Aspiring Eagle Scout Helps School Adopt Windows 7 Early
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2009
You might be wondering how are people around getting their hand on Windows 7 RTM. Well, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) got their hands on it a few days after the operating system RTM’d, MSDN and TechNet subscribers got it directly from Microsoft as of last week, and the regular user can only get Windows 7 RC for now, as Windows 7 will become generally available on the 22nd of October. Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) is and continues to be available for download free of charge – at least until August 15th (CORRECTION, AUGUST 20TH).

An aspiring Eagle Scout has decided that the project he wants to get involved with is helping an elementary school deploy the next iteration of the Windows-based operating system. Since the Windows 7 RTM is not available yet, and since Windows 7 RC is (and free of charge I might add), he decided to implement the latter.


Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, Brandon LeBlanc, comments: “6 year-old David Browning is already a tech volunteer at his former elementary school, Bellevue Eastside Christian School, and is taking it to the next level by helping the school deploy the Windows 7 RC. Pulling guidance from online resources, his High School’s IT Director, and from his dad (a Microsoft employee), David constructed five different imaging scenarios for the school’s small IT program deployment.”

The Bellevue Eastside Christian School, after running its machines on Windows XP for the past 5-7 years, decided to replace them with new ones. The new PCs had to run on something and Windows Vista seemed like the logical choice. But David Browning stepped in and presented his Eagle Scout project: to fit the computers with Windows 7 RC instead of Vista.

“I managed to convince them to go 7, just so the teachers wouldn't have to learn two operating systems in one year. So far we haven't had any compatibility issues. The only issues that have come up are with really old programs ... but the school isn't running those anymore. A lot of the printers are pretty old, and we haven't had any problems yet. I've learned so much about Windows Server, and how companies deploy computers. All these different group policy settings and stuff. That was the probably the big reason I took this on. Another reason is I used to go here, and I wanted to help out the school,” said David Browning.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Eagle Scout, School
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