Windows 7 Upgrade - Campus Technology Services

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP in 2014, at which point no new security or functionality updates will be created. Microsoft XP was initially release in October of 2001 and is now over ten years old. In order to continue to provide up-to-date functionality and security to our campus PC users, CTS will begin deploying Windows 7 to faculty, staff, and lab computers in place of Windows XP starting in Spring 2012.

Any employee or department may request their computers to be upgraded by contacting the Technology Support Center at x3456 or Please have your computer's SUNY inventory sticker number ready, as the technicians will need that information. Your computer must be a Dell Optiplex 745 desktop or higher, or a Dell Latitude D630 (with 2 GB RAM) laptop or higher. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please contact the Technology Support Center. Over summer we will begin contacting departments that have not been moved to Windows 7 to schedule the upgrade process. These upgrades will take place over the next year and a half until completed.

CTS will be offering several different opportunities for training and to ease the transition process. CTS is offering hands-on workshops bi-weekly this semester. To register for a workshop, please go to:

Skillport training courses are also available. Skillport courses are self paced online training courses you can work on at any time from any location.You can also take advantage of Skillport training courses located at:

Finally, you may watch some introductory videos at:

CTS will also provide laminated handouts that review the major changes in Windows 7. When a technician moves your machine to Windows 7 they will also provide a very brief rundown of some of the major changes. CTS highly encourages people to attend workshops to familiarize themselves with Windows 7.