Best practices for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration stragglers
Nobody at Microsoft was prepared for the sheer level of devotion that users and organizations alike would show for Windows XP after its release. Here we are, 12 years after its debut, and Windows XP is still commanding 25% or so of the operating system market share. Granted, Windows 7 is in first place with a healthy 50% or more, but the mere facts that Windows XP still has such a devoted following and that its market share has dropped by only about 1% a month means many stragglers will still be migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 in the months and years to come.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 isn’t a single-step process for a variety of reasons, most of them due to the architectural differences between the two OSes. Rather than provide a direct upgrade path, Microsoft created ways to allow user profiles and data to be migrated from an XP installation to a Windows 7 one. That still leaves open a great many questions about application support and other functions. Not all of these questions have easy answers, but I’ll attempt to address the major issues that come up when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, either on a single machine or in a whole site.