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Welcome to our new addition to the SITS website!

We are excited to be able to offer guides on installing and activating Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 to those do-it-yourself students out there! Please keep in mind that you are using these guides at your own risk.

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Below are easy to read guides made with you, the student, in mind. 

SITS recommends disabling or uninstalling any antivirus on your computer before installing software and then enabling or reinstalling antivirus after installation is complete to avoid complications with your download.

 

Three types of Windows 7 installations are explained below and there are separate guides for each one. Please read the descriptions carefully and select the type of installation that best fits your needs.

Your computer must meet the minimum requirements of Windows 7 in order for you to install Windows 7. If you are not sure about the version of Windows you are currently running or need to know how to check your computer to see if it meets the minimum requirements, please Click Here to view our Windows 7 FAQ Sheet and also the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

SITS recommends connecting to the internet (via internet cable not wireless) for each of the installations/guides below.

 

Download Software from SRS:

 

NOTICE: You will need to use your name@my.westga.edu email account to download software. This guide covers the steps to download the MCA software from SRS and other necessary steps to obtain software from SRS. Click Here to access the guide. Click Here to go to the SRS site for the software.

Upgrade (from Vista) to Windows 7:

This method directly upgrades your computer from Microsoft Windows Vista to Microsoft Windows 7. It preserves profiles, passwords, and programs as well as leaves documents, pictures, and music in their original locations. Keep in mind, your computer MUST be running Microsoft Windows Vista (NOT Microsoft Windows XP) to be able to do this upgrade.

If this is the installation you want to do, Click Here to access a PDF user guide.
To view a printer friendly version of the Upgrade (from Vista) to Windows 7 Guide, Click Here.

This method directly upgrades your computer from Microsoft Windows Vista to Microsoft Windows 7. It preserves profiles, passwords, and programs as well as leaves documents, pictures, and music in their original locations. Keep in mind, your computer MUST be running Microsoft Windows Vista (NOT Microsoft Windows XP) to be able to do this upgrade.

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Install/Reformat Windows 7:

This type of installation will save your information (documents, pictures, music, etc...) for you. If there was a previous version of Windows on your computer, those files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. The student will be able to access the information in the Windows.old folder, but will not be able to use the previous version of Windows or any of the programs that were installed on it.

If this is the installation you want to do, Click Here to access a PDF user guide.
To view a printer friendly version of the Windows 7 with Windows.old File Installation Guide, Click Here.

This type of installation will save your information (documents, pictures, music, etc...) for you. If there was a previous version of Windows on your computer, those files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. The student will be able to access the information in the Windows.old folder, but will not be able to use the previous version of Windows or any of the programs that were installed on it.

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Clean Install of Windows 7:

This type installs Windows 7 without backing up or saving any information. Partitions will be deleted and the hard drive will be wiped clean before installation of Windows 7. CAUTION!! NOTHING WILL BE SAVED!! This installs a fresh copy of Windows. This is as if you are making your computer like it was when it was new.

If this is the installation you want to do, Click Here to access a PDF user guide.
To view a printer friendly version of the Clean Installation of Windows 7, Click Here.

This type installs Windows 7 without backing up or saving any information. Partitions will be deleted and the hard drive will be wiped clean before installation of Windows 7. CAUTION!! NOTHING WILL BE SAVED!! This installs a fresh copy of Windows. This is as if you are making your computer like it was when it was new.

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Activating a New Installation of Windows 7:

This guide is intended for those who did not enter their Windows 7 product key during installation. It will take you through the steps of activating your new installation of Windows 7.

If this is what you want to do, Click Here to access a PDF user guide.

 

Please note that for the last two types of Windows 7 installations, you may have encountered an error exclaiming that your product key is not intended for clean installations. If you encounter this error message, skip the step where you enter your product key. Once you get to your new desktop, download and run this file, restart your computer, and enter your product key again.

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Installing Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010:

This guide will show you how to install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 onto your computer.
Important!! To avoid any issues or problems with installing Office 2010 onto your computer, you must uninstall any previous versions of Microsoft Office (Even Office 2010 Click-to-Run, Home & Student, etc...). Problems don't always arise, but it happens frequently enough to be noted. This is why we say to uninstall anything that has to do with Microsoft Office from your computer before attempting to install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 onto your computer.

If this is what you want to do, Click Here to access a PDF user guide.

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List of Our Common Programs.

With every installation of Windows 7 that we do, we make sure that there are certain programs that we install before we send your computer home. These programs are chosen with you, the student, in mind.

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • K-Lite Codec Packs
  • Adobe Flash Player (both for Internet Explorer and other browsers)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe AIR
  • Silverlight
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Shockwave Player
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (Anti-Virus)

* It is suggested to disable/uninstall antivirus software while doing any of the above and enable/reinstall upon completion.

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Contact us!

We would love to hear from you! Tell us what you think!

We would love to hear from you! Tell us what you think!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like another type of guide, please contact us at SITS by using one of the three methods below.

Phone: (678) 839-5067
Email: sits@westga.edu
In Person: Cobb Hall, Room 122

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  The content of this page is created and maintained by the Graduate Assistants in SITS. We are constantly working on providing students with more user guides.