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Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade

What is happening?

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be discontinuing all support for the Windows 7 operating system (including Service Pack 1); operating system updates will no longer be available after this date.

  • Computers on the campus network running the Windows 7 operating system beyond this date present a serious risk to the University, as any newly discovered security vulnerability will not be able to be corrected.
  • This ultimately endangers the confidentiality, integrity, and/or availability of information in the University’s care.

Our plan

Arts Computing has a plan in place to update staff and faculty systems still at Windows 7 to Windows 10.

  • The staff rollover this winter term and the faculty roll over in the spring/fall terms will take care of a large portion of those systems that are currently running Windows 7.
  • We are identifying those systems that fall outside of these two groups to have them upgraded, including ‘take home’ systems.

On campus Nexus systems

The process for on campus Nexus systems is as easy as contacting your Dept. Support person to arrange a time to have the upgrade occur.

  • Generally, we schedule these upgrades at 10pm in the evening.
  • The system will be wiped and then re-imaged with Windows 10 and be ready the next morning.
  • Because the system is wiped, all documents and data not stored on your N:\ drive will either need to be moved to your N:\ drive or backed up with external media (USB drives, etc.).
  • All licensed software purchased through the IST Web Store will automatically re-install.
  • Any other software purchases will require the installation media and license codes for manual installation.

Laptops and take home systems

The process for laptops and take home systems will require that those systems be brought to the ARTS Computing Help Desk (PAS-1077) for the wipe and re-image to happen manually.

  • Please contact the ACO Help Desk to schedule the upgrade.
  • All documents and data should be backed up prior to re-imaging, or Arts Computing Help Desk staff can help, but you must supply the backup media.
  • The process will take at least a day, barring issues and workload, to complete.
  • Staff will help users navigate Windows 10 and make sure all software and backed up documents and data are restored.

There is Windows 10 help on Lynda.com by searching for “Windows 10 training”.

Live chat

Computing questions? Connect with the Arts Computing Office Help Desk on our live chat! Available Monday to Friday, 9:30AM - 4:30PM, with some exceptions.