Give Yourself the Gift of Time with Microsoft Windows 7

Guest blogger and CRM MVP Donna Edwards talks about her experience with the new Microsoft OS.

You might be wondering why am I taking the time to blog about Microsoft Windows 7.  The reason is because I am  absolutely thrilled with Microsoft’s latest Operating System.  

Not only is the performance exceptionally better than any of the previous operating systems, but the updated features significantly improve my ability to get my work done more quickly.  I am able to spend more of my available working hours completing work related activities and responsibilities which results in improved productivity.  I actually look forward to what I am going to discover next that will help me work more quickly and efficiently rather than wondering when I might experience the next potential OS or software delay or crash. 

The Action Center is one example of a new feature I use several times a week.  Here is a screen shot:


So what’s so great about this feature?  Well, with just a few mouse clicks, I have a solution to an issue downloaded and installed.  Yes, that’s right, in case you didn’t catch it the first time; in less than 3 mouse clicks, depending on the issue, I have a solution downloaded and installed.  That doesn’t just apply to Microsoft software.  It applies to third-party applications like Skype, Adobe and other commonly used software as well as hardware and drivers. 

In order to find the solution, I simply select the View Message Details button from the Action Center or select the Action Center icon from my Taskbar……


Taskbar icon for the message Center


Result when icon is selected


……… and voila, I have a link to the exact solution I need to address the issue.  All I need to do is select the link provided, download and install the solution.

What I no longer have to spend time doing is search the Internet with cryptic error message phrases, continually modify the phrase to try and find a more relevant result set, dig through irrelevant posts, or try using the link from the error message in the Application Log  “For more information, see Help and Support Center” (which never seems to have a solution for the issues I encounter, sorry Microsoft but its true) until I simply surrender because I can’t find a solution, so I can get back to work . 

The time and frustration I save with this new feature alone is well worth the price of the Operating System and this is only one of several features that I really like.  My computer runs better, I have fewer issues, I have considerably more time to spend on more important tasks and everyone I know who has installed Windows 7 is just as happy as I am. 

For me, it is a huge Win/Win success story!  Not only am I able to spend my time on work related tasks, but my work morale is improved because my system is more reliable.  Who would have thought that Microsoft could impact the employee morale of a ‘non’ Microsoft employee.  Well, Windows 7 did just that for me!

For all you Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementers, administrators, end users, etc., I encourage you to update to Windows 7 because regardless of the role you play, your experience and interaction with the Dynamics CRM application and your end user’s experience will quantifiably improve. 

My hat’s off to the Microsoft Team, you nailed it!

Donna Edwards

Comments (9)

  1. JaAG says:

    Testing comment RSS feature.

  2. Daniel Johnson, Jr. says:

    Does Microsoft 'officially' support Dynamics CRM 4.0 on Windows 7, then?

  3. edwardsdna says:

    Hi Daniel,  

    Windows 7 is supported for client machines running the CRM Outlook Client.  Following is the list of supported Server, Operating Systems.

    Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008…/details.aspx



  4. Millie Burns says:

    We are encountering issues with the CRM AutoUpdate process on Windows 7 machines due to elevated privileges (we do not use SMS).  The update will appear to install, but the user keeps getting prompted to install the update and it does not appear in Add/Remove programs.  We've found a workaround for the user to go to Start, Programs, MS Dyamics CRM, Updates, and run that as administrator.

    But we hate the thought of having to have multiple update process for different OS.  Is there any way for us to successfully use AutoUpdate for Win7 clients?

  5. edwardsdna says:

    I'm checking to see if I can have someone get back to you on this one.

    Thank you

  6. Millie Burns says:

    Hi Donna – Just checking to see if you were able to get any information on this issue with AutoUpdate and Win7 clients?  Thanks so much.

  7. Donna says:

    Sorry, I've had no luck getting any response.  I'll try again.

    Thank you

  8. Jim Glass Jr says:

    Hi Millie,

    I would suggest that you ask this kind of question in the CRM Forums at…/dynamics.  

    We have a lot of good people in the forums invested in answering questions like yours. If this is an emergency contact Microsoft Support through your local channels.



  9. Millie Burns says:

    Thanks so much – I'll post at the CRM Forums.

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