Upgradation

1.       Backup user data using easy transfer
2.      Cloning windows 7 image in batches
3.       Join to the Domain
4.       Restore data using easy Transfer

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KezziCommented:
not sure on your method of "cloning"
you should create yourself a WIM image using either the built in SCCM task sequence, or follow proper documentation to create yourself a base image.  Then you make sure that it is syspreped which the SCCM capture sequence will do for you.  Then best practise is to add each of your applications as a seperate install on the task sequence.  That way you can have multiple task sequences, one for each department that use different software.  This helps with licensing and maintaining that your images are always up to date at build time because if you update one of the packages, it will be updated for everyone including the task sequence version.
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sumod_jacobSenior IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
use sysprep to crate image and restore from RIS. This is how we plan for cloning...
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Sysprep cannot clone.

It is a de-clone tool. You need a clone tool with it like ghost/waik/acronis etc.
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sumod_jacobSenior IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Its true... we use RIS for this...

I am bit confused, whether to use USMT or Windows Easy Transfer for migration?
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Use file copy if in doubt. cannot hurt!

Or you can do a test run for few test machines with some sample data files.

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