Windows 7 Professional is available!

The much-anticipated Windows 7 is here! This is Microsoft's newest operating system for all PC-compatible computers, including laptops, desktop, and netbooks. With the look-and-feel of Vista but the speed of XP, this upgrade is being recommended to all users, even if you have an older machine. Internet malware is still being targeted at XP and support for XP is going away soon. Please consider upgrading.

Windows 7 is being made available courtesy of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), which also provides--free of charge--software such as Visual Studio 2008, Visio, XP SP3, and Vista Business Edition. Neither Sierra College nor the Computer Science Department offers support for the software and operating systems.

Click on the MSDNAA tab (top of this page) for instructions on how to register for an account and download the available software.

Learn more about Windows 7 at

Upgrading Notes

Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 is easy and painless. Microsoft has worked hard to make the transition as transparent as possible.

There is no direct upgrade path from XP to Windows 7, unfortunately. XP users will need to back up their files before upgrading. Installing Windows 7 will wipe your hard drive clean before proceeding, so it's imperative that you have access to your backed-up files and application installers.