Every Windows product has a lifecycle and that lifecycle ends when it's no longer supported. On Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will discontinue support for its Windows 7 Operating System. After this date, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates or fixes, software updates, and/or technical support. Without security patches, these systems will be easy targets for hackers, malware, and viruses.
Campus policy requires that devices connected to the network run software for which security patches are made available in a timely fashion. After support ends, Windows 7 will no longer be in compliance with campus policy.
Upgrade your machine's operating system:
- For university-managed computers, contact IT Client Services: https://technology.berkeley.edu/it-client-services
- If the computer is managed by departmental IT, submit a ticket directly to them
- For non-managed and/or personal computers, you can download a newer operating system and install: https://software.berkeley.edu/microsoft-os
Purchase a new computer:
- If you wish to upgrade your system, review campus IT recommended equipment and pricing
Request a temporary security exception:
- Exceptions are allowed only if the system cannot be upgraded and depending on the data classification level and the amount of data of that type. Submit your security exception request by November 1, 2019, to allow time to implement mitigations needed before End of Life.
- Nov. 1, 2019 - Date to submit your security exception request to meet mitigations needed by Jan. 14, 2020 deadline
- Feb. 1, 2020 - Email notices to Windows 7 systems connected to the campus network will be sent to outstanding machines
- Mar. 1, 2020 - ISP will block all Windows 7 devices seen on the campus network.