Software - Windows 8
Windows 8 Enterprise at UMass Boston
The UMass Boston IT Department is supporting Windows 8 and 8.1 for university owned computers but we are not yet actively deploying it. Faculty and staff can request a copy of this software by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $15 per disc. Please specify whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit version.
What is Windows 8?
Microsoft officially released its latest operating system, Windows 8, on Friday, October 26, 2012. Windows 8 is a version of the Windows operating system for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs.
While Windows 8 provides some new functionality and improved performance but also has a significantly different user interface, anyone choosing to upgrade will need to learn a different way of navigating Windows. To ease the transition from Windows 7 to 8, IT will offer end user training to the community in the near future. Furthermore, IT has been officially supporting Windows 8 since July 2013; however we have not installed Windows 8 on new or old computers yet, pending to the end user training. However, if the computer comes with Windows 8, IT will support it.
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in October 2013. This release provides a variety of fixes, including the return of the Start Menu button located at the lower left hand corner of the screen, which most users are used to since its debut in Windows 95.
Please also be aware Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014; therefore IT has been migrating all Windows XP computers to Windows 7 or 8 (if requested).
Moving the university community and university systems to the Windows 8 platform will require planning and software testing. In September 2013, we determined that the following software is compatible to Windows 8.
UMass Boston Licensed Software Windows 8 compatibility chart (as of September 2013)
|Microsoft Software||Compatible with Windows 8|
|Office 2010 Suites||YES|
|Office 2007 Professional||YES|
|Office 2003 Professional||NO|
|Office 2000 Professional||NO|
|Office XP 2002 Professional||NO|
|Front Page 2003||NO|
|Adobe Software||Compatible with Windows 8|
|Adobe Acrobat Pro X||YES|
|Adobe Acrobat Pro 9||YES|
|Adobe Acrobat Standard 9||YES|
|Adobe CS5 Design Standard/Premium||YES|
|Adobe CS4 Design Standard/Premium||YES|
|Adobe Flash Player 9-10||YES|
|Adobe Reader 9- 10||YES|
|Antivirus Software||Compatible with Windows 8|
|McAfee 8.8 (must have patch 3 or above)||YES|
|Statistical Software||Compatible with Windows 8|
|Administrative Software||Compatible with Windows 8|
|COMPUTRACE (Laptop only)||YES|
Before installing a fresh Windows 8 operating system or upgrading your old one to Windows 8, you should know the minimum hardware requirements.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Note: 4 GB recommended
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Version of Windows 8 and upgrading compatibility:
Windows 8 comes in four editions (namely, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Enterprise, and Windows RT), and it is possible to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with the user’s data intact. See this link for version details and upgrading compatibility. For all university-owned desktop and laptop computers; we will install the Enterprise version.
IT has tested the upgrading compatibility for the following versions of operating systems:
|Old Operating System||New Operating System||Can it be upgraded?|
|Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit||Windows 8 Enterprise 32 bit||YES|
|Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit||Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit||NO|
|Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit||Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit||YES|
Dell Computers that are Windows 8 ready (partial list):
If you have one of the Dell models that IT currently supports, this computer is Windows 8 ready:
- Dell Optiplex 755
- Dell Optiplex 760
- Dell Optiplex 785
- Dell Optiplex 980
- Dell Optiplex 990
- Dell Optiplex 9010
- Latitude E5430
- Latitude E5530
- Latitude E6430
- Latitude E6530
For any other models not listed; please contact the IT Service Desk at 617.287.5220 or email@example.com.