Story posted March 23, 2010
On Oct 22, 2009, Microsoft released its new operating system, Windows 7. Information Technology has assembled a project team to begin testing compatibility between software and hardware at Bowdoin and Windows 7.
Phase 1: Software and hardware (scanners, printers, computers) will be tested for compatibility by the Windows project team. Help Desk and other IT front line staff will be preparing and going to certification classes to be ready to provide support for Windows 7 on campus.
Phase 2: Larger Bowdoin infrastructure will be tested and upgraded to be compatible with Windows 7. This includes the print server, the Windows security update server, the Sophos Antivirus server and many other systems that support the college network and services. A Campus wide training plan will be developed for Windows 7.
Phase 3: The Windows 7 team will develop guidelines and recommendations, based on testing, for upgrading and deploying Windows 7 to Bowdoin faculty, staff, loaner laptops, lab and classroom computers.
Phase 4: Upgrade lab, classroom and office computers to Windows 7.
March 26, 2010 – Coles Tower 2 West lab and 10 loaner laptops upgraded to Windows 7 for pilot testing.
June 1, 2010 – Pilot begins for Windows 7 early adopters.
July 1, 2010 – New computers delivered through the 4 year auto replacement and reallocation program (CAP) will have Windows 7 installed.
July - August, 2010 – Classroom and lab computers and loaner laptops will be upgraded to Windows 7.
October 2010 - January 2011 – Upgrade Faculty and Staff computers that were not in the 2010 CAP delivery.
Windows 7 will be installed in the Coles West lab located on the second floor by March 26. This is a 24 hour lab so stop by anytime and try it out! The IT Help Desk is also nearby if you have any questions!
Microsoft also has some great videos about using Windows 7 right on their website.
If you have a Dell computer at home, Dell also provides a Windows 7 resource center.
A computer that has Windows Vista can be upgraded to Windows 7 provided it meets the minimum system requirements.
There is not a direct upgrade path for Windows XP computers to Windows 7. A data back up and fresh install must be done.
Additionally, not all Windows XP systems can run Windows 7- your computer must meet the minimum requirements.
It is recommended that if you install Windows 7, install the 64bit version. The main difference between 32 bit and 64 bit is the ability of 64 bit to utilize more than 4 gb of Ram.
Please note: Not all software is compatible with 64 bit so check your computer and software requirements before installing this.
Windows 7 will be installed in the Coles 2 West lab located on the second floor by March 26. This is a 24 hour lab so stop by anytime and try it out! The IT Help Desk is also nearby if you have any questions!