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Download Guide:

It seems like very few students actually know about this, so I figured I should put some sort of guide together.

First, navigate here:
http://admin.cs.vt.edu/create.pl

Punch in the required info. The new password you create must be at least 7 characters long and contain 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase, and 1 special character/number. Sometimes you?ll have to fill this out two or three times, as it fails to send for no explainable reason.

Once completed, navigate to:
http://software.cs.vt.edu

Click on ?Click to agree and login?, using your new password.

Once inside, you?ll see a long list of software. Click on Windows 7. The file you want to download is en_windows_7_professional_x86_dvd_x15-65804.iso (the second one). You can also click here to start the download. We?ll go and get your serial number while this downloads.

Now, navigate to here:
http://msdn02.e-academy.com/elms/Storefront/StorefrontSearchResults.aspx?campus=vt_cs&pn=Windows%207%20Pro

Click on the second link (?Windows 7 Professional (x86) - DVD (English)?). Click on the ?Add to cart? button. Since the site doesn?t initially recognize you as being logged in, you?ll need to return to the above link and repeat these steps.

Click on the ?Check Out? button when you are viewing your shopping cart. Don?t worry, you won?t be asked for any payment information. Once you?ve completed checkout, you?ll be sent to a download page. You don?t need to download the file a second time, but your serial number is located on this page.

When your *.ISO file has finished downloading, you?ll need to burn it to a disk. Nearly every computer is equipped with a DVD burner these days, but you?ll need software to burn the file. I recommend ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/).

If you have any other questions regarding this process, I?d be happy to help.


Windows 7 Impression and ?Should I upgrade??:

If you?ve purchased a computer in the last couple years, chances are you?re running Vista. If so, absolutely upgrade.

If you?re running Windows XP, and have a stable system, then it may be more advantageous to stick with what you?ve got. Unless there are particular features you?re looking for, chances are the process of backing up your data and upgrading are going to be too much of a hassle. Furthermore, if you have been tracking it long enough to know of something in it you want, you?ve already upgraded.

For Tablet PC users (most of Tech students), 7 brings huge advantages to touch technology and handwriting recognition. I?ve been running it on my Toshiba M700, on which I used to hate the touch feature, and now it?s something I can?t go without.

If you plan on upgrading, but have doubts about compatibility (mainly people making the XP to 7 jump), download a copy of Microsoft?s Upgrade Advisor from here.

Again, feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

 

 

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