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  • Notes: Windows Vista's biggest issues were in the User Access Control, which were set to interact with the user when software changes were made. It was not transparent and was annoying, plus the lack of drivers for hardware coming out in the first year of the Vista OS release. Vista also had hefty hardware requirements in terms of RAM and processor power. Intel's Duo and Quad Core processors were not in place i businesses yet.
  • This first timeline shows Windows 2000, XP and Server 2000 and 2003. Most people using in their business networks.
  • This second timeline shows the last 3 years. Vista in Jan. 2007 and Windows 7 in Oct. 2009. Client operating systems are highlighted.
  • The pie chart shows the corporate use of operating systems in July 2009. This data is from Forrester Research. Windows 2000 was 1.2% of operating systems in March 2009 and declining. Linux on the corporate desktop was < 0.1%.
  • Browser distribution chart from Internet data source. IE 6 in use because of Windows XP usage; there is a direct relationship between IE 6 and Windows XP. IE 8 has compatibility mode to work with older website.
  • ArrowQuick testing from early 2009 betas, RC version and now the final version of Windows 7.
  • This section is to introduce the improvement of Windows 7 and the new features. Speed, productivity and cost savings are usually key. So use examples that speak to this case for Windows 7.
  • Vista had UAC problems; steep system requirements, and initial drivers not available. Installation copies an image and not thousands of files. This equates to speedier installs. Where XP typically took 40+ minutes, Windows 7 is closer to 20 minutes. Windows 7 is from 5% to 15% faster in most measurements. Windows 7 is almost 50% smaller in hard drive space consumption. Consumer applications are left out of Windows 7 Professional - can be added with Live Essentials if needed.
  • Business computers that have Microsoft Office and other business applications need to be reinstalled in a Custom or Clean Install process. Most users are medium to heavy users and will require about 3 - 4 hours work. Complete hard drive image backups will require an additional hour of time.
  • These number are for older hardware!! Encourage modern hardware. Modern hardware would include multiple core processors like Intel's Core2 Duo or Core2 Quad processor families. Even those newer dual core Pentium processors can work fine. Older Pentium 4 processors with hyperthreading work acceptably in most cases. The most likely weak places will be in memory and graphics. The Windows Experience Index can help determine the weak spots.
  • Security and Stablitiy are equal to and better than Vista. Drivers developed from Vista make availability good. Business life cycle of PCs is 3 - 4 years by most standards. 3 years based on depreciation.
  • In particular, Windows 7 saves vast amounts of hard drive space. This is accomplished by not installing additional files that are not used for most people. Also, many consumer level applications are left uninstalled, but can be found at Microsoft's website under Windows Live Essentials. Win7 services will only run as long as they are needed, so there is no need to tweak with "msconfig".
  • This section is to introduce the new features.
  • Image shows progression of designers as they worked from Vista to Windows 7. Action Center is now on the far right. And the stackable view of icons makes the taskbar less cluttered. For the demonstration later, show how to pin an application or folder to the taskbar and also the Start Menu. For the demonstration later, show the ability to search for photos in Flickr and also a term in Google.
  • Jump Lists are context sensitive. Try them with various applications and folders to see the differences. What does a jump list look like on a hard drive or network icon?
  • Used in conjunction with Aero Peek, the taskbar is much better now. For the demonstration later, show the Aero Peek as it pertains to the taskbar. Aero Peek makes current windows transparent while viewing other information. In this case, we see the mouse moving over SongBird application which has one window open. Hovering over that preview will provide an enlarged view while making the other windows on the desktop transparent. (Demo this to make effective point later.)
  • This example of Aero Snap show that when a window is dragged to the top edge of screen, it will expand to fill the screen once mouse button is released. May also show AeroShake. Ask the participant if they can see the outline of potential windows maximized.
  • For the demo later, create a folder of project files on the hard drive. Then add that folder to the Libraries and show how this aids in keeping files easily accessible and searchable.
  • IE8 supports web standards better and has new features ( ). It has an IE7 "compatibility mode" in case a site has problems with IE8.
  • Notes: XP Mode does NOT require an XP Pro license. Downloadable as an add-on to Windows 7 from Microsoft website. Requirements: PC hardware must support virtualization. ArrowQuick can determine this with a software utility.
  • These features are ADVANCED and thus require either Windows 7 Ultimate or a business network domain that has a Windows Server 2008 R2 installation.
  • If you can't do an in-place upgrade, a clean install will at least give you a fresh OS (without the grunge that builds up over time).
  • Home Premium – Retails for $259; Upgrade for $99; Home Package (5 PCs) Upgrade for $149. Professional – Retails for $299; Upgrade for $199 Enterprise - Volume licensing only (most of Ultimate features) Ultimate – Retails for $319; Upgrade for $219.
  • By October 2010, Windows 7 will account for nearly half of all client operating systems shipped to corporate users at 49.5%. Vista’s adoption rate in the same timeframe will be 15%. By October 2011, Windows 7 will jump to nearly 75% of units shipped; Vista will slip to under 1%. To characterize how fast Vista will fade, Windows XP will account for nearly 35% or nearly 41 million units in 2010 even though it started life in late 2001 and will be 1 year into its extended support.
  • Notes - you must download Windows Live software pack - free for mail, photo gallery. Live can be downloaded.
  • Applications and custom fonts would need to be reinstalled.
  • For large deployments of PCs, consider using the User State Migration Tool for Windows 7. rary/dd560801(WS.10).aspx brary/dd723609.aspx
  • So should you upgrade? If you are using Vista, definitely -- it is basically "Win Vista SP3". If you are using XP and are happy with it, you don't need to upgrade, but you shouldn't be afraid to.
  • Preparing for Windows 7

    1. 1. Preparing for Windows 7
    2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Robert Hammann - Senior Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Cody VanWalbeek - I.T. Team Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Perry Lund - Senior Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Eric Heikes - Web Development Team </li></ul>
    3. 3. Agenda Topics <ul><li>Windows Historical Business Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 7 New Features & Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 7 Upgrade Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 7 Installation Information </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>
    4. 4. Windows in Business Brief Historical Overview
    5. 5. Brief Historical Overview <ul><li>From 1999 – 2006, Windows 2000 & Windows XP were the choices for operating systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Vista Business launched in late 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Vista had performance and driver issues for over a year and businesses did not adopt the new operating system. </li></ul>
    6. 8. Small Business Today <ul><li>Microsoft Windows XP Pro clients used by 85%. </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Windows Server 2000 or Server 2003 in use. </li></ul><ul><li>Some businesses use Windows XP Home or Media editions; can not join domain. </li></ul>
    7. 9. Web Browsers <ul><li>Some unstructured networks and security issues exist. </li></ul><ul><li>Most businesses using older Internet Explorer 6 which lacks modern security and page rendering technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer 8 is part of Windows 7 operating system. </li></ul>
    8. 10. Windows 7 Story <ul><li>Betas available to widest possible audience in late 2008 and early 2009; had high level of stability. </li></ul><ul><li>The release candidate was available from May – August 2009 and was widely tested for driver and application compatibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Released to Manufacturing in early August 2009. </li></ul>
    9. 11. Windows 7 Improvements
    10. 12. Improvements <ul><ul><li>Faster installation than XP or Vista. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster performance than Vista on same computer hardware. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupies less hard drive space than Vista. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More productive user interface with better multi-tasking features. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less clutter ; removal of non-business apps. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. Time of Installation <ul><li>Performance - Clean Install of Windows 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop: Dell XPS M1330 with Core2Duo T9500, nVidia M8400, 3 GB RAM, 160 GB HD </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop: Business PC with 3 GHz AMD Phenom II 945, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HD, Radeon HD 4870 </li></ul>Vista Windows 7 Laptop 32 minutes 21 minutes Desktop 18 minutes 15 minutes
    12. 14. Improvements <ul><li>Clean installs faster than XP </li></ul>
    13. 15. Improvements <ul><li>Upgrading to modern hardware is advisable. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 7 performs so-so on older hardware. </li></ul><ul><li>4-yr old PC: P4 @ 2.4 GHz, Intel 845, 1 GB DDR RAM, 40 GB 7200rpm HD, TNT2 Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>3-yr old Notebook: Core2 Duo T7200, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, 60 GB 7200rpm HD, GeForce Go 7400 </li></ul><ul><li>2-yr old PC: QuadCore Q6600 @ 3.2GHz, 4 GB Corsair RAM, Western Digital 1 TB hard drive </li></ul>
    14. 16. Improvements <ul><ul><li>Windows 7 performs better than Vista on existing hardware. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Windows Experience Index to identify weak performance areas and replace components . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not put off purchasing new hardware when the life-cycle of a machine is completed. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 17. <ul><li>Performance - Resource Utilization </li></ul>Improvements MEMORY (MB) DISK SPACE (GB) XP Vista Win 7 Base Memory 150 MB 299 MB 216 MB Disk Storage 5.7 GB 14.3 GB 8.6 GB
    16. 18. Windows 7 New Features and Demonstrations
    17. 19. New Features <ul><li>Taskbar: The ability to pin your entire workspace to the taskbar – including applications and documents – and interact with them in a consistent manner is a welcome feature. </li></ul><ul><li>Taskbar variations tested in Windows 7 beta testing to come up with final version. </li></ul>WINDOWS VISTA WINDOWS 7 BETA WINDOWS 7 FINAL
    18. 20. New Features <ul><li>Jump Lists: A context sensitive list of accessible items associated with applications and events. A jump list for Notepad shows text documents, while in Media Player, it lists recently played tunes and related media tasks. </li></ul>
    19. 21. Windows 7 Features AERO PEEK
    20. 22. Windows 7 Features AERO SNAP
    21. 23. New Features <ul><li>Libraries: Libraries are user-defined collections of content. Windows 7 addresses the problem of users’ content stored all over a PC and not just in “My Documents”. Users now define what folders and locations are included in “Document Library”. </li></ul>
    22. 24. New Features <ul><li>Search Connectors: These tools connect searches in Windows 7 to Internet services such as Flickr, Youtube, Yahoo, Google and eBay. Results can be viewed over an Internet link. </li></ul>
    23. 25. New Features <ul><li>Internet Explorer 8: New web browser supports web standards better and has new features. Offers a “compatibility mode” for website problems. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    24. 26. New Features <ul><li>XP Mode - Windows XP SP 3 in a virtual box. </li></ul>
    25. 27. New Features <ul><li>DirectAccess: Mobile users gain access to business network file shares without VPN software costs and security issues. (Server 2008 R2) </li></ul><ul><li>BitLocker: Encryption of the hard drives that require password to access the applications and files stored on the computer. (Server 2008 R2) </li></ul><ul><li>AppLocker: Prevents installation of unauthorized software and allows business to specify what software is used in their organization. </li></ul>
    26. 28. New Features requires Server 2008 R2 1 Features Home Premium Professional Ultimate Maximum memory in 64-bit OS 16 GB 192 GB 192 GB Maximum CPUs 1 CPU 2 CPUs 2 CPUs Backup and Restore Not network Yes Yes Encrypting File System No Yes Yes Server Domain Joining No Yes Yes Remote Desktop Host No Yes Yes Windows XP Mode No Yes Yes AppLocker & BitLocker No No Yes BranchCache & Direct Access 1 No No Yes Virtual Hard Disk Booting No No Yes
    27. 29. New Features <ul><li>There are many resources for learning the new features of Windows 7. Go to this URL on the Internet for a short video on 20 new features. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    28. 30. Windows 7 Upgrade Pathways
    29. 31. Hardware Requirements <ul><ul><li>1 GHz or faster 32-bit/64-bit processor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 GB (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit) available hard drive space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DirectX 9 graphics device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DVD optical drive for installation media (typical) </li></ul></ul>
    30. 32. Upgrade Advisor <ul><li>Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a free tool that is available from Microsoft to help users determine if Windows 7 will run on their current PC. </li></ul><ul><li>The Upgrade Advisor is important for Windows XP users as there may be compatibility issues. </li></ul>
    31. 33. Upgrade Pathways <ul><li>There are two type of installations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Place Upgrade: Keeps your files, settings, and programs intact from your current system. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom Install: A clean installation give you the option to either completely replace your current system or install Windows on a specific drive or partition that you select. </li></ul></ul>
    32. 34. Windows 7 Pricing Windows 7 Ultimate $319 Retail $219 Upgrade Windows 7 Pro $299 Retail $199 Upgrade Windows 7 Home $199 Retail $99 Upgrade $150 Family Pack
    33. 36. Free Upgrades from Vista to Windows 7 <ul><li>Many manufacturers are already providing a free upgrade path as of late June 2009. If you have a PC purchased between June 2009 and the October release of Windows 7, you might be eligible for a free upgrade. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vista Business PC to Windows 7 Professional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vista Ultimate PC to Windows 7 Ultimate </li></ul></ul></ul>
    34. 37. Windows 7 – Projected Adoption
    35. 38. Projected Adoption Over 80 percent of information technology professionals plan to upgrade to Windows 7 within 30 months of it Enterprise release in September 2009. About 50% of enterprise Information Technology Decision Makers plan to upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as available. That means by February of 2012, only about 17% - 21% of large enterprise businesses will be holding onto other versions of Windows client operating systems. Microsoft will discontinue all support for Windows XP between 2010 - 2014.
    36. 39. Projected Adoption Over 80 percent of information technology professionals plan to upgrade to Windows 7 within 30 months of it Enterprise release in September 2009. In the next 30 months, Windows 7 license sales should reach around 80 million units in the business market, making it’s adoption pace much greater than Windows XP, which had a good adoption rate in early 2001 - 2004.
    37. 40. Projected Adoption INFORMATION: FROM IDC SOURCES <ul><li>By October 2010, Windows 7 will account for nearly half of all client operating systems shipped to corporate users at 49.5%. </li></ul><ul><li>By October 2011, Windows 7 will jump to nearly 75%. </li></ul>Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 2010 41 18 58 2011 15 0.6 88 2012 15 0.1 105 2013 8 0 119 Units in millions brought by corporations
    38. 41. Windows 7 Installation Information
    39. 42. Why do a Clean Install? <ul><li>What are those good reasons for a clean install? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows 7 has an improved directory structure. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Registry collects garbage entries over time with software installs and uninstalls. A clean install give you a fresh Registry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Transfer Utility works very well to move documents, files and settings to a cleanly installed Windows 7 installation. </li></ul></ul>
    40. 43. Windows Easy Transfer
    41. 44. Windows Easy Transfer <ul><li>The following files and settings are transferred: files and folders, e-mail settings, contacts and messages, program settings, user accounts and settings, Internet settings and favorites, music and pictures and videos. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Easy Transfer does NOT transfer system files such as fonts and drivers or applications. </li></ul>
    42. 45. Windows Easy Transfer <ul><li>Methods of transfer </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a USB cable between systems if moving from an old PC to a new PC. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a network connection between the old and new PCs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use removable media such as a USB flash drive or hard disk if doing a clean install on the same PC. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    43. 46. Questions and Answers <ul><li>So should you upgrade to Windows 7? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you are using Vista, definitely. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you are using XP and are happy, you do not need to upgrade, but should not be afraid to. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Other questions? </li></ul>
    44. 47. Windows 7 Information <ul><li>Windows 7 Quick Guide PDF - </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hands-on video tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>ArrowQuick demonstrations (email us at </li></ul>