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Windows 7 will no longer receive support and vulnerability patches from Microsoft beginning in 2020. This announcement lays out the ITS plan for migrating all users still on Windows 7 devices to Windows 10.

Windows 7 End of Life

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be discontinuing updates and support for Microsoft Windows 7. This means Microsoft will no longer protect Windows 7 against future vulnerabilities after this date.  With this change in support from Microsoft, ITS will be scheduling, migrating, and advising areas to update to a supported version of Windows 10 for University-owned computers by December 1, 2019.

Moving towards this deadline, ITS will also be working to upgrade Windows 8 and 8.1 devices as part of this migration to Windows 10.  For computers that are unable to be upgraded to Windows 10, ITS will require these devices be sent to surplus and replaced, if needed, with a computer capable of running a supported version of Windows 10. Each assigned Academic and Client Technologies Support Area Specialist will be reaching out to unit leaders to go over options for upgrades or to address concerns regarding your unit’s University-owned computers. It is important to note that ITS has been actively working towards Windows 10 saturation since June of 2019 and 87% of campus devices have already been migrated to Windows 10.

With this announcement, ITS also wants encourage everyone to consider upgrading their personal Windows 7 devices prior to Microsoft’s deadline for the aforementioned safety reasons. To learn more about Windows 7 end of life for your personal devices and what your options are, check out Microsoft’s article: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-windows-7-support.

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