Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

How to Prepare

Most of the work for the migration project takes place behind the scenes, but there are a few things you can do now to help make sure you’re ready when your department is upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010. Additional instructions will be provided via email once a date is set for your department.

Organize your personal files

As part of the upgrade, your computer’s hard drive (or, for some, the entire computer) will be replaced. To ensure that your files are available after the upgrade, you will be asked to copy all your personal data from your hard drive to a temporary network space in the days prior to your upgrade. Specific instructions on how to do this will be provided as your migration date nears. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at the files you have saved in the My Documents folder or elesewhere on the C: or D: drive. Delete any data that you no longer need, and organize your files and folders so that you know where everything is.

Check your programs

The following programs will be installed with Windows 7:

  • Adobe AIR
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.1
  • Flash Plug-in
  • GroupWise 8.0.2
  • GroupWise Instant Messenger 2.0.3
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Java JRE 1.6.0_29
  • Mozilla Firefox 7.0.1
  • Office 2010 SP1
  • QuickTime
  • Shockwave Flash
  • Windows Media Player 11

Make a list of any programs you’re currently using that aren’t included above. If an application is compatible with Windows 7, it will need to be re-installed after the upgrade. To check for compatibility, see the link on our Compatibility Testing page. Additional information may be available through Microsoft’s own Windows 7 Compatibility Center.

If software that you've installed on your machine is listed as compatible, and if you wish to continue using it after the upgrade, please be sure you have the original CDs and license information available so it can be reinstalled.

Check your peripherals

Many users have installed additional peripherals, such as printers, scanners, web cameras, or backup drives. While standard and newer peripherals have been verified to work with Windows 7, some older or non-standard devices will not.  To check for compatibility, see the link on our Compatibility Testing page. Additional information may be available through Microsoft’s own Windows 7 Compatibility Center or through the manufacturer’s web site. 

If you’re using an incompatible hardware device, ITS recommends replacing it as soon as possible. Please visit our purchasing page for a list of pre-approved equipment.

If you’re using Office 2003, upgrade now to Office 2010

If you are currently using Office 2007, the visual and functional changes coming with Office 2010 should be relatively easy to navigate. For those who are currently using Office 2003, however, the upgrade represents a big jump. One notable difference for those coming from the 2003 programs will be the Microsoft “ribbon,” a visual panel of features that continually displays options previously found through clicking menus and toolbars. This ribbon interface carries over, with further enhancements, into the Office 2010 programs.

To give you extra time to learn the new features and ensure a smooth transition when Office 2010 arrives, ITS strongly recommends that any Loyola staff or faculty still using Office 2003, or Office 2007 users who need extra time to prepare lessons or documentation, upgrade now. To do so, select Loyola Software, Useful Tools, Microsoft Office, Office 2010.

For more information on Office 2010, see the About Office 2010 page.

On the day you are upgraded

The actual migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be a lengthy one. Depending on the amount of data on your computer, the process can take two to four hours or more. You may want to make arrangements to work from another location on the day your department is scheduled for the upgrade.

For current scheduling information, visit the Project Schedule page.

For more information

A list of common questions and answers is being developed and will be posted on our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, or would like to make a comment about the migration project, contact us via email at windows7@luc.edu.


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