Monday, February 28, 2011

Windows 7 Coming to D219 Summer 2011

Information Services has diligently been working on a 4 month project to analyze the viability of Windows 7 as the standard OS for our fleet of Dell desktops and laptops. As a result of this project,  Windows 7 will be deployed this Summer and we hope that the newly adopted OS will provide a stable platform with all the benefits of newer technology.
Our IS team has studied the costs and logistics of the deployment and tested hundreds of applications currently owned and used by District faculty and staff.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave Ruth and Dan Quinlan plus several students that (unknowingly)  test drove “prototypes” and provided us with valuable metrics and feedback.
The next big step is to mass deploy our base image of Windows 7  to a larger test base. Chris Powell and our friends in AS&T have agreed to allow us to install Windows 7 in rooms 1235 at west and 1629 at North for the remainder of the year with the intent of further testing and the collection data.
Here are some other details:
  • The roll out of  Windows 7 will occur after Summer School is over .
  • Upgrading  Windows XP to Windows 7 does not include updates to other applications.
  • Some desktop computers will remain XP-based due to incompatibility issues.
  • User’s files and folders ( J drive) will not be affected.

Please stay tuned for another update in our April issue of the Technology Newsletter.

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