You can perform an in-place migration of existing Windows XP or Vista endpoints to Windows 7 on the same equipment.

The migration process first downloads the Windows 7 image to the endpoints and then applies the image. You can perform the Windows 7 in-place migration in two ways:

You can download and apply the Windows base layer in one step. The Windows 7 image is migrated to the endpoints after all the CVDs in the task have finished downloading.

Alternatively, you can download first and apply to selected or all CVDs at a later time. This gives control over when the new Windows 7 is applied to specific endpoints. Since the download time might vary by endpoint, you might find it convenient to migrate certain endpoints that have finished downloading in advance of the others.

In both cases, you start with a basic procedure, where you choose whether to apply CVDs right way, or just download and apply them later. See Basic Windows 7 In-Place Migration Procedure.

If you choose to only download CVD, after the basic procedure is finished, you complete the migration procedure by performing the steps described in Download First and Apply in Stages.

To perform a migration to different hardware, see Migrate to Windows 7 Replacement Devices.