No, not that end. The end of support for Microsoft XP, of course. 40% of all businesses still are using it. So what happens to all XP machines on April 8, 2014?

End of support of XP means that Microsoft will no longer push security updates through Windows Update which are essential for stopping viruses and malware.

The lack of security updates for XP may also lead to your company being out of compliance for standards such as HIPAA, SOX and PCI. Of secondary consideration is the fact that software vendors most likely will not support XP on the latest version of their software packages. For more information, you can visit Microsoft’s XP EOS Page.

Things that need to be considered when putting together a migration plan include:

1. Can your current hardware meet the requirements for Windows 7 or 8.1?
2. Are all of your company’s applications compatible with Windows 7 or 8.1?
3. For larger organizations, which is the best method to deploy the image- “thick” (OS and applications) or “thin” (OS only)?
4. Will it be necessary to provide end user training after the deployment?

Depending on the number of PCs involved, migrating to Windows 7 (or 8.1) can be quite an undertaking. We have put together some tools to help you through the process. As always, TUC engineers stand ready to assist in any way possible.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Zero Touch Win 7 Deployment with VMWare Mirage

VMware Mirage Windows 7 Migration Calculator