USMT and OfflineWinOld tools to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7

With release of Windows 7, companies are exploring various options to move on from XP. But there’s a catch: XP cannot be in-place upgraded to Windows 7. And even if you could upgrade it, most IT admins are wary of in-place upgrades, even if only by reputation. So what do you do? You use USMT […]

With release of Windows 7, companies are exploring various options to move on from XP. But there’s a catch: XP cannot be in-place upgraded to Windows 7. And even if you could upgrade it, most IT admins are wary of in-place upgrades, even if only by reputation. So what do you do? You use USMT 4.0’s new offline migration feature /OfflineWinOld. The high level process: 1. Examine your current XP image(s) and inventory what apps’re installed 2. Make decision on how you plan to deploy: a. Use Windows 7 DVD and install applications by hand (less than 100 computers – keep reading this post) b. Create new Windows 7 image that contains all your apps and is sysprepped (more than 100 computers. c. MDT 2010 or SCCM 2007. 3. Install WAIK somewhere and drop USMT directory onto a network share or thumb drive. 4. Install Windows 7 on an XP computer using a “Custom (Advanced)” installation and not formatting hard drive. Add apps and join computer back to the domain 5. Run USMT scanstate with an offlinewinold hardlink migration 6. Run USMT loadstate against that hard link store 7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until done 8. Give self a raise - just like Congress.

Full Article: USMT and OfflineWinOld: Taking XP to Windows 7 in a Hurry