This blog contains excerpts from How to Leverage Microsoft Tools to Make Your Windows 10 Migration Easier, part of HMB’s Seamless Migration to Windows 10 series.

How Are Your Windows 10 Migration Plans Coming Along?

Can you hear that? 

It’s the Windows 7 end of life countdown clock ticking louder every day. So, how are your Windows 10 migration plans coming along? 

Before you do any further planning, make sure you have the right planning tools in your migration toolbox. 

Microsoft offers two free tools that you should be using now to expedite and improve your planning… 

ACT Facilitates Application Discovery And Compatibility Testing 

One of the first steps in migration planning is taking an application’s inventory and testing for application compatibility with Windows 10. We’re talking everything in your environment ¾ from software installed throughout the organization and application packages (MSIs and APP-Vs), to applications that users have downloaded on their own over the years.

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)is an invaluable tool for tackling this job. It gives you a clear, comprehensive picture of all the software being used in your environment, which is essential for thorough compatibility testing. 

What’s more, since ACT is a lifecycle management tool, you can use it to manage your entire application portfolio moving forward. 

MAP Helps Streamline IT Infrastructure Planning

The second tool that is a must for your migration planning toolkit is Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This agentless, automated tool will help you determine if your current hardware will be compatible with Windows 10. 

MAP allows you to create a detailed inventory of all the devices in your network, and then test and report on the readiness of those devices to support the new operating system before it is installed. If compatibility or performance issues are found, MAP provides specific recommendations for the next steps.  

This free tool not only streamlines and accelerates the IT infrastructure planning process, but it can also save you (and end-users) a lot of time and hassle later. After all, the last thing you want to do is learn post-migration that users are being hampered by a bad driver or a lack of processing speed or disk space. 

Coming Next 

In our next blog, we’ll review a free tool from Microsoft that makes it easy to customize your entire Windows environment. 

But you don’t have to wait. Download How to Leverage Microsoft Tools to Make Your Windows 10 Migration Easier now.