Win xp to win 7

I want to migrate my users from win xp physical desktop to win 7 virtual desktop
Currently we have local profiles for users and I want to move users existing profile into a roaming profile during this migration.Can I do it seamlessly using some tools or is it manual work.My users will have some shortcuts on their existing desktops plus ie favorites and we want to ensure near seamless migration
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Profiles are different between Windows XP and Windows 7, so I'm afraid it will be manual work, unless you purchase additional software.

VMware have a product called Horizon Mirage

upgrading an existing Windows XP device to Windows 7 or migrating an end user’s profile and files to a new Windows 7 machine. - See more at:
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
if only shortcuts of their profiles are to be moved to W7 virtual desktop, that should be technically workable.

but the issue is, will the applications and data associated with the shortcuts are still available after moving the new W7 platform? as you know:

1. not all XP compatible applications are still compatible with W7. some compatibility settings are required to be made for each application.

2. actual locations of user profiles are changed on W7? are you sure the existing shortcuts could be still working once moved to W7?

3. some settings may be still related to local resources such as printers after moving to VDI. have you double checked these things?
Sukku13Author Commented:
user data migration wel take care.
We need their existing printer configurations to be available after move like a site a floor 3 user having access to same after move
Point 1 assume wer considering only comparible apps..point 2 is something im looking advice from this forum
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Users will require new user profiles for Windows 7, unless you use additional software to migrate and convert your Windows users.

Shortcuts and favorites, items on desktop can be manaully moved, but new Windows 7 profiles will be created when users login for the first time. They will not be able to use their old Windows XP profiles.
Sukku13Author Commented:
What additional software are you talking about.
Cant I use sccm tool to export and then import local profile with shortcuts and favourites
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Horizon Migrate see my first post for details.
You might also want to take a look at the ProfileUnity solution from Liquidwarelabs:

We've played around with this product in a lab environment and it works pretty well. It's incredibly full featured and could potentially provide you great configuration options well beyond just migrating your users.  Please note, that it's really meant to be used with non-persistent desktops in a virtual environment, but I'm not sure if that's a requirement for migration.

I've also played with the Mirage product. Unless Mirage has changed, it's NOT meant to be used in a virtual environment. It's really a way to put physical computers under IT control for monitoring and upgrading. While I found it to be a fine product, I also found the whole process of doing it and maintaining it somewhat obtuse.

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