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  1. Windows 7 or Bust What Does It Mean For Your Organization? 2010 SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium Victoria, British Columbia April 20, 2010 Gale Fritsche Lehigh University Library and Technology Services

  2. Lehigh Overview • Founded in 1865. Private research University located 90 miles west of NYC • Ranked 35th in US News and World Report 2009 “Guide to America’s Best Colleges.” • Approx 4700 undergraduates, 1200 graduate students, 450 faculty and 1200 staff • Approx 80% Windows PCs, 15% Mac and 5% other (Linux etc.)

  3. Library & Technology ServicesOrganizational Structure Vice Provost Library & Technology Client Services Administration & Advancement Library Systems & Collections Enterprise Systems Technology Management Distance Education & Faculty Development

  4. Presentation Agenda • Windows 7 Overview • Versions (6 Versions) • 64 Bit vs. 32 Bit • Effective Planning • Project Scope • Communication/Timeline • Hardware/Software Planning • Challenges • A Close Look at Windows 7 • Discussion/Questions

  5. Windows 3.0 (1990) Windows 7 (2009) Windows XP (2001)

  6. Windows 7 – 6 Choices

  7. Windows 7 (64 Bit Vs. 32 Bit) • Advantages of 64 Bit Windows 7 • Memory usage capability • Address more than 4 GB of Memory • Speed • Disadvantages of 64 Bit • Application Availability • Device Driver Availability

  8. Effective Planning • Determine Project Scope • Committee Involvement • Short and long range goals • Develop Communication Plan • Public Computing Sites • Faculty/Staff Desktops • 5 memos to Faculty and Staff (10/23/2009 – 3/31/2010) • Students (Microsoft License Agreement) • Home Use for Faculty and Staff • Availability of Windows 7 Media

  9. Effective Planning (Cont.) • Develop Project Timeline • Public Computing Sites • Faculty/Staff Computers • Student Support • Software Analysis and Testing • Determine what works and doesn’t • Application Deployment and Imaging • Hardware Analysis/Inventory • Determine hardware needs for 64 Bit • Develop a plan to alleviate issues • Public Site PC Roll downs (Google Form)

  10. Challenges • Working with the Systems Group • Application Deployment • AutoCAD • Video capabilities of current hardware • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Retiring old applications • Imaging Utility (UIU) • Hardware incompatibilities (insufficiencies) • Device Driver Incompatibilities • No upgrade path from Windows XP 32 bit

  11. New Windows 7 Features

  12. Windows 7 Quiz • How many versions of Windows 7 are available? • Name two Windows 7 features that were not available in Windows Vista? • Name one advantage of Windows 7 - 64 bit over 32 bit? • What year was Windows 1.0 released? Was it 8 bit, 16 bit, 32 bit or 64 bit?

  13. Questions/Discussion • Have your institutions started rolling out Windows 7? • Is your organization ready for Windows 7 – 64 bit or 32 bit? • What is the difference between Windows 7 upgrades as opposed to other upgrades (such as Windows XP)?

  14. Contact Information Gale Fritsche Lehigh University gdf2@lehigh.edu http://www.lehigh.edu/~gdf2

  15. 64 Bit Hardware Analysis

  16. Windows Firewall