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!
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:
Ames Information Commons
Ames Scholarly Workstations
Ames Thorpe Center