Windows 7 is an operating system from the Microsoft Corporation. Windows 7 simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, makes new things possible, and is engineered by Microsoft yet inspired by the user. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. Installing SP1 helps keep Windows 7 up to date.
You can ONLY perform an Upgrade to Windows 7 if you are running Windows Vista Enterprise. All other installations require a Clean Install.
1. Windows Vista Enterprise ONLY -- Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7
2. View System Requirements.
3. Editions of Windows 7 Comparison Chart. LSU offers Windows 7 Enterprise Edition which has the same features as Windows 7 Ultimate.
There are two ways to activate Microsoft Windows.
1. On The Hub (Available to LSU Students ONLY):
This method is independent of the LSU network.
2. Enterprise Version (Available to LSU Faculty, Staff & Students):
This method provides activation against the LSU network and requires the computer to be on the LSU Network to Activate. Also, a connection must be made to the LSU network every 90 Days to maintain the activation of the license.
Connect to the LSU network On-Campus or Off-Campus via the LSU VPN. View Activating Windows 7 Off-Campus using the VPN for more information.
Download & Installation Instructions
Burn .ISO to a DVD OR Create a Bootable Thumb Drive. More installation information is available from Microsoft here: Installing Windows 7.
View information on Determining whether an Operating System is 32-Bit or 64-Bit.
LSU STUDENTS: Independent From LSU. (Activation Type: Product License Key)
Students will receive a Product License Key which allows for ONLY ONE INSTALLATION. (View an alternative method of installation that requires on-campus activation every 90 days.)
Windows 7: Download Install File & Retrieve Product Key for Windows 7 from On The Hub
Windows 7 : Installation Instructions (On The Hub Version)
LSU FACULTY & STAFF: Require On-Campus Activation every 90 days. (Activation Type: Enterprise Server)
This method of downloading and installing Windows 7 requires communication with the LSU License Server, however you are not limited to only one installation.
Windows 7: Download from TigerWare (Enterprise Version)
Windows 7: Installation Instructions (Enterprise Version) (Clean Install)
License Activation Information
Windows Enterprise: Activation Troubleshooting
LSU Microsoft Campus License Agreement
LSU Microsoft Campus Agreement Frequently Asked Questions
Training & Support
Lynda Campus Video Training (PAWS ID Required)
Getting Started (Vendor)
Known Issues & Solutions
Network Connection Problems
Invalid Windows 7 Product Key
All Known Issues from Microsoft
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I upgrade to Windows 7?
It's simple: Windows 7 has loads of improvements over previous versions of Windows, like a retooled taskbar and more efficient search to get you to your files faster. Or the new Action Center, which puts you in charge of which Windows alerts you see. HomeGroup takes the headache out of sharing files on your home network—and you can connect to wireless networks on your laptop in just two clicks. Best of all, Windows 7 is designed to be faster, more responsive, and less memory hungry than earlier versions. For the full details, check out the Windows vs. Windows comparison—or read 10 reasons to buy Windows 7.
Should I get a new PC or upgrade the one I have now?
If you're ready to buy a new PC, that's a simple way to get Windows 7—and you'll get the benefits of all the ways Windows 7 can make the latest hardware technologies shine. But Windows 7 may also improve the PC you're using now. You can use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to find out if your current PC will be able to run Windows 7.
Can my PC run Windows 7?
If your PC can run Windows Vista, it can probably run Windows 7. To find out for sure, download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will scan your PC and give you a report on whether your hardware, devices, and installed programs are compatible.
View Frequently Asked Questions from Microsoft.
Referenced from: windows.microsoft.com