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Windows 7 Migration

Microsoft Windows 7 migration for Middlebury College

Middlebury College has implemented a long-term plan to update the Windows operating system from XP to 7 on all end user machines.  Starting with the Spring 2011 update cycle all new Windows machines will have Windows 7 Professional installed.  Significant testing has shown that all College services can be extended to Windows 7 computers & users.  To see when your hardware is scheduled to be updated, check go/upgradecycle.

Benefits of Windows 7

  Windows 7 advantages are more behind-the-scenes than upfront.  There are a few cosmetic changes that users will notice right away, and a few nuances that will take some time to learn/unlearn from XP.  The larger benefits of Windows 7 are what you don't see.  Windows 7 allows LIS to centrally manage more services, which makes managing hundreds of machines more efficient.

What's new for you

  While the benefits of Windows 7 are large for the College, there are new things that you can take direct advantage of in Windows 7 as well.  There is a new Windows Explorer, Libraries (shortcut organizer), Gadgets and updated Microsoft built-in applications.  Find out more about the new user interface and other changes by visiting the Windows 7 Instructional Videos wiki page.

What you need to do BEFORE you get Windows 7

There are three things you should do before getting you Windows 7 machine.


The majority of users do not need non-standard software, however if you have requested unique software for your XP machine you need to write down those applicaitons and notify the help desk that you indeed use those applications still and need them on the new OS. This is a good time to take stock of the applications you have that you may or may not need anymore. Think of it as spring cleaning for your computer!  Also take notes on any special configurations you have, as you will most likely need to change them again in Windows 7.

A list of applications that will come pre-installed on all Windows 7 machines is available on the wiki under Windows 7 Imaging.

2)  Learn about Windows 7.

  Take some time to learn about Windows 7 before you get it.  LIS has a wiki page with lots of good references at  If you have specific inquires into Windows 7 you can ask the helpdesk and we will do our best to answer or find you an answer.

3)  Back-up your files.

  This is something that you do already, right?  Well, if you're not.  Now is the right time to start.  When you receive your Windows 7 machine, the distribution worker will also be picking up your XP machine.  This means that you will not have both machines to reference back and forth so a proper backup is essential.  Middlebury College provides server storage for you under the U: drive under My Computer.

 To learn more about what files to backup see the Wiki article Selective Backup.

 To learn more about backing up to the file server (Middfiles), see Wiki article Backing-up My Files.

Out of cycle updates

As part of the update process, new machines will receive Windows 7 when they are deployed to the end users.   LIS will consider out-of-cycle upgrade request, but they must be made through the helpdesk system.  An upgrade request will only be for the Operating System upgrade, it will not be a full hardware upgrade.  An upgrade to the Operating System will not modify your hardware replacement cycle.  A request for an out-of-cycle OS update may take weeks to process and is dependent upon a number of factors including; current machine's ability to run Windows 7, other project timelines, availability of staff & of machine to be upgraded.

If you are up for a hardware replacement in the next year we ask you do NOT request an out-of-cycle upgrade, as your machine will be updated in the near future.  The exception to the out-of-cycle updates is with infected machines.  If a machine is severely infected with a virus (one that LIS can not easily remove), the machine will be wiped clean and Windows 7 will be installed (if the machine can handle it).

All out-of-cycle updates are at the discretion of LIS.