XP to Win7

I have been researching so I don't have any problems when we move to Windows 7 Pro 64bit.  
We are currently on XP SP3  32 bit and some of my resources say to use the Easy Windows Transfer free program to save off files and then move then back after the Window 7 clean install.

I don't see (For definite) that this applies to Windows XP SP3 32 bit and moving over to Windows 7 64 bit

I can "assume" that its okay, but I don't want to Loose a bunch of my users files etc.

Any tips or things to watch out for is appreciated.

I do realize this is a clean install of Windows 7
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1) You can never do an in-place upgrade from 32 to 64 bit
2) All programs need to be reinstalled
3) All that can be done is to save your documents, favorites and other similar settings using the transfer tool

If you were attempting to upgrade to another 32 bit version, you could do an in-place upgrade to Vista for the sole purpose of doing a subsequent upgrade to WIN 7... However, since you state you will ALSO be upgrading from 32 to 64 bit, this is not an option!
bankwestCTO/CashierAuthor Commented:
Yes, as I said, I know this is a CLEAN install.   Not an upgrade.   And I do know that programs have to be reinstalled.     But before I used the Easy Transfer, I wanted to be sure it works going from 32 bit to 64 bit.  I would hate to use easy transfer on my 32 bit machine and then not be able to transfer the information back because it's a 64 bit OS after the clean install
Skyler KincaidNetwork/Systems EngineerCommented:
Easy Windows Transfer only transfers documents and some settings.

You will have to re-install all the programs as mentioned above.

How many computers are you doing? Is this a domain environment? Are you buying a volume license for Windows 7? If you get me the answers to those questions I can help you simplify the process for sure!

If it is a domain environment you can setup folder redirection on the Windows XP machines, build an image for the new Windows 7 machines, do a lot of the setup through Group Policy and it will make the transition very easy.

I have done about 4 transitions as I described above with network ranging from 10 to 50 computers.
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bankwestCTO/CashierAuthor Commented:
I will be doing about 20 machines in a domain envoirnment.    We actually have individual Windows 7 licenses.
Skyler KincaidNetwork/Systems EngineerCommented:
Okay so here is what I would do to make the whole process simpler:

1. Setup folder redirection as described in this link:


This is one of the best walkthroughs I have seen for it. This will move all the important files (ie. Desktop, Documents, Pictures... to the server). The only important part is to enable Offline files through Group Policy on laptops or anything else that leaves the office so they will have their files if they leave.

2. Setup one of the new machines will all the programs, updates and configurations that you want and image the hard drive to be used on all the other ones. If the new machines are the same model you can just image it and go but if they are not you will have to sysprep them.

3. Make sure that you have all the printers and mapped drives configured in Group Policy already.

So the process would go:

1. Current Windows XP workstations user files are moved to the server but they can still access them (don't worry if the initial login takes times after you enable this)

2. You prepare the workstations and start switching the users over to the new machines which will have the same folder redirection applied to them, magic, they have all their documents at first login.

3. Verify that everything looks okay, setup Outlook accounts, configure programs, install any machine specific programs and so on.

It is a pretty simple process if done correctly. I would love to help you because I have done it so many times but that isn't how it works ha ha.

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bankwestCTO/CashierAuthor Commented:
Awesome.   Thanks for the information
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