Advice before starting Windows XP migration to 7?

What are the biggest things to consider/plan for before starting a small business migration off of Windows XP? Any words to the wise?
MPPAshleyAsked:
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Sylvie BConnect With a Mentor DirectorCommented:
make sure all users have saved all files to a server. you cant upgrade from XP so it will be a new clean install. You could run the transfer wizard but that copies some stuff unneeded.
If you copy the users profile to a storage point..then after new win 7 install...just copy what you want back...desktop..my docs...favourites and so on
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Check whether all software used is compatible with Windows 7. If not, check whether there are upgrades or patches available for that tool, or look for an alternative (provided it is needed).

Check whether your peripherals, like printers etc, have drivers available for Windows 7 (also make sure that there are 64 bit drivers if you are going to use Windows 7 64, which is what I would use).
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The biggest mistake people make is imagining the old 32-bit software and legacy software will work smoothly on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine.

You need 64-bit to provide for ample memory and that means a fresh (clean) install of Windows 7 if, indeed, the old machines will take Windows 7.

You probably will be better off to get new machines with Windows 7 Pro (never Home) 64-bit preloaded. Such machines will have new drivers. Get new Office, new Adobe, new Anti Virus, new VPN (if you use it) and so on.  

License software for future needs and buy machines in groups as you need and can afford them.

... Thinkpads_User
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BillDLConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Set up a couple of standalone Windows 7 computers in the company with generic logins to get the users accustomed to the visual differences, to the UAC dialog that will pop up and confuse them, the new layout of the Windows Explorer Address bar, and the concept of "Libraries".  If updating from a pre-ribbon version of MS Office, let them see the tabbed ribbon toolbar.  There are significant enough differences to confuse users and slow down productivity if long-term Windows XP users are suddently launched live into Windows 7.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I doubt though that such things will be a problem. Most users will have used Windows 7 privately by now, some may even have gone further and are using Windows 8.x...
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BillDLConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Strangely enough my recent experience is that about 60% of the people at my work no longer own a desktop or even a laptop PC at home, and instead use smartphones for most of their Internet stuff.  When they need to download and print something they use the work computers or those of their relatives who still use PCs.  A significant proportion of that 60% gave up their PCs after Windows XP and have never used anything beyond that.
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you MPPAshley
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