A departmental, collegiate/administrative unit, or faculty/staff work computer Upgrade license for this item can be obtained through the Microsoft Campus Agreement Program.
Now available to University staff and faculty for purchase: Microsoft Work at Home rights. Please read this article to learn more.
Windows Operating System Upgrade
The Windows operating system upgrade is available through the campus agreement program for computers owned by the U of M. Check with your departmental technical support person before upgrading your operating system. You must have a full, legal version of a Windows operating system installed on your computer before installing an upgrade version through this program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What U of M owned computers can this upgrade software can be installed on?
- Can we install Windows 7 upgrade in a virtual environment on a Mac? Yes, as long as the OS is Intel-based.
- How about Linux? We have a large number of machines that came with no operating system on them. Do those qualify? No, unfortunately the computer that you are updating must have shipped from the distributor with an OEM version of the Windows OS (or have the Mac Intel-based OS).
- Does the computer have to be owned by the U of M? Yes, the computer must be currently owned by a department or unit of the U of M, no exceptions.
Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade
The Windows 7 upgrade image is now available for University of Minnesota-owned workstations. It has been configured to activate against an OIT managed, Microsoft Key Management Service (KMS) Server. No other license codes are required, but a University network connection is required to activate against the KMS server within the first 30 days following installation and then subsequently at least once every 180 days. Microsoft's licensing process changed with Windows Vista and Server 2008 and now uses KMS for activation. More information about Windows Volume Activation can be found on the Microsoft site.
OIT highly recommends that local IT staff evaluate this new release and determine when the collegiate/administrative unit will upgrade based upon their needs. Keep in mind that many software vendors (including Microsoft) have not yet released their official Windows 7-compatible applications.
If you have a computer that cannot ever be connected to the Internet, please have your IT director request a stand-alone product key from OIT Software Licensing by emailing email@example.com. This request must come from your IT Director and must state the reason why your computer cannot connect to the Internet at least once every 180 days.
Older Windows upgrade versions are also available for download.
See the Microsoft computer requirements for Windows 7 Enterprise:
- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB memory for 32-bit, 2GB memory for 64-bit
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DVD drive, DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
The advantages of participating in the Microsoft Campus Agreement Program include the following.