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Windows 7

Windows 7IT@Sam will be upgrading campus PCs to Windows 7 beginning on May 14, 2012.

Labs, Classrooms & Faculty Computers

Faculty PCs and most Lab and classroom PCs will be upgraded beginning May 14 and continuing through May 29.  Classrooms and labs being utilized during the May Mini-semester will not be upgraded until May 29 to avoid interruption to instruction.  Some specialty labs and classrooms will be upgraded throughout the summer months to have the least impact on classes that are scheduled.  We will post a detailed schedule for each lab upgrade date in the next newsletter.

Department Computers

Targeted upgrades for staff in individual departments will begin the first week of June.  We will work with each department individually over the coming weeks to finalize upgrade timelines for departments.


Upgrading to Windows 7 may unavoidably impact your data, applications and peripheral devices. You can avoid data loss or business interruption by completing the following:

  1. Back Up Your Data: You will need to back up any data that you have stored on your computer (C:\).  It is critical that this be done to avoid data loss. If you need additional space in your S drive, please call the IT@Sam Service Desk (4-HELP).

  2. Check Your Devices: If you have a local printer, scanner, or other peripheral device attached to your computer that was purchased over four years ago, you will need to verify that it is compatible with Windows 7. To verify compatibility, either check the manufacturer’s website or e-mail the make and model of the device to servicedesk@shsu.eduwith the subject line of “Windows 7 compatibility.” 

  3. Check Your Applications: If you installed any applications on your computer manually either by getting temporary administrative access or contacting the service desk for assistance, you will need to verify that the software is compatible with Windows 7.  To verify if a software is compatible, either check the software providers website or e-mail the name of the software and version installed to servicedesk@shsu.eduwith the subject line of “Windows 7 compatibility.”  If it is compatible, the software will need to be reinstalled after the operating system upgrade.

Read How to Win Great Prizes!

IT@Sam is looking for folks to volunteer to upgrade to Windows 7 early. Upgrade early and be registered to win:

  • Flip Video Camera
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  • 8.1 MP Digital Camera
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Aero Peek

Aero PeekIf you have many windows open, Peek brings the window you want to focus on to the front, while turning all other open windows into transparent "glass sheets." Peek also works on the desktop. If you mouse over the "Show Desktop" control (seen here) at the far right of the taskbar all windows on the desktop turn to glass, allowing the entire desktop to be seen.


Training Sessions

If you are new to Windows 7 and would like some hands-on training, we will be offering Windows 7 trainings throughout the months of April and May. These one-hour training sessions will focus on Windows 7 navigation as well as features new to Windows 7 users. To sign up for one of these trainings, please visit the Human Resources website.


Day Date Time
Monday April 2, 2012
Wednesday April 4, 2012
Tuesday April 10, 2012
Thursday April 12, 2012
Monday April 16, 2012
Wednesday April 18, 2012
Tuesday April 24, 2012
Thursday April 26, 2012
Thursday May 3, 2012
Friday May 4, 2012
Monday May 7, 2012
Tuesday May 8, 2012
Wednesday May 16, 2012
Thursday May 17, 2012
Tuesday May 22, 2012
Wednesday May 23, 2012
Wednesday May 30, 2012
Thursday May 31, 2012




If you have any questions about Windows 7 or concerns about the installation schedule feel free to e-mail the Service Desk or call (4-HELP).

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