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Upgrading To Windows 7: No Slam Dunk

Many reviews of Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta have been upbeat, but a deeper look at what businesses may face in upgrading from Windows XP turned up many concerns. We tried to perform a simulated enterprise upgrade from XP to Windows 7, an attempt that failed and, in the process, uncovered pain points looming.

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The task at hand was simple enough: We wanted to create a master image of a PC that was upgraded from XP to Vista SP1 to Windows 7 beta. We would then attempt to "push" out that image to other XP clients on our test network, overwriting their hard drives, and hopefully giving us a quick way to get Windows 7 deployed. We recruited 10 ThinkPad T43 Laptops for the simulation.

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