Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Upgrade Tool

For businesses still trying to determine whether Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 will be an ideal upgrade this October 22, Microsoft has refitted its Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 (v4.0.2842.0) with the ability to analyze a PC with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2 and other Microsoft products in mind (even Office 2007). According to Microsoft, this new beta's key functions will include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and then generate an "environment-specific IT proposal for migration to most Microsoft technologies."

"For most IT consultants and Microsoft Partners, a detailed network inventory and assessment of servers and desktops often takes days of manual labor," said Baldwin Ng, senior product manager of Microsoft's Assessment and Planning. "With Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, you can now conduct an environment inventory of up to 100,000 computers in a matter of hours instead of days, giving you extra time to focus on critical planning or pre-sales tasks. For IT professionals, this toolkit can significantly reduce the time it takes to gather the information necessary to make the business case for client, server, and virtualization projects."

To download the tool, end-users will need a valid Windows Live ID in order to sign into Microsoft Connect. The initial download weighs in just under 13 MB; there's also an additional Getting Started Guide and Read Me notes in HTML format that can be downloaded as well. Although geared towards IT professionals and consultants, the beta may also be suitable for consumers, and an ideal evaluation tool to use before (possibly) downloading and installing the recently-released Windows 7 RC that is available for free download.

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    Not bad.
  • hemelskonijn
    I just ran the installation and to know if i can run Windows 7 on this box i need to buy at least microsoft word and excel version 2003.

    The reason i ran it in the first place was to see if it gave a clear outcome on if your system supports a 64 bit version.
    As i am the go to geek for many people this is from time to time hard to answer over the phone and the vista upgrade advisory tool just states your current version and wont tell you if your system is able to run 64-bit.

    This might seem to basic to build a tool for but i think it would relieve a lot of frustration and possible even lead to more sales.
  • hemelskonijn
    Edit to my post above:

    I just ran the installation and to know if i can run Windows 7 on this box i need to buy at least microsoft word and excel version 2003 to complete the installation.