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Windows 7 Upgrade Information

Beginning in the Fall 2010 semester, the university student labs, university instructional computer labs, and the laptop loan computers will be moving to the newest version of Windows - Windows 7. Although IRT did not move to Vista due to initial problems with the release, we normally prefer to give students the latest version of operating software on university lab machines.

The current version of the Windows operating system has been created by Microsoft to be more simple and efficient to use, with both fun and useful features and improved security features. The installation of Windows 7 is also important because Microsoft announced that beginning October 2010, security updates will no longer be provided.

What are some of the benefits of moving to Windows 7?

  • Manage multiple windows: Multiple windows can be easily managed and viewed using the snap feature.
  • Easily find programs: Locate programs easily by using instant search located in the task bar start menu.
  • A four-mode calculator: Windows 7 provides an updated calculator that has four modes to choose from: Standard, Scientific, Programmer and Statistics, as well as degree and measurement conversions.
  • More Keyboard shortcuts: With Windows 7, you can quickly access, minimize, maximize, or move programs with a few keyboard buttons because of enhanced keyboard shortcuts.
  • Easier Presentation Setup: Users can quickly setup laptops to use the classrooms projection screen by selecting the windows symbol + P on the keyboard.
  • User Friendly: Windows 7 makes it easier to find programs and organize documents
  • Easily clear other windows: Windows 7 shake feature allows you to go from a cluttered screen to one window. By selecting the document/program you wish to work on and giving the mouse a shake, all windows disappear except the selected one. Shake the mouse again to bring back all windows.
  • Quickly view the desktop: The peek feature with Windows 7 allows you to quickly view the desktop screen through multiple open windows.
  • Instant access to the calendar, clock, and weather: With gadgets, you have quick access to useful features like a calendar, a clock, the weather, and a currency converter. To access gadgets, right-click on the desktop and select ‘gadgets.’
  • Paint better: An updated paint program is easier to use with the ribbon toolbar rather than going through menus. Windows 7 paint also allows various levels of shading through the use of new realistic paint brushes.
  • Recognizes your USB device quicker: Windows 7 quickly recognizes your USB device after plugging it in.
  • Capture what you are doing: The snipping tool allows you to take a screenshot of the entire desktop or part of the desktop by outlining the area you want with the mouse. You can then annotate the screenshot and send it in an e-mail.
  • An advanced WordPad: WordPad now offers more formatting options that are displayed in the ribbon toolbar rather than being inside menus.

For how-to-videos on Windows 7 features, visit the Microsoft Windows how-to-page.

What are the Differences between Windows 7, Vista, and XP?

A side-by-side comparison of Microsoft Operating Systems XP. Vista, and 7 are available here

Functions Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7
Multi-task more easily       X        X       X
Browse the web easily and more safely       X        X       X
Find files and programs instantly          X       X
Open the programs and files you use most in just a click or two           X
Navigate lots of open windows more quickly           X
Organize lots of files, documents, and photos effortlessly           X
Run lots of programs at once with better performance on 64-bit PCs       X        X       X
Built-in protection against spyware and other malicious software          X       X
Help keep your data private and secure          X       X
Run many Windows XP productivity programs       X         X
Designed for faster sleep and resume           X
Improved power management for longer battery life           X
Create and share movies and slideshows in minutes          X       X
Get the most realistic game graphics and vivid multi-media          X       X
Touch and tap instead of point and click           X

What does this upgrade mean to me?

Faculty: If you have specific “how to” instructions for computer assignments to students, they may be affected by the change in Windows operating systems, and require updating. Use of applications should not be affected until the next version of Office (Office 2010), but any instructions or helpful pictures that relate to the XP operating system may need to be revised in order to accurately reflect the new operating system features.

Staff: Computers provided by the Faculty/Staff Resource Center will all be upgraded to Windows 7. Take the opportunity to join us in the FSRC to explore and learn more about the new features in Windows 7. More information about future Windows 7 rollouts will be provided on this webpage, please check back soon.

Students: Student computer stations supported by IRT will run Windows 7 beginning Fall 2010. These computers include the open-computer lab computers, instructional computer labs and the computers provided through the laptop loan checkout program.

Windows 7 Training

The IRT Service Center will provide Windows 7 training for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning about the new features and becoming oriented with the Windows 7 operating system.

The following are the current training dates and locations:

Faculty/Staff

Date Time Location
September 9, 2010 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM AIRC 3013
September 9, 2010 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM AIRC 3013
September 15, 2010 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM AIRC 3013
September 15, 2010 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM AIRC 3013


Students

Date Time Location
September
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
AIRC 3008
September
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM AIRC 3008
September
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
AIRC 3008
September
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM AIRC 3008

Want to learn more about Windows 7?

For how-to videos on Windows 7 features, visit the Microsoft Windows how-to page.