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Decision Point for Choosing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in Windows XP Migrations

Published: 07 January 2014

ID: G00258212

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson


IT organizations running Windows XP are approaching the April 2014 end-of-life deadline; many will not meet that deadline. Organizations starting migrations in 2014 must also choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, balancing easier migration on Windows 7 vs. superior features on Windows 8.1.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Requirements
    • Constraints
  • Principles


Future Developments

  • Business as Usual
  • Eliminate Windows Device Dependencies
  • Eliminate Windows Application Dependencies

Decision Tool

  • Windows XP Migration Project Status
    • Decision Justification
  • Organizational Readiness for Windows 8.1
    • Decision Justification
  • Evaluate ISV Application Readiness
    • Decision Justification
    • Determine the Readiness of ISV-Supported Browser-Based Applications
    • Determine the Readiness of ISV-Supported Win32-Based Applications
  • Evaluate the Readiness of In-House-Developed Applications
    • Decision Justification

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