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Windows Vista migration first steps

Windows Vista migration needs to be done carefully with consideration for back up and application compatibility.

What are the first steps VARs should take when migrating a customer's operating system to Vista?

You're right to change operating systems carefully -- it's a big step. Here is a roadmap for the initial stages:

  1. Take an inventory of applications: You want to make sure they're all compatible with Vista, or that suitable accommodations can be made for running them under Vista.
  2. Perform backups: Chalk this up to the "you just never know" rule, but always make a backup.
  3. Investigate and use mass deployment tools: Unless you're just dealing with the smallest client, you can almost always save time and achieve a more consistent, secure, and problem-free installation by using the deployment tools that I've outlined previously on this site.
This was first published in May 2007
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