How to Successfully Migrate to Windows 7

By Christine Ewing  |  Posted 2011-03-04 Print this article Print

Companies that are interested in migrating their systems to Windows 7 can learn much from those who have already successfully done so. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Christine Ewing reveals several best practices to follow to ensure a smooth and efficient Windows 7 migration.

Most IT professionals are familiar with the issues and frustrations that can come up during an operating system migration. Machines need to be inventoried, hardware requirements need to be checked, and applications need to be reinstalled-not to mention the planning, pilot tests and actual upgrade itself. With that many moving parts and tasks to be accomplished, it is easy to run into problems that lengthen the process and may even slow down productivity. This is especially so if the migration causes a longer amount of downtime than anticipated.

As with any task though, we can learn from the past experiences of others. If a company is looking to migrate its systems to a new operating system-Windows 7, for example-some tips and tricks from other businesses who have already done so may come in handy. Why should an IT department reinvent the wheel if they can learn from others' insights and mistakes? Finding out about helpful tools and potential problems could save that company a good amount of time and money.

A recent survey collected many of those tips and experiences by surveying 1,360 businesses that have already migrated to Windows 7, providing an information source for those still considering the upgrade. Into what road bumps did these companies run? How many of them automated the process? Which factors led to an efficient and smooth migration? The results were interesting and identified some important points for organizations looking to migrate.

Christine Ewing is Director of Product Marketing for the Endpoint Management group at Symantec. Christine has more than 12 years of experience in IT software product management and marketing. In her role at Symantec, Christine is responsible for identifying and analyzing market trends and working with the product management team to create market-driven products. In addition to being a seasoned product marketing manager, Christine has held a number of product management roles inside of Symantec, where she delivered new technologies to the market and managed existing endpoint management products. Prior to her current role in marketing, Christine was a senior product manager for the Endpoint Management group at Symantec and at Altiris (before it was acquired by Symantec in 2007). Before joining Symantec/Altiris, Christine held positions at Compaq and Thermo Electron, working in various roles of engineering, product management and marketing. Christine holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and History from Northwestern University. She can be reached at

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