10 Issues to Watch For in Implementing Windows 7

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    Don Reisinger

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1. It's Not XPThe vast majority of organizations decided to skip Windows Vista. It was a smart move. Microsoft's last operating system was rife with problems. Several hardware and software products didn't work with the operating system when it was released. It was subject to security issues. And perhaps worst of all, it failed to deliver a reasonable improvement over XP. But now that Windows 7 is everything that Vista should have been, companies using XP first need to realize that it's nothing like their favored operating system. There will be growing pains when switching between interfaces. 
Windows 7 might have been released nearly a year ago, but the operating system has yet to take over at many businesses. Deploying Windows 7 will be a big, costly job for some. For others, there's concern that implementing Microsoft's latest operating system will hurt productivity, at least for a short while, as users are accustomed to Windows XP or even Windows Vista. But implementing Windows 7 has gone from a choice to a necessity. Some businesses are still using outdated Windows XP machines that are barely hanging on. And most agree that Windows 7 is a great improvement over its predecessor, Windows Vista. Plus, the operating system will likely be the only available OS from Microsoft for the foreseeable future. In other words, it's only a matter of time before companies start moving to Windows 7 in droves. But before they do, let's take a look at some things they should consider when implementing Windows 7.
This article was originally published on 2010-06-06
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.