Infrastructure Slideshow: Microsoft Windows 7 Migration: 10 Factors to Consider

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 12-15-2010

Migration Costs

According to research firm Gartner, you can expect to pay $1,205&#151$2,069 per PC to upgrade to Windows 7, depending on your PC environment and how you plan to achieve that goal.

Migration Costs

Encryption

Windows 7 comes with far better encryption that Windows XP. It features the popular BitLocker, which encrypts the full disk. The OS also includes BitLocker to Go, so you can encrypt removable drives&#151an attractive feature for an increasingly mobile workforce.

Encryption

It’s Not Vista

Windows 7 works far more efficiently than its predecessor, delivers much more functionality, and it's reliable. Don't worry about getting caught in a Vista-like pitfall with Microsoft's latest OS.

It’s Not Vista

Windows XP Support End-Date

Microsoft has set the timer on Windows XP, saying that it will end support for the software in 2014. Right now, it would seem prudent to prepare to transition your entire company to Windows 7 by that date.

Windows XP Support End-Date

Consumers Are Embracing It

Windows 7 operates very differently from Windows XP. With 240 million Windows 7 licenses sold, and major vendors selling PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed, you may not face a big learning curve once you deploy in your enterprise.

Consumers Are Embracing It

Legacy Security Programs

Microsoft made several changes to the handling of the Windows 7 kernel to improve security against malicious hackers. This affects the way some legacy security platforms work with the OS. Many third-party security solution vendors have addressed the issue, but you'll be wise to check your security software to be sure it will "play nice" with the new OS.

Legacy Security Programs

AppLocker is a Plus

IT staff can control which programs can run on the operating system.

AppLocker is a Plus

User Account Control

This was one of the most-hated features in Windows Vista, and has staged a comeback in Windows 7. However, Windows 7 offers greater control of this option than its predecessor OS.

User Account Control

Windows XP Mode Support

In Ultimate and Enterprise editions of the software, you can run a full, virtual copy of Windows XP. That means most of your legacy products and applications should work without much trouble on the new OS.

Windows XP Mode Support

Future-Proofing

Based on the success Windows 7 has enjoyed to date, it seems highly likely that Microsoft will be supporting it for the foreseeable. Because of that, the onus is now on you to future-proof your company in acknowledgment of that reality.

Future-Proofing