University of Vermont

Windows 7 Maze Class

Making the Move to Windows 7 [Information Technology]

Carol Caldwell-Edmonds, Enterprise Technology Services
March 11, 2010
Mastering the Maze

This presentation will provide an overview of HOW to make the move to Windows 7 from Windows XP, Vista, or even a Macintosh. We’ll offer suggestions on WHEN to upgrade; details on WHAT to expect in Windows 7—the look, the feel, key differences from past Windows operating systems, WHERE to find the old familiar places, etc. We’ll also save plenty of time after the initial presentation for questions and answers, especially WHY should I upgrade to Windows 7?

HOW to make the move to Windows 7


WINDOWS 7 ON A PC


For your UVM-owned faculty or staff  Dell computer, moving to 32-bit version of Windows 7

You can enter a footprint at www.uvm.edu/ets/help to get assistance upgrading from UVM ETS. Departments or people who want to upgrade a number of computers should enter a footprint.

  • recommended for UVM owned desktop computers
  • available to all faulty and staff for any UVM owned computer
  • preferrable to the CDC (Computer Depot Clinic)

You can do it yourself. (All faculty/staff users using My Docs in Active Directory)

  • This only works on the WIRED UVM campus network. You must be on campus, your computer must be connected to the UVM network with an ethernet cable, a laptop must be plugged in to a power outlet, this will not work on battery power even if fully charged.
  • BACK UP ALL DATA THAT IS NOT IN MY DOCS, H, OR S. CHECK AND VERIFY YOUR BACK UPS.  The DESKTOP is NOT auto sync'd with Active Directory. Move items from the Desktop to the H: drive or MyDocs
    • The Lite Touch process erases your current operating system and all data on your hard drive
    • Open Thunderbird and back up local contacts
    • Open each browser and back up bookmarks
  • create a Boot to Lite Touch CD
    • Start, type \\files.campus.ad.uvm.edu\software in the Vista search box, or the XP Run box
    • IF you get a  login box, login as campus\netid and your webmail password
    • If the folder just opens, find Windows_Deployment_Services folder
    • drag Lite TouchPE-x86.iso to your desk top (64 bit users use LiteTouchPE-x64.iso)
    • Use ImgBurn to create a BOOTABLE CD or DVD (10 min)
  • Put the Boot to Lite Touch CD in the CD/DVD drive
  • restart, tap F12 to get boot menu, choose CD/DVD (usually boots to any bootable disk automatically)
  • You will see a Black Screen...Windows is loading files...Starting Windows...(starting the Lite touch environment)
  • When you see RUN THE DEPLOYMENT WIZARD TO INSTALL A NEW OPERATING SYSTEM , click the green arrow
  • Reboot button gets you out of this. Use reboot if you are uncertain that you are ready to eerase your system. This is not the point of no return.
  • The next window: enter your netid and password (you do not need campus\)
  • Next: Select a task...click the top radio button to select Windowws 7 32 Bit for Faculty-Staff (if you use another option, you are either an IT professional or you are working with one)
  • Next: Computer name is filled in for you
  • Next: Leave the radio button at "Join a Domain" to use netid and password to log in to your computer (ETS supported configuration for faculty-staff computers)
  • Next: Leave the radio button at Do NOT restore user data and settings
  • Next: Language
  • Next: Put a check in the box for Oracle Calendar Installer. Leave the 2 default selections checked for UVM Common Applications and ESET NOD 32 Antivirus. Put checks in the boxes for applications that you have access to and need.  The more applications that you install this way, the longer the process takes. 
  • Next: Enter the password for the LOCAL Administrator account (NOT a netid password)
  • NEXT: THIS IS THE POINT OF NO RETURN. IF YOU CLICK THE BEGIN BUTTON, YOUR SYSTEM WILL BE ERASED AND WINDOWS 7 AND UVM APPLICATIONS WILL BE LOADED. ONCE YOU CLICK BEGIN, THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO A FORMER STATE
  • When you know you are ready to move to Windows 7 click BEGIN.
  • Can take an hour or more, you cannot use your system until this process completes.
    • system will restart on its own, leave it alone
    • my desktop system took 30 min (Dell Optiplex GX 620) to restart the first time, then several minutes of "setup is preparing your computer for first time use"....black screen, blue screen...The Welcome...(Note Windows 7 Enterprise at the bottom of the screen...) The lite touch process is still running at that point. 
    • During Installing Applications phase, windows will pop up, that's fine leave it run
    • will restart again (My system took 5 min to load appliations)
    • when you see a screen that says "Operatin System Deployment completed successfully," then it is truly done. 
    • Click Finish (My system took 40 min total)
    • Click the Start button--note that the Administrator account is logged in. 
    • SINCE YOU ARE LOGGED IN AS ADMINISTRATOR, YOU CAN ADD YOUR NETID AND THOSE OF OTHER FAC-STAFF THAT WILL USE THIS COMPUTER TO THE ADMINISTRATORS GROUP NOW
      • click the Start button, right click on Computer, choose Manage
      • Click Local users and Groups on the left, then double click the groups folder, then double click Administrators
      • Click Add
      • In the Enter the object name box, type your netid
      • Click Check Names button, Apply, OK
      • now you can install software, add other users to the admin group, and make changes to the system
    • LOG OUT
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to login as you with your netid:
    • Click Switch User button, then Other userNote that when you do, under the login boxes you see "Log on to CAMPUS" so you do not need Campus before your netid
    • enter netid in the User name box
    • Enter webmail password in the password box
    • first login takes longer, your profile is being created
  • WELCOME TO WINDOWS 7! Click Start, computer, there are your H and S drives. Enjoy. 
    • Applications such as Thunderbird need to be configured. Choose UVM Email in Thunderbird and it will be set up for you. Import local contacts from your backup.
    • Microsoft office is included in the faculty-staff image
    • Oracle calendar is preconfigured. 
    • Import bookmarks to Firefox and IE from your backup

WINDOWS 7 ON A MACINTOSH COMPUTER


You can use the Volume License copies of Windows 7 on UVM-owned Macs in two configurations:

  • Bootcamp
    • built in to Mac OS 10.5 and later, IT IS A UTILITY. YOU WILL NEED A COPY OF WINDOWS 7.
      • Go-Utilities-Bootcamp assistant
      • follow steps, use 32GB recommended partition or known needed amount
    • After running the bootcamp assistant, insert a Windows 7 install disk. DO NOT USE LITE TOUCH WITH A BOOTCAMP PARTITION.
  • Virtual Machine
    • Parallels Desktop 5 (purchase)
    • VMware Fusion 3.0 (purchase)
    • Vitual Box (free)
    • Load one of the above and create your VM, insert the boot to lite touch CD, proceed as above for a PC
      • choose NTFS formatting
      • with bridged networking

WHEN to Make the Move to Windows 7

Follow testing progress underway, lead by ETS: https://sharepoint.uvm.edu/sites/ad/win7/default.aspx
  • Are the applications that you need to do you daily work tested and functional?
    • Note: R25, FAMIS Self serve, FAMIS and KRONOS are not fully compatible today
    • a workaround for R25 is available
  • Are your printers Windows 7 ready? (are there new drivers available from the manufacturere's website?)
  • Is all of the data on your computer backed up to a server storage area (H: or S: drive or in My Documents)?
  • Do you have a few hours of time that you have cleared for the upgrade process and setup afterward?
  • Is your department or work area at a lull?

If you can answer YES to all of these questions, then upgrade at will. Otherwise, I recommend doing the upgrade this summer.

Other Considerations:

  • Buying a new Computer? Faculty-Staff computers can be ordered from the Depot with the UVM departmental images preloaded with Windows 7
  • New owner for a UVM computer? Great time to load Windows 7.
  • Are the other staff members in your department or work area upgrading?

WHAT to Expect in Windows 7

Windows 7 Features
Vista Users
  • It looks the same as Vista when you first log in
  • Then you notice differences
    • Task bar icons: looks more like the dock on a mac
      • "My docs" or "Documents" is down there in the task bar!
        • click on it--listed in "Libraries"
        • remove the public places, recommended
      • right click a program in the all programs list to add it
    • System tray shortcuts are in a box-click the tiny up arrow to see
      • NOTE THE SYNC CENTER
      • ESET NOD 32 Antivirus is in there
    • Control Panel
      • No more classic view
      • use "small icons" (or Large Icons) under "view by" in upper right
    • UAC: User Access Control
      • set NOT to notify by default
      • can turn it off altogether--not recommended
XP users
  • It looks different, a LOT different
  • The underlying file system organization is different
    • click start-- computer--no more "documents and settings" (that was true in Vista)
    • computers joined to the domain have a local and "roaming" Documents folder, but unlike Vista, you do not see the full path
Docs folder different in Win 7 local folder

Roaming Documents folder-on server


    • This can be confusing: to avoid problems 
    • Check the default save locations for your most commonly used programs, Word is shown below. To get to this screen open Word, click the Office button, then the Word options button on the bottom border of the window that pops up.
save options in Word
  • "My" is gone from the folder names
  • Getting to Network connections is different
  • It is possible to run in "XP mode"
Win7 Enterprise-select
      • Download two installers and run them, restart
      • Look in Start, All programs for Virtual and choose XP mode in that folder

WHERE to find the old familiar places

Help Resources
Most commonly used windows folders
  • My Documents in XP
    • for consistency join the XP mode virtual machine to the CAMPUS domain
    • then the My Docs folders match
My Docs in XP
  • Documents in Windows 7
Documents in Windows 7
  • Windows 7 advantages: 
    • search is effective: 
      • try entering \\files\ (you need the last "\")
      • preview pane for found items
    • User Access Control (UAC) does not pop up as many requests for permission.
    • more streamlined than Vista
    • free XP mode available

WHY upgrade to Windows 7?

Security

  • Vendor support for XP will expire
  • Updates are current
  • PGP compatability

Consistency

  • ETS recommendations are based on faculty-staff needs balanced with University resources
  • less expensive in the long run
  • compatibility with outside systems

The vendor view

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare?T1=tab20

Activation issues

For UVM owned faculty staff computers see

http://www.uvm.edu/~gcd/2008/09/troubleshooting-vista-activation/

For personally owned computers and Work at Home Media see 

http://www.uvm.edu/ets/help/Windows7BootcampOS10-6.html

You take the podium

Have a tip, feature, or Windows 7 experience to share? come on down!

Last modified March 11 2010 12:10 PM

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