Windows 7

A New Pitt Mobile Design is Here!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 00:04

Earlier this spring all students, faculty, and staff were invited to take a survey and provide us with information about their Pitt Mobile experience. Pitt Mobile is an app and mobile Web site that provides helpful University information such as an interactive campus map, an online directory, an events calendar and more. Based on feedback from the survey, two designs were created and all students, faculty, and staff were invited to cast their votes for their favorite Pitt Mobile App design.

The results have been tallied and a winning design has been determined. The new site keeps the styling simple by using the blue-and-gold University colors. It also uses a traditional, icon-based layout with quick links to content. The site display adjusts to the mobile device used, but not to computers, tablets, or other devices. The new design looks like this:

Pitt Mobile App

New site features include:

  1. Icons that are arranged based on survey results and usage metrics.
  2. A Find Jobs icon has been added that links to PittSource, the University online employment system.
  3. An Ask Cathy link that can be used to search for and discover information about the University and services that are offered.
  4. A link to a Mobile Feedback form for students, faculty, and staff to continue to share Pitt Mobile experiences with us.
  5. Access to Arrival Survival that will be available during the campus move-in week.
  6. Information about special features and campus events that will be placed in the header of the app. Check Pitt Mobile often to see what’s going on.

Please continue to provide feedback on your Pitt Mobile experience. Your feedback is a valuable and important part of improving the service.

Get the free Pitt Mobile App for iPhone and iPad via the App Store or use Google Play on Android devices.

For additional information, visit the Pitt Mobile page or check out the Ask Cathy feature.

Electronic Data Transfer Node: Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Enterprise Data Transfer Node?

An Enterprise Data Transfer Node (Enterprise DTN) enables researchers to use a Web browser to securely and conveniently transfer data files between their laptop, lab server, local research computing facilities, national supercomputing facilities, or almost any other storage system. The Enterprise DTN was developed and implemented as the first service available on the ScienceDMZ.

How do I get started?

Network Maintenance to Affect Several Buildings on Feb. 18

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:56


Network equipment will be upgraded during the standard downtime period on Saturday, February 18 beginning at 11:00 p.m. The work is expected to be completed by 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 19.

Wired network service will be briefly affected in the following locations:

  • Network traffic (MPLS) to UPMC from Engineering Hall
  • Network traffic (MPLS) from Thackeray Hall

Wired and wireless network service may also be affected in the following buildings:

  • Allen Hall
  • Benedum Hall
  • Eberly Hall
  • Falk School
  • Fraternity Buildings
  • Gardner Steel Conference Center
  • Learning Research and Development Center
  • Nordenberg Hall
  • Nuclear Physics
  • O’Hara Garage
  • Old Engineering Hall
  • Panther Hall
  • Pennsylvania Hall
  • Soldiers and Sailors
  • Space Research Coordination Center
  • Sutherland Hall
  • Thackeray Hall
  • Thaw Hall
  • University Club

This maintenance is necessary to ensure the continued reliability and stability of the network. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions about this announcement

Installing Windows 7

Pre-Installation information

You need to prepare your computer before initiating the installation of the Windows 7. Since you are installing a completely new operating system, all programs that are currently on your computer will be deleted.

PittNet (Wireless): Configuring Windows 7 for Wireless PittNet


If you are not able to connect to Wireless PittNet using our automated wizard, you can manually configure your computer using the steps in this help sheet.

Windows 7: Incompatible Software List


The following software programs tested by CSSD have been determined to be incompatible with Windows 7. 

Third-party software downloads not compatible with Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit):

  • Borland C++
  • ChemOffice
  • ETAP Powerstation
  • Idrisi GIS
  • Scientific Workplace
  • Sigma Plot
  • Easyflow

Third-party software downloads not compatible with Windows 7 (64 bit):

Buying a New Computer

Recommended Configurations

Considering a new computer? Need a powerhouse workstation, or just a basic notebook? See below for our recommended configurations.

IMPORTANT: Before you buy, individuals interested in purchasing computers, accessories, and supplies should visit the Computer Discounts for Students, Faculty and Staff page of the University's Web site for a list of vendor discounts.

Microsoft Campus Agreement Now Includes Office 365 ProPlus

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:54


Computing Services and Systems Development is pleased to announce that University departments who subscribe to the Microsoft Campus Agreement now have access to Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost. 

With Office 365 ProPlus, faculty and staff in your department have access to the latest versions of Office applications no matter what device they are using—smartphone, tablet, or computer. Each person in participating departments can install Office on up to five different computers at work or at home. They can also install the full Android and iOS Office apps on up to five tablets and five smartphones.     

Departments that are not currently participating in the Microsoft Campus Agreement can subscribe through Software Distribution Services at a cost of $95 per employee.

In addition, all Pitt students, faculty, and staff have access to Microsoft SharePoint Online, which provides a wide variety of cloud-based tools that make it easier than ever to store files, share ideas, and collaborate with colleagues and coworkers.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions or would like additional information.