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Video: Three critical issues to consider before upgrading to Windows 7

IT professionals can already download Windows 7 from Microsoft, and the retail release happens on October 22. Now is the time to determine how the new OS will affect you. As Bill Detwiler explains, IT departments should consider hardware requirements, upgrade paths, and driver compatibility before rolling out Windows 7.

IT professionals can already download Windows 7 through Microsoft's TechNet or MSDN, and the retail release will take place on October 22. Now is the time to determine how the new Microsoft operating system will affect your organization. As I explain in this TR Dojo video, IT departments should consider hardware requirements, upgrade paths, and driver compatibility before rolling out Windows 7.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Debra Shinder's article, "10 questions to consider when planning a Windows 7 upgrade," on which this video is based. To learn more about moving from the Windows 7 beta to the Windows 7 RC, check out Brad Bird's article, "Upgrade path to Windows 7 RC from the Windows 7 beta release."

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

57 comments
Devonmcnulty
Devonmcnulty

With no upgrade from XP it will be significantly higher priced. Won't be upgrading until I absolutely have no choice. Be interesting to see if this also has a big effect on home users etc.

mchy607
mchy607

what are main problem

roy.evison
roy.evison

Can only here the sound as a low murmur-Ubuntu 9.04

artanbori
artanbori

hmm sounds like 98 - 2000 - XP all over again - Vista being 2000 - great but no drivers for peripherals and XP being sound solid 98 software that all education and offices have finally gotten around to upgrading all machines to -and so reluctant to leave behind Now the support is diminishing guess we shall begin to walk before they make us run - much in same way everyone moved over from 98 - reluctantly. Why say expense is currently an issue ...the expense has always been an issue but sigh.. i love XP. The time I used to spend reformatting and installing!! By the way, have noticed that Windows Live - incessantly annoying hunk of 3D gunk - singing "I don wanna pickle, just wanna ride my motorcycle..." or message my mum... - burns up my laptop and seems to be most reluctant to listen to my demands of no not that app/feature please!!! Am considering GoogleTalk, except no one else uses it so currently hanging out on a lonely limb. It doesn't seem to burn up so much, but possibly because no communication actually going on??!! Once upon a time David Gates said "why would anyone ever want more than 1 MB of RAM" hah! Well Mr Gates I have some lovely software that I use for most of my image editing - takes all of 4 .... 4 I say, MBs .. take that with a pickled pepper!! Wouldn't swap it for the world! Built for Windows 3.2 I believe, or around the 3.2/95 cusp, bless, and it beats the pants off half the expensive tank-to-cut-the-garden-lawn apps out there. Having said which,have noticed that is also starting to burn me up - wonder if it is SP3? So I can promise I is gonna be very miffed if she don work when circumstances force me / I can afford to upgrade ...hopefully that is what it will be .. an upgrade? a brighter future ...can you really get better than XP? wow!! If it don't work I might just stop telling everyone what a nice man M Gates really is!!! Be warned!!! PS .... if the Paint is so sophisticated hope it has brought back that cute little 3.2 Paint stamp /icon builders app that got me started on this long road - I miss em - don't know why they vanished .. really am not convinced the scary 3D icons we are being plagued with will ever get cute ... give me 2D stills and animations anyday and I miss being able to key in a keyboard smilies especially on the phone ....... they made you laugh twice, once for message and once for silly ingenuity .. ah well as they say Minimalise it.. and I may advertise it ye..ah

puritianb
puritianb

I don't like any Windows system, since XP burned out my CPU. What I found is that Microsoft has added a BIOS control in the Device Mgr. Dir., which takes over the responsibilities of the motherboard and any other card that might come w/its own CPU, thus sending all commands thur the CPU, which in turns burns the CPU out.

badben
badben

Nothing new in the "country of Denmark"...

2je@cox.net
2je@cox.net

@~7.40 et of video, you advise to upgrade drivers b4 w7 install. Are driver upgrades lost after a HD is cleaned? Is it possible to upgrade drivers after w7 install?

Chashew
Chashew

Ok-with all the issues in the building of Vista why should we trust Windows 7? I for one did voice me opinion to my friends about Vista but they ran out and bought it anyways and now always to late realize they should have listened. XP -works just fine and I am appauled that Microsoft is forcing us to go their way or no way. the issues that Windows 7 may have give me a knot in my stomach,and I see problems coming at us again. If you gave XP the power that it takes to run Vista you wouldn't hear anyone wanting more power ever again. Vista loads like 95 used to and what did we gain? Geez sorry people Vista has been hacked,what a snow job. I will do the same this time-I will alert my friends to a possible junk OS again as I no longer trust the service or Techs at Microsoft to get it right this time either.

dbecker
dbecker

If I'm not mistaken, the stock market crash of 1929 was Thursday, October 24th. The release of of Windows 7 is Thursday, October 22nd. If we adjust for the day of the week.... Piece of advice [and you all here are smart enough, you're way ahead]: Wait a bit to see how things turn out....

vmctr
vmctr

Hi, Yes, Windows 7 is definitely better than Vista, but I will make upgrade only then will be released Win7 SP1 and I will have driver for all pc models from my company.

msawyer91
msawyer91

I think Bill is absolutely right here. I ran the Windows 7 public beta, RC and am now on the RTM bits, thanks to my MSDN license. In all three instances (beta, RC, RTM), there is no doubt that Windows 7 runs faster than Vista. It boots faster, logs in faster, launches IE faster and...well...it just plain runs faster. I would put it on par with XP, although I think Windows 7 boots faster than any Windows OS I've ever used, dating all the way back to Windows 3.0 (yes, that's before 3.11). As far as drivers are concerned, Windows happily detected almost every driver in three different test systems I used; all were HP...a dv9910us laptop, G60-230US laptop and a d5200t desktop. For those it didn't natively detect, Windows Update picked them up, so getting those up and running was flawless. Seeing some driver versions were older than vendor-provided Vista drivers, like chipsets, I installed the Vista verions of those and was met with success, except for a modem driver upgrade. I don't use dialup, so no biggie there. And yes, I like the new UAC a lot better. You are no longer pestered with the UAC dialogue for basic system tasks, and if you find the new UAC to still be annoying, you get four levels of UAC to choose from, ranging from the "same as Vista" at the top all the way down to turning it off completely. Windows 7 by default uses the second from the top, which I think is an ideal setting. Despite its shortcomings, I like Vista. But Windows 7, in my opinion, is what Vista should have been. So kudos for Microsoft for finally getting this one right! Matt

tony
tony

sprint and other aircards are not compatible with windows 7. dammit, i may have to roll back to xp,,,,

albertspijkers
albertspijkers

I already did read some articles about upgrade paths from older versions of Windows client software to Windows 7. You focused on important issues to think about before upgrading. I think it is also important to stress the advantages of Windows 7, like much better performance and a better firewall (if active). I would also like to point to the link: http://windows7center.com/news/microsoft-releases-windows-7-upgrade-paths/ for more information. And the downloadable paper from the Microsoft link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e170eba1-5bab-401f-bbf5-00f0ee7fe0fb But all in all a good presentation! Good show!

reisen55
reisen55

Having learned our lessons bitterly after the perfect OUT OF THE BOX PRODUCT that was Vista, the IT community should take a dim view of deployment at least in a production environment. My big issues are.... COST My clients are feeling it big time, as I am COMPATIBILITY Do crucial business apps work? And don't argue about XP MODE which makes a good reason to STICK WITH XP. DELAY Do not even consider deployment until field testing.

sal7
sal7

Perfect Video .... Saleh J. Mansour

riceski
riceski

I upgraded from Vista HP -- to Windows7 RC. After I removed a driver - from a newer all in one and re-added the driver again [ setting up two printers - that were both Lexmarks.] the driver would never work. It had quit while adding the lexmark printer and had worked before. This is a real problem to me and makes me not want to chance 7. I looked up some changes and made them but the driver never ever worked. I had to go back to vista -then reload everything and then upgrade to 7 again to make it work. This is something that is scaring me from 7 -- riceski@gmail.com

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Microsoft is trying to avoid the version confusion Vista's launch created, by emphasizing just two Windows 7 SKUs--Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. Yet, the Redmond software giant still plans to offer at least six Windows 7 versions. Which will you choose? Take our poll and let us know: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=906

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