Windows 7 EOL

Microsoft Windows 7 End Of Life

April 10, 2019


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.

What can I do to prepare for an OS upgrade?

  1. Begin by backing up your files. You can do this to a local device or move your data from the computer to servers or cloud-based platforms. Please note that location is dependent on the protection level of the data you have: UC P1 and UC P2/P3 data can be stored on Google Drive and Box. UC P4 data may only be stored on Calshare

What happens if I am running a Windows 7 computer after Jan. 14, 2020?

If you are running Windows 7 you are unsupported and out of compliance with campus policy.

What happens next:

  • Feb. 1, 2020 - ISO notifies Windows 7 systems users to disconnect from the campus network
  • Mar. 1, 2020 - ISO blocks Windows 7 devices seen on the campus network

How can I get help from IT on Windows 7 End of Life?

Please fill out this request form only if you have not already been in contact with campus IT professionals (either through your department or IT Client Services) regarding the upgrade of your current Windows 7 computer, purchase of a new computer, or security exception application.

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

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

If the computer is managed by ITCS: Submit a ticket: is external)

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