Welcome to VITA and Northrop Grumman’s Windows 7 deployment resources site. This site is intended to provide you with additional information on your new Windows 7 operating system. Please browse the below videos and frequently asked questions to learn more about the process for your upgrade and the new features that will be available to you once your upgrade is complete.
If you have any further questions about this deployment, please visit esupport (links below) or Microsoft’s Windows 7 website. Additionally, you can contact the VITA Customer Care Center (VCCC) at (866) 637-8482.
If you are on the Commonwealth of Virginia domain, please use the following link: http://esupport.cov.virginia.gov
If you are not on the Commonwealth of Virginia domain, please use the following link: https://esupport.virginia.gov
New Features in Windows 7
Closed Captions: To enable the “closed caption” feature of the videos Open Media Player; click “Play” on the tool bar. Click “Lyrics, Captions and Subtitles” in the drop down box. Select “On if Available.”
Windows 7 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why Windows 7? Why now?
This upgrade to Windows 7 will include the following:
- Security and configuration enhancements
- 64-bit configuration provides infrastructure to help support future application upgrades and features
- Updated menus and buttons
- Improved and expanded user tool set
- Speedy access to your favorite websites and documents
- Instant find capability to locate items on your PC
- This upgrade is beginning now in order to ensure completion prior to the Microsoft XP operating system becoming obsolete and no longer supported.
I have a lot of data I can’t afford to lose. What do I need to do to make sure it is all transferred?
A technician will make certain that your files are transferred to your new computer. To make the transfer go faster, please do the following:
- Move your files (.doc, .xls, .txt, etc.) to the “My Documents” folder
- Remove notes that may be attached to the hardware (post-its, pictures, stickers, etc.)
- Remove personal and work items that would be in the way of technicians removing and installing equipment
What will happen to all my saved email?
- Your local *. pst files will be copied during the Windows 7 deployment process.
What will happen to my Internet Explorer (IE) bookmarks?
- IE bookmarks will be copied during the Windows 7 deployment process.
I have administrator privileges on my current computer. Will the privileges be transferred to Windows 7?
- Yes. If you find this did not happen, please contact your agency information security officer (ISO).
If my computer does not meet Windows 7 minimum hardware requirements, will it be replaced?
- Yes. Computers that do not meet the minimum hardware requirements will be scheduled for refresh in 2012 and 2013.
Will everyone get a new PC when they get Windows 7?
- No. Only computers that are eligible for refresh or those that do not meet Windows 7 minimum hardware requirements will be replaced during Windows 7 deployment.
How do I get Windows 7?
- You will be contacted when your agency has authorized Windows 7 deployments. Please read all your emails concerning Windows 7 and make sure you or a designee is present during the deployment.
Will all my software be reinstalled?
- We will only be able to install software that works on Windows 7 -- and only if you have the original media.
How do I know if my software is Windows 7 compatible?
- You may want to visit the manufacturer’s website to find out if the version of your software is Windows 7 compatible.
What if my software does not work with Windows 7?
- A Windows 7 compatible version may need to be purchased.
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*Click on the linked name to see a video sample of this feature
Jump Lists: Jump lists take you right to the documents, pictures, songs or websites you turn to each day. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program button on the Windows 7 taskbar.
Snap: Use Snap to instantly compare windows side by side.
Libraries: Libraries make it easier to find, work with and organize files scattered across your PC or network. A library brings your stuff together in one place—no matter where it's actually stored.
Peek: Peek gives you the power of X-ray vision, so you can peer past all your open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop. Simply point to the end of the taskbar and watch the open windows instantly turn transparent, revealing all your hidden icons and gadgets.
Pin: Attach program shortcuts to the top of the Start menu so that you can quickly find and open programs that you use often.
Sticky Notes: You can open sticky notes to add a quick note to yourself. You can format a note’s text, change its color with a click, and quickly resize, collapse and flip through notes. Please note: When you close a sticky note, it is deleted. (*video not available for this feature)
Shake: Need to cut through a cluttered desktop and quickly focus on a single window? Just click the top of a pane and give your mouse a shake. Voila! Every open window -- except that one -- instantly disappears. Jiggle again—and your windows are back.
Snipping Tool: Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of Web page. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you're using a PC with a touch screen). Then you can annotate, save or email the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window.
Taskbar: The new Windows 7 taskbar is still the same familiar place for switching between windows, but now it's easier to see, more flexible and more powerful.
Can I install custom wallpaper on my desktop with Windows 7?
- Yes, you can install custom desktop wallpaper.
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