2. Verify that your apps are compatible
The The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is a free tool from Microsoft to help admins identify application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7. The tool determines the outcomes of running an app that is not compatible, too.
3. Verify all hardware is compatible
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is a toolkit used to assess and inventory the hardware and devices on computers within your network. It then reports which systems are good to go for a Windows 7 installation. Device drivers have always been a sore spot for Windows migrations.
4. Migrate user settings
User State Migration Tool (USMT) is a tool that will help you migrate user settings and features from an old PC to the new Windows 7 installation. This scriptable command-line tool is easy to use, too.
5. Automate the work
Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7 is a set of tools and documents to help admins deploy Windows 7 automatically. It configures answer files, captures Windows images and then configures or modify those images.
6. Take automation to the next level
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command line tool that consolidates some of the management functions in WAIK and allows you to configure features packages and updates of images throughout the life of the image. It is the next generation of Microsoft's previous rollout tools Package Manager, PEimg and Intlcfg.
7. Don't touch that client
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is a toolset that provides a deployment workbench for configuring the operating system, applications and user settings. Used with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, it enables a zero-touch deployment.
8. Deploy Windows 7 while you sleep
Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a server role that will allow you to automatically deploy Windows 7 over the network from a centralised location. WDS supports multicast deployments and unattended installations. However, not all clients can work with WDS.
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