I need to carry out an upgrade of 15 workstation computers in a network, all running Windows XP Pro SP3 to either Windows 7 Pro SP1 or Windows 8.1 Pro.
The DC of the network runs Windows 2008 R2.
I know that a fresh installation ("destructive") would be necessary in each case.
Followed by re-installation of application programs and re-setup of users' customised settings.
I am writing in the hope that I could benefit from the experience of Experts who have undertaken this sort of exercise successfully with minimal problems.
The little experience I have with using Windows 7 Easy Transfer utility is not favourable.
I found that it took a long time. Settings are not properly transferred and applications had to be re-installed and setup again from scratch. Time saving is definitely not a big plus, using the utility.
Is there a better way?