Windows 7 upgrades continue
The transition to Windows 7 continues for City computer users. In the next couple of weeks, these areas will receive upgrades:
- Crime Lab/City Hall Room 316, Public Works - Fleet at Harriet, Public Works - TPE at Harriet and Regulatory Services at Fire Station No. 21
- Police Precinct 4 and Police at Animal Control
- Police and Regulatory Services at the Hamilton Facility
- Police Precinct 5 and Human Resources Training Lab
If your department has not yet transitioned to Windows 7, check out the tentative schedule to learn when your computer will get upgraded.
During the upgrade, you will lose any applications currently on your computer that are not listed in the IT Software Catalog. Any unapproved or unsupported applications will not be put back on your machine after the update.
Once the transition to Windows 7 is made, you should not see any difference in how you use individual applications such as Word or Excel. You will notice a difference in the look and feel of your desktop and how you locate your web browser, “My Computer” or other programs.
The City is moving to Windows 7 because Windows XP, our current operating system, will no longer be supported after April 2014. As of Jan. 31, 2014, the software upgrade is 50 percent complete. The targeted completion date is April 30.
Preparing for the change
Before the upgrade, you will receive a notice from Information Technology about the Windows 7 transition that asks you to:
- Back up anything on your desktop and C drive. (Any files on the desktop and C drive will be lost after the new software installation.)
- Read articles and view videos about the new software. (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 frequently asked questions about Windows 7.
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Published Feb 19, 2014