With the pleasant acceptance of Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft seemed to be ahead of the game in customer satisfaction. Their draw back came however with the launch of Windows Vista and the multiple issues it had. Microsoft was desperate for a hit to get back into the game. Lucky for the software giant, Windows 7 turned out to be their savior gaining much praise form its world wide market.

Growing concerns

However, it may not be all merry for the company. According to net survey, social networks, and blog sites, users are mostly worried about Win7’s compatibility and application issues.

Even with the hyped reviews of Windows 7’s massive improvement as compared to Vista, majority of SMBs are sticking with Windows XP. It might definitely be a step in the right direction, but still some Win7 consumers are mentioning that the new OS might not go hand in hand with all programs and some hardware.

In the first five months of its release, there have been lots of speculations about compatibility.

In reality, earlier compatibility issues have already been addressed by Microsoft itself. Through its Windows 7 compatibility center, Microsoft lets users dig through an extensive database of hardware and software to find which peripherals and programs are up to waste.

Issue of Migration

One important matter to note is the fact that Windows 7’s user profile is different in terms of structure as compared to that of Win XP. For administrators, they need to fully understand the difference before starting the migration. This is according to Simon Rust, Vice President of technology at AppSense.

“One of the key ingredients to a successful Win7 deployment familiarity with the Microsoft Application compatibility toolkit” says Dan Griffin, managing partner at JW Secure. This allows administrators to test existing software portfolio against the new OS; any issues found can be diagnosed using the toolkit.

Some Upgrades required.

Upgrades for Win7 compatibility are mandatory for both hardware and software. Upgrade recommendations for all machines, especially those that will run the 64-bit version to atleast2GB of memory.

Administrators should tie the OS upgrade to hardware upgrade purchases. Meaning that they should at all times treat OS and PC upgrades as one. This can be done by purchasing new machines (laptops, desktops and netbooks) preloaded with Win7. This will also help to prevent manual upgrade and hardware compatibility testing.