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Windows 7 at UW

Information Technology is excited about Microsoft’s release of its newest Windows operating system – Windows 7. Computer manufacturers have started shipping new computers with 7 installed.

These pages will provide UW customers with information about the current state of Information Technology’s evaluation of Windows 7 Enterprise.

We invite readers to review the links below to understand IT’s position regarding Windows 7 Enterprise. This latest operating system is now supported by UW, however IT will continue to install and support Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista.

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Qualified Hardware

PC requirements for Windows 7 are expected to be similar to those for Windows Vista. Computers qualifying for Windows 7 32-bit upgrade include Dell Optiplex 610 or higher desktop computers and Dell Latitude D630 or higher laptop computers. Requirements for Windows 7 64-bit OS will vary. IT user consultants will evaluate other computers using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor as well as component driver availability to determine upgrade qualifications. IT will not upgrade computers where drivers aren’t readily available from the vendor, where the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor reports any system resources that are less than those listed on the Microsoft site, or any component receives a score of less than 3.0.

Click here for Microsoft Windows 7 recommended hardware requirements.

Software Compatibility

Moving the University community and University systems to the Windows 7 platform will require changes. Testing of anti-virus, VPN, Adobe, Office, firewall, statistical and other administrative applications will be ongoing. New releases of various software applications may be required before IT can support 7 on University computers.

UW licensed software compatibility chart

Microsoft Software Win 7 32-bit Winv 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
Office Suites 2007 X X  
Office Professional 2003 X X  
Office XP Professional     X
Office 2000 Professional     X
Office 2000 Premium      
FrontPage 2003 X X  
Expression Web 2.0 X X  
Publisher 2002     X
Visio 2007 X X  
Visio 2003 X X  
Adobe Software Win 7 32-bit Win 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
Adobe Reader 9 X X  
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 X X  
Adobe Acrobat Pro 8     X
Acrobat Standard 8     X
Acrobat Pro 7   X
Acrobat Standard 7   X
Illustrator CS4     X
Indesign CS4 X X  
Photoshop CS4     X
Illustrator CS3     X
Indesign CS3     X
Photoshop CS3     X
GoLive CS3     X
Antivirus Software Win 7 32-bit Win 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
Antivirus OfficeScan 10 X X  
Internet Security 2010 (version 16) X X  
Connectivity Software Win 7 32-bit Win 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
Exceed 2008     X
Exceed 2007     X
Exceed 10     X
WyoSecure VPN     X
Statistical Software Win 7 32-bit Win 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
SAS 9.2     X**
SAS 9.1.3 SP4     X
SPSS 18 X  
SPSS 16 & 17     X
** SAS is currently testing compatibility of the software with Windows 7. They are currently unable to determine if 9.2 will or will not be compatible with Windows 7. The time frame for determining compatibility is set at Quarter 1 of 2010.
Administrative Software Win 7 32-bit Win 7 64-bit Incompatible/Unknown
WyoWeb portal X    
Self Service Banner (through WyoWeb) X    
Internet Native Banner X  
Applications Manager (AppWorx) X    
Workflow X    
Resource25   X
Oracle 9i client   X
Oracle 10g client X     
Oracle 11g client X*     
PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 (web-based) X    
PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 (2-tier) X*   X
PCS (internal project tracking system)     X
PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 (web-based) X    
PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 (2-tier)     X
Visualab   X
Discoverer   X
Advance X*  
TouchFit   X
Axis X    
ImageNow X    
ITSM X*    
* Works with workaround or changes to system settings.

Please refer to the Web site linked below for up-to-date information on additional software compatibility. Information Technology cannot confirm the accuracy of the software listed on this site. UW Software Compatibility is determined by the statements from the vendor and through IT limited testing.

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Departmental Purchases of Computers

All university owned computers will be eligible to upgrade to 7 at no additional cost under the Microsoft Campus Agreement after it is fully supported.

Personal Use

*Please keep in mind, Information Technology cannot provide support for the installation, configuration, or troubleshooting of Windows 7 upgrades on personally-owned computers. As with any upgrade, all critical data should be backed up before of page

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Office 2011 for Mac and Office Pro Plus 2013 are now available for download from the UW network, or checkout the media. The download and checkout software can be installed on UW-owned computers only. See MS Software for Home page for personally owned computers.

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