Windows 7

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Background

Windows 7 was released by Microsoft the fall of 2009. The IT-department worked over a longer period of time to develop a client machine setup for Windows 7. This was first tested by the IT-department, and later in the fall of 2010 in some pilot user environments. In December 2010 the client was declared as ready to implement in all the user environments.

Here you can find a page with some tips and tools for users of Windows 7 at UiB


Phasing out "Windows XP"

Microsoft has announced that they will stop giving support to Windows XP in April 2014. This date may be changed. We do want to remind our users that the IT-department does not offer support to machines that are older than 5 years.

The transition to Windows 7 should therefore not bring any extra costs beyond what is normally used to renew the equipment.


Which computer can be installed with Windows 7?

Computers that are bought through the IT-departments innkjøpsveiledning in 2008 or later, will usually be able to run Windows 7. See the information on PC-modeller som ikke kan brukes med Windows 7.

There are some software that isn't compatible with Windows 7. See liste. If you need Windows 7 incompatible software, please contact us so that we can find a solution together.

Windows 7 will only be installed with the 64-bits version at UiB. Computers that are to be installed with Windows 7 must have a 64-bits architecture and sufficient computer resources (such as minimum a 60GB harddrive).

Office 2010

There is a seperate page here on IT-help on Office 2010.

Computers at UiB that are installed with Windows 7, also gets Microsoft newest version of the Office package, version 2010. The graphical user interface has changed a lot from Office 2003 to Office 2010, so it may take some time to get acquainted with the new menus.

The most visible change is that the drop down menus and toolbar has been replaced by something that Microsoft calls ribbon. These ribbons consists of tabs, where related commandos are grouped together. This is meant to give a quick access to, and a better overview over available commandos. You will find these ribbons and tabs is all the Office software.

If you are a frequent user of the Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc) and/or an advanced user, it might be smart to consider [a course] to learn more on the ribbon and the new functions.


Training

There are some changes from Windows XP to Windows, considering how the system is used and which functions are available. The IT-department has therefore created a brochure with information on Windows 7 to new users. You can read the norwegian version here.

If you are in need of a course, we would recommend our course provider Visma Ajourit. See itkurs.uib.no for information on when there are courses held, prices and to sign up.

Here you may find more information on Windows 7 from Microsoft (in norwegian):