Windows 7 @ CU
Frequently Asked Questions
last updated: May 22, 2012
For departmental faculty and staff computers, Windows 7 will be installed on a department by department basis. DoIT will be contacting departments regarding the migration to Windows 7 beginning on the east side of campus. If you have questions, please contact the Service Desk at 402-280-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Windows 7 can only be installed on University-owned computers.
With over 5,000 computers on campus, migrating CU to Windows 7 is a large project requiring complex preparation. Research and development has been underway since fall 2010, and extensive testing was conducted in spring 2011, with widespread campus rollout beginning in summer and fall 2012. End-of-life for Windows XP is April, 2014. This page is intended to answer many questions CU faculty, staff, and students will have about Windows 7 @ CU. Because this is a dynamic project, this page will be updated to reflect developing circumstances.
What is DoIT's planning schedule for implementing Windows 7?
Beginning in spring semester 2012, we will conducted limited Windows 7 deployment testing with a small number of pilot departments. By summer 2012 we were ready for a widespread rollout. All new computers purchased have Windows 7 installed; classrooms will be upgraded to Windows 7 after the spring 2012 term, as well as selected departmental labs; and we have a procedure where compatible existing computers can be switched over from XP to Windows 7 quickly.
What version of Microsoft Office will be included with Windows 7?
Windows 7 computers will have Microsoft Office 2010 installed.
Will my existing computer be ready for migration to Windows 7?
Microsoft's stated minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 are: 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit x86 processor; 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit); 16 GB available hard disk space; and DirectX 9 graphics device. Based on our research at this point, to have acceptable performance under Windows 7, the IT Division recommends that it not be installed on any computer that does not have a dual-core processor and at least 2 GB RAM. Most desktop and laptop computers that were purchased on campus in summer 2007 or later will be ready for Windows 7. If your department has computers older than that, you should plan for replacement of those computers within the next couple of years. Microsoft has announced "end of life" for Windows XP in 2014, meaning they will no longer provide security patches, so it will be important for us to eliminate all computers running XP before that time.
Will my software and peripherals work with Windows 7?
We have tested all of the software applications that are being used on campus. Specialized software has also been tested and areas that are non-DoIT supported will be migrated to Windows 7 by their support teams.
Why will I want to convert to Windows 7?
Many people find the Windows 7 user interface to be more attractive, more efficient, and easier to navigate. Depending on the software you run, you may find Windows 7 to be faster or to crash less frequently. Windows 7 boots faster, manages memory better, and provides support for computers with multiple processors. Windows 7 also provides enhanced security and as a new operating system, will receive updates and patches from Microsoft on an ongoing basis. Because most new computers are now sold with Windows 7, you may be looking forward to having Windows 7 on campus computers so the operating system will match your home computer.
What are some of the key technical considerations in a campus-wide migration to Windows 7?
Converting to a new operating system across an entire college network is a complex planning project. There is a need for widespread testing of software packages we depend upon and hardware that may need to be upgraded. Labs and classrooms must continue to support specialized instructional software. Our mission-critical systems such as Banner and Blueline must be ready to support the new browser software (Internet Explorer 8).
We have been working with Windows 7 in DoIT for some time and we are beginning to have a detailed understanding about technical issues to be resolved before we begin to support it. For example, our campus-wide lab login system is based on an operating system technology that no longer exists as part of Windows 7. Because we have highly customized our login system, we must re-create a lot of our work in a new development environment in order to get the same reliable functionality.
As clients are migrated to Windows 7, we will be promoting a "security-enchanced desktop" where access permissions will be set to Standard user.
Who in DoIT is responsible for implementing Windows 7?
The Desktop Engineer team is leading the Windows 7 @ CU implementation. The migration project is being managed by Luke Herdzina, DoIT Asset Manager with the support of Mark Mongar, DoIT Executive Director and Brian Young, DoIT Vice President.
How can I send a question or suggestion to the Windows 7 technical implementation committee, or request a specific software title to be tested?
Submit an email to the Service Desk at email@example.com.