Efficiently Migrating from Windows XP and Protecting PCs not Migrated Before XP Support Expires
The clock is ticking on Windows XP support. With Microsoft ending support for Windows XP in a few months, migrating XP systems to Windows 7 or 8 is essential to ensure security and performance of your systems. However, most organizations find migration to be a drain on time and resources. And many will be unable to migrate all of their XP systems before Microsoft support for XP ends in April, 2014. According to a July 2013 survey by Dimensional Research, only 37 percent of the surveyed companies had completed their migration from Windows XP, and more than half of the 63 percent that were still in the process of migrating did not anticipate completion before April, 2014.
Will your organization complete its XP migration before the end of Microsoft support?
Dell has established a four-step process for successful and timely migration of your devices from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, and provides the tools to automate and simplify each step:
- Step I – Planning: Inventory, analysis, and rationalization
- Step II – Applications: Testing, remediation and repackaging
- Step III – Deployment: Migration of systems and user content
- Step IV – Support: Ongoing maintenance
And what do you do with those devices that remain on Windows XP beyond the XP support deadline – either through lack of time to migrate all devices or due to compatibility issues? The following actions can provide you with some peace of mind that these devices remain protected:
- Prevent configuration drift — Secure configuration guidelines and periodically scan to prevent drift
- Remove user’s right to change security settings — Continually scan and change back as needed
- White-list software — Review software inventory periodically and uninstall problematic software
You can find out more by accessing our joint webinar with IDC, Best Practices for Migrating from Windows XP and Protecting PCs not Migrated Before XP Support Expires. Lear more about our deployment and imaging appliance, KACE K2000, and our system management appliance, KACE K1000, by going to our website.