Top 4 Challenges to Migrating from Windows XP

With Windows XP support discontinuing in April 2014, it’s time to really evaluate how to effectively migrate your operating system to an updated version of Windows. Upgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 will enable you use newer and updated programs and allow you to receive support when necessary. However, there are four challenges you can encounter when migrating from one operating system to the next, such as:

  1. 16-bit Application Compatibility:  Applications built on a 16-bit architecture are not supported on Windows 7/8.1.
  2. IE6 and Custom Applications: Applications built specifically for IE6 still need to function with an operation system upgrade, but some companies may not be able to upgrade their applications to work on Windows 7/8.1.
  3. Labor Costs and Time: Staffing time and labor involved in updating these applications are costly and time consuming.
  4. Device Hardware Updates: Inventory may need to be replaced or require new hardware installation in order to handle the new operating system.

Instead of handling these challenges on your own, it is best to accelerate the process using a desktop virtualization system. The system can improve migration by evaluating applications, providing insight, and offering on-demand application delivery. Virtualization handles all the upgrades so you don’t waste your time and money replacing hardware and installing it yourself.