Tier 2: Welcome to Windows 7

Hello and thank you for agreeing to be one of our first staff members to be assigned a Windows 7 Tier 2 computer.

For a glossary of terms and information on the Library Technology Group computing environment, click here.

There are several new things that we would like to point out.

  • Your new computer is name SMEMxxxx/SMUSxxxx/SCOLxxxx.
  • You now have three Tier 2 logins:  
    • username:  Use to login to Windows 7 computer (named SMEM, SMUS, etc). 
      • If you had a login for Windows XP, your password is unchanged.
      • If you are new to Tier 2s, did not have a login for Windows XP,this is your first login, the password will be the same as your username-xp login (you will need to change it the first time you log in)
    • username-xp:  Use to login to Windows XP computer (named GMEM, GMUS, etc)
      • The initial password is randomized and will be sent to you when you migrate.
    • username-adm:    Use when prompted to "elevate" to a local administrator
      • The initial password is the same as that of your username-xp

  • Keep the Power on! Unlike in the past, we are now asking staff to LEAVE THEIR COMPUTERS ON at night. As always, logoff (and turn the monitor off if you wish) when you are not using your computer. We have a new policy in place that will turn your computer back on at 5:00 a.m. if you did turn off your computer (out of habit, or for whatever reason).      We push security and other program updates to your computer between 5:00 - 7:00 a.m.

  • Download and Music location. If you use Itunes or download software from the network, the files will be saved on the local C:\ drive. Note that if you use a shared computer, all users on the computer will have access to these files. As always, files on your local C: drive are NOT backed up to the network. If you have work related music files make sure you save those to your Q drive.

  • Firefox bookmarks?   Where are they?   Go to this article to restore your bookmarks from your previous computer. 

User Account Control (UAC)

One of the biggest changes you will notice is that your Tier 2 user is no longer a local administrator on your computer.   This is a change that is being implemented on Windows 7 to meet campus security requirements.     Most major threats to computers occur from user interaction with the Web through tools like browsers and email clients and by logging in with a non-administrative user for daily tasks, you significantly reduce the risk of malware installation or other harmful viruses and unintended changes to your computer.

What that means to you is that when you make changes on your computer like installing software or copying files to your hard drive, you will be prompted to "elevate" your permissions to an account that has administrative rights.   All Tier 2 users will be provisioned an administrative user:  your username followed by '-adm', for example 'kgoodman-adm'.  While using Windows, you may notice buttons or icons that have a shield that looks like thisUACShield.PNG.      This signifies that using this will make changes to the operating system and will require administrative rights/permission to do so.

 When you click on something with this shield, a box similar to the following will pop up:


  • If you see a box like this and are sure you want to give it permission to run, click yes and the program will run. However, if you see something similar to the following box with a yellow heading, Windows cannot verify that the program about to run is legitimate, so exercise more caution when clicking yes.
  • If you are unsure why one of these boxes has popped up and you have not purposely downloaded and ran or clicked on something that might pop up a box like this, you should click no. This will help to prevent viruses and trojans from getting onto the machine.
Before you use this account for the first time, you will need to change the password.   See this document for instructions to do so. 
Any problems that you encounter during this early adoption period should be reporting to LTG by calling 262-8880 or emailing ltghelpdesk@library.wisc.edu.    Please make a list of the issues and comments and email them to ltghelpdesk@library.wisc.edu .

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Keywords:new windows 7 office 2010 word win7 whats new tier 2 two welcome uac -adm   Doc ID:18828
Owner:Kristjan G.Group:General Library System
Created:2011-06-14 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-06-27 12:23 CDT
Sites:General Library System
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