Every Windows product has a lifecycle and that lifecycle ends when it no longer receives security updates or fixes, software updates, and/or technical support. On Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will discontinue support for the Windows 7 Operating System. 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 - and installed - in a timely fashion. After support ends, Windows 7 will no longer be in compliance with campus policy.
Upgrade your machine's operating system:
- If the computer is managed by your departmental IT, submit a request through your internal process.
- For university-managed computers, contact IT Client Services.
- For non-managed and/or personal computers, download a newer operating system and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.
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. Visit our
Exception Process for Windows 7 End of Life (EOL) page for additional information.
- Nov. 1, 2019 - Date to submit your security exception request
- Feb. 1, 2020 - ISO notifies Windows 7 systems users connected to the campus network
- Mar. 1, 2020 - ISO blocks Windows 7 devices seen on the campus network