The Truman computer labs and classrooms will be upgraded to Windows 7 for the Fall Semester

The Truman computer labs and classrooms will be upgraded to Windows 7 for the Fall Semester

April 27, 2012

This fall the ITS managed computer labs and classrooms will all be running Windows 7 as the default, not Windows XP.  Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP soon so we need to begin migrating all of our campus systems to Windows 7.

If you are not familiar with Windows 7 and you teach in one of our classrooms, you may want to consider upgrading your office machine over the summer.  In any case, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the Windows 7 features before the start of the Fall Semester.

Contact ITS at x4544 and ask for your upgrade to Windows 7

The ITS web site has information on using Windows 7 with Truman specific resources; Banner, Blackboard, TruView, network printers, network drives etc.  ITS will create a web page dedicated to Windows 7 resources and offer workshops and training during the summer and fall semesters.

The Pickler Library (http://library.truman.edu/) has many Windows 7 books available (some are eBooks).  The Safair book “Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows 7 in 10 Minutes” http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/9780132121897 is a good introduction to Windows 7.  There are also Windows 7 resources and videos available from Microsoft’s website:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/what-is.

Windows 7 has several improvements over Windows XP

A better desktop. Windows 7 gets you around your PC faster than ever. The taskbar has bigger buttons and full-sized previews—and you can pin programs to it for one-click access. Jump Lists provide shortcuts to files, folders, and websites. And SnapPeek, and Shake give you easy (and fun) new ways to juggle all those open windows.

Smarter search. Type in the Start menu search box, and you’ll see results instantly, grouped by category—documents, pictures, music, e‑mail, and programs. Search in a folder or library, and you can fine-tune your search with filters like date or file type—and use the preview pane to peek at the contents of your results.

Built for speed. Windows 7 has key performance improvements to take up less memory and run background services only when you need them. It’s designed to run your programs faster and to sleep, resume, and reconnect to wireless networks quicker. And with 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest in powerful 64-bit PCs.

Better wireless networking. Connecting to wireless networks on your laptop—formerly a bit of a hassle—now takes just a couple of clicks. Choose from the list of available networks in the taskbar, click one, and then connect. Once you’ve connected to a network, Windows will remember it so you can connect again later automatically.

Windows Touch. Use your fingers to browse the web, flip through photos, and open files and folders on a touchscreen PC—for the first time, Windows includes true multitouch technology. With gestures for zooming, rotating, and even right-clicking, it’s a whole new way to work with your PC.

Plays well with devices. Device Stage, a new feature in Windows 7, works like a home page for things like portable music players, smartphones, and printers. When you plug a compatible device into your PC, you’ll see a menu with information and popular tasks like battery life, how many photos are ready to be downloaded, and printing options.

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