I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on the lessons learned with Windows 7 migration. There are plenty of articles about optimizing the Windows 7 image (I’ve even authored a few of them in my Windows 7 Optimization section). However, I am left to wonder if some of these recommendations go too far.

Most users want to personalize their desktop. They want to configure their own backgrounds. They want to configure their themes. They want desktop sounds to alert them of email messages (Myself, I have a Homer Simpson “D’oh” sound whenever I receive email). So why are we recommending that we disable all of these features?

To save resources. Yes. That is the answer, but is it a good strategy? Disabling this functionality will save some network and system resources but the cost is user acceptance. User acceptance is going to make or break the desktop virtualization solution. You don’t believe me? Look at your own desktop. Did you customize the background? Sounds? Themes? What else? What would you say if you couldn’t do these things?

What would you say if Microsoft or Apple lacked this personalization functionality? They wouldn’t hear the end of it. They would be criticized by every person that touches the OS. So why am I seeing so many Windows 7 optimization guides recommend doing just that?

There is nothing wrong with optimizing the desktop, but these optimizations should not impact the overall acceptance from the users.

Daniel – Lead Architect – Worldwide Consulting Solutions
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