Windows 10 update

I know its been a while since the last update but it turned into a very busy time with staff changes and assumption of additional duties to try to keep everything moving as smoothly as possible. Windows 10 is installed in State Farm Hall 122 and if you had the chance to work on these computers, you will see many differences.

The one thing that is hard and not very obvious is how to “log off” the computer. To log off, you must click on about the 4th icon up on the screen to get the to the menu. This is hidden pretty well and hopefully this will be fixed in a future update.

We are finding that most things work in Windows 10 but some of the older legacy programs that we were using are not but this was expected. We are working on tweaking the system for faster login times and customizing the “look” geared towards IWU branding.

Check it out and if you have any problems or suggestions, please feel free to submit a helpdesk ticket and we will address it ASAP!

Windows 10 Coming to a Lab near you

I am considering starting to roll out Windows 10 in some areas of Campus to start of the process of moving away from Windows 7 which Microsoft and other Third Party softwares will soon stop supporting. The current EOL for Windows 7 is 2020, which in the IT world, can show up really quickly if we don’t prepare.

Windows 10 has a different “look” and they have changed the way that “Start” menu works and Microsoft has also changed the names of some of the Items in the Control Panel. For instance, “Printers” is now “Devices and Printers” and the “Add/Remove Programs” is now “Programs and Features“. I would suggest using the search bar to look for a control if you needing to do so. For the most part, this will be a non issue but it will affect some of the power users that are used to the old menus.

Please note that we do have some older softwares that have not been updated in a very long time (since about or before 2002, yes we are still running some that old) have stopped working over the last few years and I will imagine that there will be more that will stop working unless there is an updated version that is available.

Areas under consideration are:

SFH 122
SFH 323
CLA 200
Ames 129
Ames Information Commons
Ames Scholarly Workstations
Ames Thorpe Center

New Software updates Coming for our Classrooms

We are in the planning stages on obtaining the software and licensing requirements for our computer labs across campus. We are planning to move to SPSS 24 and Mathematica 11.1.1 as the standard versions in our classrooms. Tom Olsen and I are working together to make sure that our Faculty and Staff will also have the same versions added to their respective computers. This may require some additional RAM or an OS upgrade so if there is any questions regarding your computers abilities, please contact your Liaison for help on recommendations to submit on the Permanent Equipment Requests.

Making the Move to Windows 10

Its about time for us to start moving our Windows PC’s to Windows 10 as it has become a more mature and stable OS that we have been testing for a while now. Most of our current versions of softwares now support it. We will be looking at the Lab computers to see if they need RAM upgrades or New Equipment to start making this move. The menu’s have changed a little bit and the way you get to some things are a little different but overall it is running pretty well even on some of our older computers. We will help with the transitions and if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us to see what we can do to help with this transition.