How to Install, Upgrade & Deploy Windows 7: Microsoft’s Free Software & Resources

Windows Easy Transfer takes the hassle out of migrating important files, e-mail, pictures, and settings from your old PC to your new one.  (Support: Upgrading in 5 Easy Steps! & Microsoft’s How To Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard By Using the Windows XP CD-ROM)
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Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine – Free Microsoft Press eBook selected topics: Deployment Platform, Planning Deployment, Testing Application Compatability, and 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations.  
USMT – User State Migration Tool is recommended for an IT Pro to use for migrating other users. (Support: USMT User’s Guide, USMT Walkthrough Screencast)
Migrating from Windows XP highlights how the User State Migration Tool (USMT), included in the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7, can be used to migrate user files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 using a default installation. (See Also "Migrating from Windows XP – Screencast")
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), a new command-line tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. DISM consolidates the core image management functions of multiple tools found in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and enables IT professionals to view components of an applied or mounted operating system image and add or remove packages, software updates, and drivers.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Learn how to use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to migrate user files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 using a default installation.
User State Migration Tool (USMT) for Windows 7 is now part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and provides fast and flexible options to migrate user profiles and data from one operating system to another. Explore how the new Hard-Link Migration feature highlighted in his demonstration can dramatically reduce migration time for in-place operating system migration or computer refresh scenarios. 
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:
      • Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance.
      • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.
      • Fully automated Zero Touch Installation deployments by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate and Windows deployment tools. For those without a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure, MDT leverages Windows deployment tools for Lite Touch Installation deployments.  
PART 1: Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 – "Building the Deployment Environment" Learn how to build media that will automatically migrate computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 with user data, custom applications and drivers. This demonstration will walk you through the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Deployment Workbench and how it works.
PART 2: Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 – "Initiating the Install and Migrating the PC" – Explore the user experience for migrating the Windows XP computer to Windows 7 and how brief – or “lite touch” – interaction is required up front to automate the entire process of data migration, OS installation, driver and application customization, and domain join.
PART 3: Windows 7 Deployment Tools – "Deployment Workbench in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010" – This demonstration shows how the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is used to create deployment media to install Windows 7. The process includes migration of user files and settings, automated installation of the Windows 7 operating system, automated installation custom applications and performing additional configurations needed when migrating from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7.
PART 4: Windows 7 Deployment Tools – "Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration" – This demonstration shows the migration experience from Windows XP to Windows 7 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. We will show how user files and settings are migrated quickly using hard-links, applications can be installed and customized according to user roles, and Windows 7 is installed and configured with minimal up-front initiation from the IT administrator. 

    • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.5) – evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows Vista, Windows 7, a Windows Update, or a new version of Internet Explorer. (Support:  ACT 5 Step by Step Guides)
    • Desktop Deployment Planning Services is a Software Assurance Packaged Services Benefit that offers pre-deployment planning designed to help guide customers through deployment and business value planning stages of Desktop implementation.
    • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit an agentless toolkit that finds computers on a network, performing a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Remote Registry Service, or the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
IBM Hardware Pack, helps to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right resources for your IT needs. The tool provides guidance on consolidating workloads with Microsoft virtualization technologies on IBM System x and BladeCenter servers.
    • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations.
    • Security Baselines Beta for Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 8 provides recommendations to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.
    • Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series provides IT professionals with an end-to-end solution to help them plan, deploy, and monitor security baselines of Windows operating systems and 2007 Microsoft Office applications.
    • VDI Optimizer Tool configurs Windows 7/Windows Vista/Server 2008 images for use in a VDI environment. The VDI Optimizer Tool outputs a VBScript (based on the selections you make in the GUI interface), which can then be used to apply performance and configuration settings to images that will be deployed via VDI platforms – this is particularly useful if you are using MDT 2010 for your image engineering process as the VBScript can bolted into the task sequence using a Run Command Line task
    • Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file to USB flash drive or DVD. To create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.  (Alt Solution)

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