Using ProfileUnity™ to Migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10

 If you’re a desktop administrator faced with the looming task of migrating Windows 7 users to Windows 10 on hundreds of desktops (physical or virtual), you need a plan that both makes the transition process easier and keeps users productive.  ProfileUnity manages such user environment changes while also allowing the co-existence of Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems during the process. Windows 10 itself has multiple profile versions. At the time of writing there are as many as three versions of user profiles in the Windows 10 releases to date.

Ever since the introduction of Windows XP, Microsoft has engaged in a pattern of changing file locations and names within the Windows user profile – literally changing file names and locations within the user profile. For example, the Application Data folder name may change to AppData within the OS. Registry locations may also change between OS versions. Consequently, every new version of Windows has introduced a different profile version format.  As a result, profile versions over succeeding Windows OS versions are incompatible with each other.  Basic profile tools such as Microsoft Roaming Profiles and Microsoft U-EV would essentially “break” a user profile if they attempt to deliver one profile format into a later version format, e.g. Windows 7 to Windows 10. 

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