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Windows 7 to 10 Upgrade

The Office of Information Technology(OIT) is in the process of making an upgrade to all computers across campus that are currently running on Windows 7 Operating System to Windows 10.  In order to help facilitate this upgrade we have outlined some common questions that may arise.

Why is this upgrade occurring?

As Windows 7 will be unsupported by Microsoft in January 2020 all computers currently running Windows 7 need to be upgraded to Windows 10 in order to prevent a loss of service.

How will my Windows experience be affected?

The look and feel of Windows 10 compared to Windows 7 does differ but the functionality of individual programs (such as Excel or Word) remain the same. Microsoft's website can provide more information about additional Windows 10 features.

If you wish to learn more about how to use Windows 10 to its maximum potential you can also explore LinkedIn Learning's numerous courses that are freely available to all active employees and students. Just go to and sign in with your NetID username and password.  

Do I need to do anything prior to or during the upgrade?

There are no backups or special saves required prior to the upgrade and an OIT technician will be sent to complete the upgrade so individuals do not need to upgrade themselves.

How long will the upgrade take?

Each upgrade should take approximately 2 hours. 

How do I upgrade my computer?

The Windows 10 upgrade has been made available to all Windows 7 computers on campus. To upgrade your computer please refer to our self-help installation instructions.

What can I do if my computer has a specific purpose that requires it to remain on Windows 7?

Microsoft has Windows 7 Extended Support available for an additional charge. You must submit a Windows 7 Extended Support Application form to OIT by Tuesday 12/17/19. Extended Support will only be approved for essential business needs, and you are responsible for notifying your department that it will be charged for the cost.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade or are not able to perform the upgrade yourself please contact the OIT Support Center.