We're two weeks into Window 7 and the most significant feedback indicates that the upgrade process from XP is a spectacular pain in the ass.Essentially, it is what we IT Pros would call a parallel or sideways install. This type of install is a complete, new install that once in place necessitates a move of the users data from the old system to the new. While this approach is good in the sense that it avoids the problem of "upgrading" possibly corrupt XP files, it can be an arduous process.

 

Gartner Group, a prominent market research group, has has this to say:

They also recommend strongly that businesses start testing for Windows 7 now, citing that mainstream support for Windows XP ended in April and any support for XP from ISVs (independent software vendors) will dry up toward the end of 2011. In other words, if you stall, you will end up in a support crunch, Gartner says. Further, they estimate that migration costs could be $1,035 to $1,930 per user to move from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Businesses need to start testing for Windows 7 now, citing that mainstream support for Windows XP ended in April and any support for XP from ISVs (independent software vendors) will dry up toward the end of 2011. In other words, if you stall, you will end up in a support crunch, Gartner says.

Another important point is that Windows XP drivers for external devices are not compatiible with Windows 7, so some clients may not be able to upgrade until compatible device drivers exist.

In our experience at Excalibur, installs of Windows 7 on new hardware are fairly clean and rapid, but we have not yet migrated existing users because we are waiting on application compatibility testing for our individual clients. This compatibility testing will be complete shortly.