IS&T offers full support for 64- and 32-bit business-class versions of Windows 7 including:
- Professional Edition
- Enterprise Edition: Available via free download through MIT's Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA); click the Download Software button at the top of this page
- Ultimate Edition: Support excludes the Media Center components
IS&T recommends Microsoft's Windows 7 SP1 (SP1) for Windows 7. SP1 is the latest Service Pack for Windows 7 released by Microsoft.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting.
Important: Before you upgrade to SP1, IS&T strongly recommends the following:
- Back up your system
- If applicable, make sure that you run the latest PGP client version 10.1.2 prior to installing SP1
- Take the additional precautions outlined by Microsoft
If you experience software problems after installing SP1, check vendor websites and install the latest software updates before contacting the Help Desk.
- Migrating to Windows 7 is a very involved process that requires a lot of preparation and preplanning
- IS&T recommends a clean install versus an upgrade, and will also continue to support Windows XP and Vista
How to obtain
This software is made available free of charge to authorized members of the MIT community. Click the Download Software button at the top of this page.
There are three ways to get Service Pack 1 (SP1):
Enable MIT's Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS): If your machine is configured to use MIT's WAUS service, then you will automatically get SP1
Note: Win domain users are subscribed to MIT WAUS by default
- Use Windows Update to install SP1: this option is recommended for users who prefer Microsoft's Windows Update service
- Download the SP1 Standalone Installer from Microsoft: this option provides Microsoft's network installation package
See Computer Buying Advice for new purchase recommendations. If you decide to buy a Windows 7 machine, IS&T recommends that you select a system bundled with Windows 7 Professional edition. This version will provide you with more functionality and options.
However, please note:
- You can't upgrade from either the Home or Professional editions to Enterprise - a clean install is required
- The Home edition can't be a member of the Windows domain
Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:
- Windows 95, 98, Millennium Edition, XP, Vista RTM, Vista Starter, 7 M3, 7 Beta, 7 RC, or 7 IDS
Below are the requirements needed in order to run Windows 7 at MIT.
- Processor: 2.0 GHz or above
- Operating system: Windows 7
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Disk space: 20 GB or greater
- Graphics card:128 MB RAM or greater
If you install Windows 7 Enterprise, be sure to activate your machine. If you are using WIN.MIT.EDU, Windows 7 will automatically activate, and you will not need a special installer to get certificates.
- Windows 7: Migration Guidelines
- Windows 7: Clean Installation
- Windows 7: Set up with a Static IP Address
- Windows 7 Enterprise Edition: Activation
- Microsoft's Windows 7: Upgrade Paths
- Microsoft's Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7