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It takes 18-24 months to plan for and deploy a new operating system. If you haven’t started planning to migrate your Windows XP PCs to a modern OS, or if your migration plan have stalled here are some great tools to help you.
First of all, start by downloading the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). It removes the need for disc imaging, migrates your data in place during deployment, and (best of all) it’s free.
Some other tools to help make your move from Windows XP to Windows 7 easier include:
Questions about Windows XP EOS and what it means to you and your company? Make sure to check out the End of Support website for Windows XP and Office 2003 and as always, visit the Deploy Zone on the Springboard Series on TechNet for all your Pilot, Deploy and Manage needs!
Yeah and we plan to run XP past end of support because MS continues to make Windows Explorer more and more difficult to use and less powerful in newer Windows versions. All feedback falls on deaf ears.
Steven has dedicated a blog post(blogs.msdn.com/.../improvements-in-windows-explorer.aspx ) specifically to this topic and has comment back to several posters. With over 1000 comments, I would not characterize this as deaf ears.
Of course there are 1000+ comments but the changes made from those 1000+ comments are only about 4 or 5. Less than 10 changes for over 2500+ in all comments for Explorer? It's feedback falling on deaf ears.
We simply cannot afford to scrap systems that are still working just fine for our needs! We cater mostly to the humans who happen to have developmental disabilities. State cutbacks for services rendered compound an already difficult and costly task.
We jumped in to MDT as suggested and it was a huge help; it's an amazing utility and makes upgrading so much easier.
"All feedback" is clearly not falling on deaf ears, and the majority of the 1000+ comments are compliments, not requests for changes due to more recent versions of Windows Explorer being more difficult or less powerful. I'm interested to know what has specifically changed in Windows Explorer that has caused you such grief.
Just thought I would point out that you don't have to scrap the system to upgrade the OS.