Windows at MIT Lab for Nuclear Science
What is supported
We support Windows PC's at MIT. We give very
limited help for Windows
PC's at people's home.
Specifically, we support.
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. We
use MIT computing-help as a backup for support.
See below for downloads
LNS supported software. Also see
the MIT software support summar.
The simplest way is to purchase a computer with
installed. Dell Windows computers can be purchased with a discount for
MIT users. See the MIT
for recommendations on desktops and for configuration
and purchasing help.
If you wish to install Windows on a machine that you own, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Running Windows Securely
This is a very important issue. Here are some links on security.
The following are supported and recommended for use. Visit MIT's Licensed
page to see what is available to MIT Community under contract.
The three most commonly used browsers in Windows are
Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 is currently the recommended browser for windows,
but many prefer Firefox, a freeware browser.
Microsoft Outlook Express
use with the
MS Outlook Express comes with the Windows Operating System. The
version in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is called
Microsoft Windows Mail
Of the three, Thunderbird is the fastest and easiest to use,
although Windows Mail on Vista comes very close, being a great
earlier Microsoft email clients. MS Outlook comes with Microsoft
Office, and has extras, such as calendaring software.
See the page
Describes 'Email at LNS'. On that page you will find instructions for
mail clients for use with the MIT mail servers
that describes the printers that are available for use at
LNS. On that page you will find a link
to instructions for installing a printer on a Windows machine.
- Secure shell. SecureCRT is a VT terminal
emulator which has support
for Secure Shell (ssh) connectivity to remote machines
- Secure copy. SecureFX is a secure ftp
- Available by site license from
MIT Windows Software Download, free for MIT users.
Certificates are required.
- Another very good
secure copy application is WinSCP.
I prefer to use WinSCP, and I install it on all
machines that I configure.
- Virus protection. Members of the MIT
have access to
virus protection software for windows and
Macintosh. These are
covered by various site licenses and agreements.
- Encryption/Digital signing. PGP
Good Privacy) offers public key encryption. It also
offers encrypted links between computers. See the Internation PGP Home
Page for information and downloads.
- Web Certificates and Kerberos are
standard tools used at MIT to allow secure connections
to MIT resources. See the
certificates page, and the download page for
for secured MIT services.
- SAPgui is necessary if you are tasked
for example, approving purchases on an MIT account. See
SAPgui for SAP purchase authorizers.
- BrioQuery is useful for accessing the MIT
Data Warehouse, or local databases of your own. See
BrioQuery for querying and reporting from the
- Find the link to the SAPweb page
here. The "SAPweb page" is useful for making
purchases with MIT accounts.
- Adobe PDF Document tools
- Currently Office 2007 is available
installation by MIT departments, faculty and staff
on any MIT owned computer, provided that it will
only be used by current MIT students, staff or faculty
for MIT purposes only. Each faculty and staff member
using the software on an MIT machine has the additional
right to install the software on a personally owned
machine to be used for MIT purposes only. There is
no such right for students on their personal machines.
For a complete description of the terms, and to request
the software, see the MIT page on
email@example.com to borrow the installation
CD, or obtain one of your own.
- Open Office
a freeware alternative to MS Office. It is more than
adequate for most purposes, but it is not recommended as
replacement for MS Office on Windows.
- PostScript editing software
Ghostscript is great for viewing and printing
- A good utility for simple edits and the
printing of graphics files
a useful and inexpensive image viewer and editor.
- The TeX/LaTeX system is available for
MiKTeX, a free TeX/LaTeX distribution for Windows.
- The best Editor for MiKTeX is
It is a Windows editor which integrates nicely with MiKTeX.
- 'Zipping' software
- The standard for this software is Winzip for
zipping/unzipping files. It is not free, but it has
a free evaluation period.
Aladdin Expander is useful if you have binhex files,
it is also a 'global expander'.
- If you don't need the power (or cost) of Winzip, you will
to be a fine tool. It is simple and free, and it is
more than adequate for most uses.
- For X-graphics
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(Last modified April 23, 2010)