Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

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What is Windows®?

Windows® is the operating system that was created by Microsoft in the 1980's.  This is the operating system that comes pre-installed on most most PCs and laptops today.  Windows® is an operating system with a graphical user interface that makes navigating the files and applications on your computer easy.  First sold as an add-on product to MS-DOS, it has evolved and become more user friendly with each release:  Windows® 3.1, Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® ME, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, and Windows 8®.  The version most widely used at Clemson is currently Windows® 7. 

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Is there a cost associated with Windows®?

Clemson Faculty and Students can purchase a copy of the current version of Windows® at the Clemson Computer Store in the old Union building.  Once a student graduates they are no longer eligible to purchase these DVD's.  This software can be installed on the students computers while they are attending Clemson and can be re-installed once they graduate as long as they have purchased the DVD.  If a student transfers or drops-out, they should follow proper procedures and guidelines and remove any Clemson licensed Windows® and/or Microsoft Office products from their computer. More information regarding this can be found on the CCIT Software website.

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Can I download Windows®? 

No.  However, you can download Microsoft updates by going to  Note that most computers are set up to automatically download updates.

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How do I use Windows®?

Clemson University has a campus wide license for the SkillPort Learning Resources. Training for Windows®is available in SkillPort. Use the keyword Windows in the Search in SkillPort to find available resources.  Here are some additional resources:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Review the Windows® 7 Support Center for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding Windows® 7.

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Do we offer Instructor-Led training for Windows®?

Yes.  CCIT currently offers instructor-led training for both employees and students.  Please view our training calendar to register for these available classes.  

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System requirements

Review the Windows ® 7 System Requirements to ensure that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements. 

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Additional resources for Windows® 

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Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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