My school won't upgrade to Windows 7

on January 13th, 2010 by Matt | 3 Comments »

Many of us have either upgraded already or are planning on upgrading to Windows 7 very soon. Most schools and companies are planning on upgrading soon. Except for my school.

Their theory (as in, the IT Department) is that there is not point to upgrade. To those that use the computers (students and teachers) don’t use most of the features that are in Windows XP, let alone in Windows 7. The only reason why they are even using Windows is because no Linux distribution (free, of course) can natively run EXE files. They think that the school wouldn’t even need an integrated UI (taskbar, control panel, you get the idea), just desktop shortcuts to programs. It’s not like we use the Control Panel or anything like that, just programs like Word, Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Cubase.

I completely disagree. Windows 7 comes with many VERY useful and productive features, and has many many many security updates. I personally HATE Windows XP, because it’s been around too long, and Windows Vista & 7 have so many advantages.

But, I don’t have a choice. The school is sticking with Windows XP. Anyone have a way I can boot Windows 7 off a USB Key? If you do, PLEASE let me know.

  • Rather then going through the hassle of booting by USB, you could alternatively use a remote desktop, such as Live Mesh. Of course, this might not be possible if the network ports are locked down, in which case, you can also employ a VPN.

    • WizardCM

      Live Mesh doesn’t have the graphical interface I’m looking for, and I’d probably get banned for using a VPN. 😮

  • Ok guys, I fixed a mistake in the post.

    Before:
    (…) wouldn’t even need GUI, just desktop shortcuts to programs.

    After:
    (…) wouldn’t even need an integrated UI (taskbar, control panel, you get the idea), just desktop shortcuts to programs.