On January 30, 2007 Microsoft released Vista, a new version of its Windows operating system. Not surprisingly, Vista is incompatible with certain other applications in use at Penn, and so Information Systems & Computing (ISC) recommends postponing adoption of Vista. Individuals and offices considering upgrading to Vista or planning to purchase new Windows systems are strongly advised to review the information below and to consult with their Local Support Providers (LSPs) before making a purchase.
Upon release, Vista will be pre-installed by default on most new Windows systems, though it will still be possible to choose Windows XP on systems from Dell and Lenovo for some period of time. Vista will also be available as an upgrade for certain classes of Windows systems that currently run XP and 2000. To complicate matters further, five different editions of Vista will be available - for more information on which of these editions is best for you, see Windows Vista Editions. ISC strongly recommends that users of older versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional, adopt a "wait and see" approach and defer upgrading until the initial bugs in Windows Vista are identified and fixed. Even then, users should only upgrade systems that meet or exceed ISC's recommended hardware specifications for Vista which are for workstations with dual-core or hyperthreading processors that have at least
ISC will support some, not all, editions of Windows Vista for its clients, including off-campus students, only on new workstations that ship with Windows Vista pre-installed. Recommendations and support policies in individual Schools and Centers will depend on local conditions and resources and may be different from ISC's. Be sure to check with your LSP.
2007 Daylight Saving Time Changes
Windows Vista is compliant with the new Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time rules.
See the 2007 Daylight Saving Time Changes page for more information.
A handful of the most important incompatibilities are listed below. A chart with compatibility information for a larger subset of important desktop and University-wide applications is also available.
Testing & Evaluation
In anticipation of the Vista release, ISC and School/Center staff have been conducting compatibility tests for University-wide applications (financial, research, etc.), supported products, and local applications. Although many applications are Vista compatible, some are not, and as we work to resolve the issues, we will continue to keep the LSP community advised of the progress vendors are making towards Vista compatibility. We anticipate that status assessments will occur in roughly three-month increments until all issues are resolved, and we will continue to communicate progress both directly to LSPs and through web updates until we can recommend adoption of Vista.
Windows is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount.
Microsoft software is available to University of Pennsylvania departments through the Microsoft Select Volume License Program. A detailed description of the Microsoft Program including product information and a FAQ has been prepared by the Office of Software Licensing. All purchases of Microsoft Select software are made through the Computer Connection.
Primary computing support is usually located in the schools, units, and residences, close to the faculty, staff, and students being served. Contact lists are available for:
To look up your local support provider, select your University affiliation above. You may also call First Call at 215-573-4778 to request a referral if you are not sure who to contact.
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