Windows 7 Release Posted on October 22nd, 2009 by

Windows 7 LogoAs you may have heard, Windows 7 was released today. Yay! After using the release candidate for some time now, I can tell you that it is very nice.

We just wanted to remind everybody of a post we had written in September regarding student pricing. As a student, you can purchase a copy, through the website provided in that post, at a discounted price. This offer ends January 3rd, 2010.

Windows 7 computers will be able to access our network through our normal registration process. Before registering, you will need to uninstall any pre-loaded antivirus, and install the Symantec Endpoint Protection that is provided our downloads page. Be careful to note if you are using the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version.

Something I have found to be really useful in Windows 7 is the “Record steps to reproduce a problem” tool.

It will take a screen shot of your computer screen every step you take as long as you want. This would come in handy for showing your friend how to install a program or how to install a printer, etc. It would also help  you if you have a problem with your computer, and you would want to show the Technology Helpline exactly the steps you are doing that causes a problem or gives you an error message. In some cases, we would be able to better diagnose what exactly could be causing the problem by seeing those steps.

If you are a faculty or staff member, you won’t likely see it on your office computer until Summer 2010 or 2011, if you have been approved for a new computer. Students stay tuned for more information regarding Windows 7 on select lab computers sometime in the future.

If you have questions regarding Windows 7 and using it at Gustavus, please contact the Technology Helpline at x6111 or e-mail


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