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Windows 7 Application Migration: 3 Tricks of the Trade


The larger your organization, the more likely it is you're going to encounter some application-compatibility issues during your migration to Windows 7....

    Windows 7 compatible.jpgThe larger your organization, the more likely it is you're going to encounter some application-compatibility issues during your migration to Windows 7. And those are precisely the kinds of issues that can slow the process, increase costs, and just generally derail the whole thing. Fortunately, by following a few best practices, app compatibility doesn't have to stonewall your Windows 7 deployment. With that in mind, Networld World offers 3 tips for migrating applications to Windows 7. Here's an excerpt:
    1. Make a list. This one's pretty obvious, but crucial, particularly for large businesses. Glenn Jones, an IT project leader who is heading up a Windows 7 migration for 11,000 users at Molex, a global component supplier in Illinois, explains that simply using Windows XP Mode to shoehorn old applications into Windows 7 would have created more complications than it was worth. So, Jones and team used the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit to analyze more than 16,000 lines of data, representing 650 applications.
    The result? Molex was able to eliminate nearly half the applications it was running, while identifying others that would run just fine in Windows 7. The author also recommends choosing the right tools (Molex used Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit, but something else might suit your company's needs better) and estimating your costs to avoid nasty surprises down the road. Sounds like all good advice to me. If you have any other app-compat tips to share, hit the comments! Follow ITMigrationZone on Twitter Facebook friend badge.png


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