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Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 is the next generation operating system which replaces Windows XP. Windows 7 has many improvements over Windows XP, making it faster and easier to use.

Beginning in Spring 2011, Information Technology Services will pilot Windows 7 in a couple locations on campus. For staff and faculty wanting to be part of the pilot, simply contact us and we’ll coordinate a time to migrate your existing data to Windows 7. We do not anticipate a university-wide rollout until Summer 2011.

Implementation Timeline

  • Spring 2011: Windows 7 pilot in the ACC lab and public library workstations. Opt-in/pilot available for staff and faculty.
  • Summer 2011: University-wide rollout to classroom, staff and faculty
  • Fall 2011: Completion of rollout to faculty computers not available over the summer

Windows 7 Tutorials

Below you will find useful resources which will help you navigate and effectively use Windows 7. The links and videos below should provide a good introduction to Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Windows 7.

  • Windows XP vs. Windows 7 – An introduction to Windows 7 which details some of the differences between Windows XP and Windows 7.
  • Getting Around the Desktop – This guide outlines new features of the Windows 7 Desktop and includes some tips and tricks for managing windows and shortcuts.
  • Finding Your Files in Windows 7 - A guide to managing files through the new Windows 7 library which also details using the new Windows search features.
  • Setting Your Default Printer - These instructions will show you how to set your default printer in Windows 7 to the printer you plan on using most frequently.
  • Guide to Aero Desktop Features - An introduction to Windows 7 Aero features. To turn on Aero, right click on the Desktop, select Personalize, then select a theme from the heading “Aero Themes”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I obtain Windows 7 for my own personal computer?
Yes! Microsoft Windows 7 is available to staff, faculty and students’ personal computers at a discounted rate through our software licensing agreement with Microsoft. Simply visit the online software purchasing store.

Q. Will Windows 7 affect how I open and save documents or other work files?
No, if you use Microsoft Office 2007 to create documents on your computer with Windows XP, it will look and act the same on Windows 7. You will not have to change the format or how you save a document.

Q. What if I am out of the office while the upgrades are taking place?
Don’t worry, we will not upgrade your computer from Microsoft Windows XP to Microsoft Windows 7 until we have coordinated with you.

Q. Will I lose any of my data?
To make the migration as smooth as possible, please be sure to back up all your work files prior to Information Technology Services upgrading your operating system to Windows 7. This may include documents in your My Documents folder or on your desktop. We recommend backing up your work files to network shares, such as the P: or X: drives. We will also send you a document in which you may list locations or software programs you would like us to migrate.

Q. Will I be able to work on my computer during the installation?
No, Technology Services will be working on re-imaging your workstation to Windows 7 and migrating all your data. If you would like a temporary laptop to work on, please note that in correspondences with Technology Services.

Q. How long does the migration take?
The migration typically takes 2 to 3 hours.


For best service, contact Technology Services using our online Service Request Form. You can also contact us at 202-884-9811. The Technology Services office is located in the basement of Main Hall in office B-20.

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