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Posted by [ISS] Ian Spillane on 27 November 2013 12:08 PM

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As a result of the investment in the migration from Windows XP to Windows 7, a common standing is being established across DCU which contributes to the move towards the 21st century digital campus. This is the first time that there will be a standard PC/Laptop computing architecture across DCU allowing for improved software distribution, remote support and automatic updates. The migration also brings industry standard security for DCU computers and the standardisation through the procurement of Dell machines has provided cost savings and an increased warranty leading to reduced running and maintenance costs over the lifetime of machines.

Benefits of moving to Windows 7

  • Easier to use
  • Self-Install software through Zenworks
  • Improved Remote Support
  • Increased Data security
  • Automatic Updates & patches
  • Future Proofing DCU machines
  • Reduced power consumption

Windows 7 is more powerful and you should notice the benefit from using it straight away. For those with higher spec machines, it will allow you to take full advantage of the hardware inside your computer. Most users will have Windows 7 on their home PC or laptop and will be familiar with the Windows 7 working environment. There is no longer any need to navigate through long and cumbersome start menus, just enter the first few letters into the search box at the bottom of the start menu and Windows 7 will find the search the Program list to find the software that you are looking for.

Purchasing a New Computer

A recent survey by SanDisk has shown that slow computers in the UK caused a loss of 5.5 days per year on average leading to lost productivity and frustration for the user.

If you are interested in purchasing a new DCU staff Dell PC or Laptop for your office please see the icons below for model information and the ordering process;

                                           New Laptop                                     New Dell PC

 Dell Laptop Procurement                                      Dell PC Procurement

 

Since late 2010, new computers supplied to DCU from Dell have had Windows 7 installed. The DCU version of Windows 7 arrives pre-loaded with Office 2010 as well as McAfee AntiVirus. You can install extra software yourself available through Zenworks.

The following page outlines the common computer models on campus and their suitability for Windows 7;

https://www4.dcu.ie/iss/procurement/dell-model-years.shtml

Please contact ISS if you are unsure if your machine can be upgraded and we can advise on the best course of action.

DCU Windows 7 Migration

Windows XP has served DCU very well as its main operating system for over 10 years but it is nearly end of life. In order to minimise disruption to DCU research, teaching and administration, the Windows 7 project is well underway. Presently there are over 1600 Windows 7 machines on campus and if you are one of the remaining XP users you should look to migrate.

The migration has also facilitated in removing Novell from DCU machines allowing the full benefits of moving to Active Directory to be implemented.

Please note 

Novell will no longer be available from the 8th February 2014

Windows XP will no longer be supported from 8th April 2014

If upgrading an older machine from Windows XP to Windows 7, or when receiving a new machine including Windows 7 it is important to have a backup of the data from your old machine so that you do not lose any important work. This can be done using Google Drive or an external hard drive.