Windows 7: Deployment

Applies To: Windows 7

This collection provides information about application compatibility, and guidance about how to deploy, upgrade, or migrate to the Windows® 7 operating system.

Application Compatibility

Read about the steps that you should take to prepare for application-compatibility testing and evaluation during a Windows 7 operating system-deployment project:

Getting Started with Application Compatibility in a Windows Deployment

Download the ACT 5.5 and its associated tools from the following Web site:

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5

Learn how to embark on the application compatibility process for testing new releases of Internet Explorer with the applications running in your organization:

Addressing Application Compatibility When Migrating to Internet Explorer 8

Learn about how to reduce the cost of deployment for Windows 7 by accelerating the mitigation of blocking application compatibility issues, including understanding how shims work, when to consider applying shims, and how to manage the shims that you apply:

Managing Shims in an Enterprise

Upgrade and Migration

Learn about upgrading or migrating files and settings to Windows 7 by using Windows Setup or Windows Easy Transfer:

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration

Learn about supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows 7 operating system:

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

User State Migration Tool 4.0

Desktop Deployment

Read an overview about the new deployment features in Windows 7:

Windows 7 Desktop Deployment Overview

Learn answers to common questions about deploying Windows 7:

Windows 7 Deployment Frequently Asked Questions

Learn the high-level steps for IT professionals to perform an enterprise-scale desktop deployment project—starting with Windows XP and moving to Windows 7:

Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z

Learn about the new features related to VHD files for virtual machine deployment in Windows 7:

Virtual Hard Disks in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Automated Installation Kit