Windows 8 will almost certainly hit the market later this year, but a surprising amount of businesses have not even deployed Windows 7 yet. This might be a key thing for businesses to do because as of April 2014, Microsoft will no longer support for Windows XP. So companies will have to upgrade to Windows 7, at least, should they still want to receive formal support from Microsoft. Before rolling out a new operating system across the board it’s essential that companies make sure their computers are ready to make the transition.
Analyze hardware and compatibility
Business IT departments or Manage Service Providers will first need to analyze the hardware’s capability to run Windows 7. One way businesses can do this is by using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 7.0 to complete an evaluation of their current equipment. Manage Service Providers will need to decide if a company’s applications will work with Windows 7.
What OS images to deploy
The next phase to take before deploying a new OS is to figure out what applications you’ll need on your computers and the order they must be installed in. Should you install all of the current applications at the same time as the OS? Should you take time to determine what applications are necessary to what departments and only install the essential ones after installing the OS? The second choice is probably the best, as it lets users to then install whatever programs they believe will be useful later and it speeds up the deployment process.
Choosing the right image deployment tool
Once a company has chosen a deployment approach, they must choose which tool they’ll use to create, manage, and deploy the Windows 7 image. There are lots of tools that can assist with this including Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or 2012.
In the end, upgrading your company’s operating system must be done every few years. When it’s time to do it, it must be planned for and executed well by individuals who have taken all of these things into account. Making certain you have a good plan will help the transition go smoothly and with less anxiety.