Process for moving staff from Windows XP to Windows 7
As the title suggests what I'm after is a process that we can follow to move staff machines from XP to 7 without the loss of data. At the moment we have some staff who save things locally and don't always save things onto the network. We have been providing Windows 7 when staff have a new machine, but now we want to move everyone over to Windows 7. I've been asked to look into how we can do this without any members of staff loosing their local files. We also have some staff who are reluctant to change due to old software they are running becoming unsupported on newer versons so we need a way to ensure there are no problems and so don't result in more people being reluctant to change.
As staff will have no doubt saved something somewhere they shouldn't have (and then forgotten about it) what we don't want is to backup everything we were told about only to find out we missed something.
We had a couple of ideas
Replace the HDD and keep it for a limited time while user has a chance to request old documents.
Make an image of the original Client and keep it for a limited time while user has a chance to request old documents.
Something along the lines of Data migration to transfer files while when machine is upgraded.
Problem is we want something that is "bullet proof" so that when a member of staff suddenly remembers that they forgot about *InsertImportantDocument* we can recover it.
While I know this is a user problem, we are trying to ensure we have covered all of the bases. So what I'm after is did you guys backup computers before upgrading or did you just let staff know that they need to backup their own stuff or it gets lots? And what practical options have we got to backup the existing computer before re-imaging onto Windows 7?