Microsoft Windows 7 End Of Life

May 7, 2019

Overview

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 fashionAfter support ends, Windows 7 will no longer be in compliance with campus policy.

Options

Upgrade your machine's operating system:

Purchase a new computer: 

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.

Important Dates:

  • 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. 

Additional Resources:

Microsoft announcement for Windows 7 EOL

Microsoft article for the end of support - with FAQs

Check if your Dell is able to upgrade to Windows 10

FAQs:

How do I upgrade my computer to a new operating system?

If the computer is managed by ITCS: Submit a ticket: https://sharedservices.berkeley.edu/it/

If the computer is managed by your department IT: Submit a ticket directly to them

If you do not have campus IT support you can download the software here: https://software.berkeley.edu

What can I do to prepare for an OS upgrade?

  • Backup your files: Move your data from the local computer to servers or cloud-based platforms depending on the protection level of the data you have:
    • PL0 and PL1 data can be stored on Google Drive and Box. PL2 data may only be stored on Calshare
  • Confirm that any software (outside of the standard MS Office, Chrome, Adobe Acrobat) is compatible with Windows 10 and that you have the installation files and activation keys needed 

How do I request a security exception for Win 7 EOL?

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.

Visit here for the exception process

 

 

When will Windows 7 computers without an exception be blocked?

Feb. 1, 2020, Information Security and Policy (ISP) office will send email notices to the responsible individual or group for Windows 7 systems connected to the campus network, asking these devices be upgraded to a supported operating system or else removed from the network.

Mar. 1, 2020, ISP will begin to block all Windows 7 devices seen on the campus network.

 

What happens after Jan. 14, 2020 if I haven't upgraded?

All Windows 7 devices seen on the network after Mar. 1, 2020 (without an approved exception) will be blocked from the campus network.