Step No. 1: Assess Your PC Fleet

By Rick Winford  |  Posted 2010-10-11 Print this article Print

Step No. 1: Assess your PC fleet

The first step in the migration process is taking a detailed inventory of all the PCs in your organization, as well as the hardware and software assets on each PC. This will determine which existing machines have the necessary capacity (CPU, memory, disk space, etc.) to have the new operating system installed and which do not. In addition, this process should identify which applications are on each device and which applications are being used (as opposed to merely installed).

This inventory process is an integral part of determining which applications are compatible with Windows 7 to ensure that potential problems are addressed in advance of migration. To minimize costs, use a client management solution that can automate this essential inventory and simplify the assessment activity.

Step No. 2: Plan your migration strategy

Use the information from the inventory analysis to determine how to best proceed with the migration. For those PCs that meet specifications for Windows 7, plan for an in-place migration in which the new operating system is deployed to existing PCs. Existing machines that are not Windows 7-compliant will need to be modified to meet recommended specifications or replaced.

By completing hardware compatibility analysis up-front, you ensure a smoother migration path with fewer compatibility issues. This ultimately further reduces potential disruption to the business.

Rick Winford has been with HP since 1981 in various technical consulting roles. Rick has mostly advised customers on how to use HP technology to solve business problems. Rick holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Anderson University. He can be reached at

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