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    Windows XP fundamentals here on some laptops running but shell replaced with VM login

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    no money, tight Governors....... but Sims user will be getting upgraded soon and then rest is done before September.

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    With the exception of a handful of machines (which are windows 7) we are XP across the school (approx 850 PC's).

    We're looking at switching to Windows 7 in the summer, but by my reckoning we've got 160 PC's which will not cope with it.....not sure where the money is coming from to replace those, so I think we'll be mixed for a fair while. We're also a Server 2003 school as well, but plans are in place to completely replace the server infrastructure this summer, this is being made the priority ahead of the PC's at this point.

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    We are still on XP apart from a handful of laptops on W7. Plan is to migrate over summer. As far as I know SIMS will not be supported on XP from the Autumn upgrade (November time?). If anyone knows different please let me know. Everyone here is still happy with XP only gripe is that IE8 is now not working with some sites and causes problems.

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    we have a few, and the only reason for this is that they are connected to engineering machines that dont support vista/7/8 drivers. these machines dont do much else than run milling/routing/laser blahs

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    About half Windows 7 and half XP currently. Not seen any need to replace the XP machines as they are still doing the job but expect to have a gradual replacement to Win 7.

    Big surprise to me is your praise for Windows 8 - I had a look and hated it!

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I thought i would add. We have 850 machines all Windows 7. We are to offer staff Windows 8 today, get an idea who is up for it. I am currently testing it and it works well.

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    Are you still on Windows XP? If so Why?

    We're still all XP, was meant to go to 7 last summer but didn't for reasons beyond my control. We're planning for this summer, as it is quite a big job, as we've been told we cannot have 7 and XP running on the network/domain by our support company.

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    I've finally had enough of waiting for the Senior Tech to give the Windows 7 'Go', so I'm rolling it out myself at half-term. Replacing the machines in one of our main IT rooms at half-term and at the same time, I'll re-image the other IT room with 7. It just seems stupid to keep on buying new pc's with 4+Gig ram and then install 32-bit XP on them and I can't do it anymore. <dramatic back of hand on forehead pose>

    All the new staff laptops have 7 on them and a couple of admin pc's. I plan on 'doing' the rest of them after half term but before July.

    I've had policies and images ready for 7 for about two years now. But you can shove Windows 8 right back where you got it from, pointless on a pc.

    Still running a 2003 domain, though

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    Got a mix here too rather they all be on windows 7, but you know Ipads are the future and the way forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Big surprise to me is your praise for Windows 8 - I had a look and hated it!
    At first so did i, its growing on me! But just becuase i don't like it shouldn't stop us from other staff using it.

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    Still on XP here because our outsourced ICT provider are useless and they manage all ICT kit.

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    100% Windows 7 at Main site. 2 of my primarys have plans for upgrading in Easter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    We are still on XP apart from a handful of laptops on W7. Plan is to migrate over summer. As far as I know SIMS will not be supported on XP from the Autumn upgrade (November time?). If anyone knows different please let me know. Everyone here is still happy with XP only gripe is that IE8 is now not working with some sites and causes problems.
    Spring is the last update that supports it. So needs doing before summer update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I thought i would add. We have 850 machines all Windows 7. We are to offer staff Windows 8 today, get an idea who is up for it. I am currently testing it and it works well.
    Even with SIMS?

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