Switching to Windows 7? Virtualize first

While many IT departments are happy with the results of their Windows 7 upgrades, they probably weren’t too thrilled about the upgrade process itself. One way to make the ordeal easier:

Virtualize your desktops.

As NetworkWorld reports, many experts are recommending businesses complete desktop virtualization projects before switching operating systems. Having virtual desktops makes the process of moving users from an old desktop to a Windows 7 machine quicker and easier.

Of course, virtualization projects can be expensive and time consuming on their own — so it’s likely not worth the trouble just to reap the benefits of an easier OS upgrade.

But if your company is considering both desktop virtualization and a switch to Windows 7, virtualizing first can save a lot of trouble.

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