Window 7 – Office 2010 and 2011

Window 7 – Office 2010 and 2011

For your office computer on campus: Many workstations on campus do not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7. Additionally, there is no automatic upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. For these reasons, we are not able to do a complete, centrally-managed migration to Windows 7 and Office 2010 on all university-owned computers for the campus community. We can however work with individuals, departments and divisions to use virtual desktops in place of old hardware that can't be upgraded to Windows 7.

If you want to use Windows 7, please submit a service desk ticket at and we will help you determine if your current computer hardware can support Windows 7 or if you would be an appropriate candidate for a virtual desktop with Windows 7. Please note that if your computer is able to run Windows 7, there is no in-place upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. This means we must completely erase your hard disk to install Windows 7, a labor intensive process that might take several days or more, depending on other requests in our queue.

More about Windows 7:

In April 2011, the university will begin to order Windows 7 on new computers purchased. In April links, resources, and other information will be available online to help you transition to Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7
DateMicrosoft Windows 7
February 2011 IT staff will begin training on managing and supporting Windows 7.
April 2011 User training resources and workshops will become available for campus community.
April 2011

Windows 7 will become available for installation on University owned computers subject to compatibility with University applications and hardware requirements.

For those with older hardware, Windows 7 may be available via a virtual desktop. Please enter a service desk ticket to request this setup.

The technical team has determined that a computer should have the following hardware specifications before installing Windows 7:

2 GHZ Intel Processor
100 GB Hard drive
Video card with 256 MB RAM

If you are uncertain as to whether your computer meets these minimum requirements, please enter a Service Desk
ticket to have this checked.

Note on Office 2010 and 2011:

Document files saved in Office 2007 and Office 2010 are stored in a different format than older versions of Office. If you are still using Office 2003, you will find the newer versions to be dramatically different. Office 2011 is the new version of Office for Macintosh computers.

Microsoft Office 2010 and 2011
DateMicrosoft Office 2010 and 2011
March 2011- June 2011 ITS staff installs and begins to test Office 2010 and 2011.
July 2011 Office 2010 and 2011 will become supported and available to be installed for staff and faculty who request it.
July 2011 Training links and resources for Office 2010 and 2011 are available to the campus community (online, through documentation, workshops if needed).

For your personal computer at home: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Office 365, and Adobe Creative Cloud are now available to faculty and staff at discounted prices. Visit for more information. In addition, the campus bookstore offers different options and pricing.

Students can obtain selected software at the campus bookstore.

Microsoft training links for Windows 7

Microsoft training links for Office 2010:

Microsoft training links for Office 2011:

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