Windows 7

Considering Upgrading to Windows 7?

After extensive testing and evaluation, the TTU Information Technology Division announces the availability of the latest Microsoft operating system, Windows 7, for TTU faculty, staff, and students beginning July 21, 2010. This information is provided for those who are interested in upgrading to the Windows 7 operating system; there is no requirement for anyone to upgrade at this time. Windows XP Professional will continue to be supported by Microsoft and the IT Division of TTU.  Microsoft media purchases are available to TTU students, faculty, and staff, according to the terms of the Microsoft Campus Agreement.

Obtaining Windows 7

Two versions of Microsoft Windows 7 are available:

  • For faculty/staff campus use, faculty/staff may pick up Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit and 64-bit editions from the ATLC for use on University-owned workstations.  Due to licensing restrictions, Windows 7 Enterprise is not available to students or for faculty/staff Work at Home use.
  • For students and faculty/staff Work at Home users, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and 64-bit edtions may be purchased for $10 in the ATLC (west basement of the University library).  Instructions for installing and activating Windows 7 Ultimate are located here.
  • Please note:
    • Due to activation requirements, Windows 7 is not available for download. 
    • Installing Windows 7 Enterprise on a non-campus, personal machine violates the terms of the Microsoft Campus Agreement. The resulting failed activation attempts will cause the system to default to Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM).
    • The version of Windows 7 Ultimate available through the TTU Microsoft Campus Agreement is an upgrade license only. The installation of this upgrade on a system that does not have a valid preexisting license is in violation of the Texas Tech Microsoft Campus Agreement. Failure to abide by the terms of the software license agreement may result in personal responsibility and liability. 
    • As with all site licensed software, you must sign a license agreement and present photo identification at the time of purchase.
    • Purchases must be made with cash or check only—at this time we are unable to accept credit card payment.
    • For more information on software license agreement for TTU, please visit the Technology Support website at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/software/ms.

System Requirements

Windows 7 has arrived, but is your computer ready? Check your computer hardware, take an inventory of current software applications, and assess your computer peripherals before considering this upgrade.  When considering upgrading to any new operating system, there are a few things to consider prior to making a decision:

  1. Make sure your computer hardware is capable of supporting your new operating system and meet the minimum system hardware requirements.

    Minimum Hardware Recommendations for Windows 7
    Processor Dual Core, 2.0 GHz
    RAM (memory) 2 GB
    Hard Drive 160 GB
    Optical Drive 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
    Video 128 MB Integrated
    Monitor 17"+ Flat Panel Display
    Sound Integrated, Standard
    Please visit our website for further information regarding minimum and recommended hardware requirements.  http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ithelpcentral/configurations.php.  If you have a customized computer or are running specialized hardware, please check the manufacturer for up-to-date Windows 7 drivers.  Also, Microsoft has also provided a Windows 7 Upgrade Advisory tool that you may use to assess your computer.  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx
  2. Take an inventory of the software applications that are installed on the computer (usually through "Add/Remove Programs") and check compatibility for Windows 7 by visiting the software manufacturer’s website. If the software must be reinstalled, make sure that the necessary information is present to install the software such as installation media, serial numbers and license keys.  Some software titles may require you to “deactivate” or “de-authorize” the license before reinstalling it.
  3. Assess all the computer peripherals attached or utilized with the computer such as printers and scanners. Check with the manufacturer that it does not require an upgrade, patch, or firmware update for compatibility. In some cases, older peripherals may not be compatible so new equipment purchases may be necessary.
  4. Windows 7 will come with Internet Explorer 8. Some TTU Enterprise applications may not be fully supported and unexpected problems may arise.
  5. Windows XP cannot upgrade directly to Windows 7. You will need to back up your files first and format your hard drive in order to install Windows 7. However, Windows Vista can upgrade to Windows 7.
  6. Software available for download on Texas Tech’s eRaider website has been successfully tested to run on Windows 7.

Known Issues

The TTU IT Division would like to remind you that Windows 7 comes loaded with Internet Explorer 8. At this time, not all university enterprise applications (including Blackboard, Raiderlink, and other Banner tools) are completely compatible with IE 8. Please be aware of these current incompatibilities before installing Windows 7 on your computer.

The following systems have been known to have problems in Windows 7:

  • Xtender - Users who are unable print documents from the Xtender web interface will need to download and print the documents outside the Xtender web application.
  • Blackboard - The WebDAV feature is currently incompatible with Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.

Windows 7 Solutions

Training

Training is available via Computer Based Training at http://www.cbt.ttu.edu

Links