Transition to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 continues
City computer users are transitioning to the Windows 7 operating system. The City is moving to Windows 7 because Windows XP, our current operating system, won’t be supported after April 2014.
Once the transition to Windows 7 is made, City computer users should not see any difference in how they use individual applications such as Word or Excel. The change will be more evident in the look and feel of your desktop, and how you locate your web browser, My Computer or other programs.
The transition will be handled over the course of the next 10 months. The next offices scheduled for the installation of the new system are:
- Public Works, Transportation, Planning & Engineering – City of Lakes 2nd & 3rd Floors
- Finance & Property Services – City of Lakes, 3rd Floor
- Public Works, Surface Water and Sewers – City of Lakes
- Regulatory Services – Animal Care & Control
- Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
- Fire Administration – City Hall
- Public Works, Traffic & Parking Service - Border
Once these work groups receive the upgrade, Information Technology (IT) staff will begin upgrading computers in other work groups until all City computers have the new operating system. The transition schedule will be posted on the Information Technology website.
Preparing for the change
Before the upgrade, computer users will receive a notice from Information Technology detailing the transition and asking them to:
- Back up anything on their desktops and local drives. (Any files on the desktop and local drive are not recoverable after the new system is installed.)
- Read articles and look at videos about the new system that are posted on the Training and Development website. (Topics covered include: Introduction to the Desktop, What's New with the Windows Desktop?, Introduction to the Start Menu, What's New with the Start Menu?, What's New with the Windows 7 Taskbar?, Windows in Windows 7, Navigating Personal Folders, and Using Libraries.)
- Check out the Windows 7 FAQ.
The switch to Windows 7 also means a change to Internet Explorer 9. The Training and Development website also features a video on getting started with Internet Explorer 9 and an article about Internet Explorer 9 keyboard shortcuts.
Published Sep. 18, 2013