Windows 10 Campus Upgrade


The Office of Information Technology recognizes that in order to keep our computing infrastructure safe, secure and operating efficiently, the computers on the network must be regularly updated and maintain a certain level of modern operating system.  To that end, the Office of Information Technology has embarked on a four-year plan, beginning in July of 2017, to upgrade the entire campus computing platform to the standard of Microsoft Windows 10 and respond to the Windows 7 end-of-support date (01/20/2020).

While there may be some concern over the security of Windows 7 during the period that these computers remain on campus and there are no security updates, the risk is minimal.  We have invested in multiple layers of security and protection for our campus computing infrastructure (Cylance, Palo Alto) that the protection offered by the operating system itself is tertiary.

Planning and Execution

  1. Beginning July 1, 2017, no new Windows 7 or Windows 8.x computers will be purchased.  All new computers will be running Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit edition.
  2. Beginning with the Summer 2017 lease, Windows 7/8.x computers will be replaced with computers running Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit.  This ensures that over the four-year lease life cycle, all leased computers will be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional.
  3. By the end of 2019-2020 academic year, all computer labs will be upgraded and running Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit.
  4. All non-leased computers will be upgraded/replaced on an "as needed" basis.  These upgrades are done by removing the hard drive and replacing it with a hard drive that has Windows 10 in it.  Computers will not be upgraded "in-place".  A complete data backup and migration will be necessary, just like receiving a new computer.  That computer will still be replaced on its normal lease cycle, meaning that the process will likely have to be repeated again in the summer by the individual.
  5. Any computers not replaced by the lease will be evaluated on an "as needed" basis for an upgrade versus replacement.  
  6. Departments should budget to replace owned hardware peripherals that are not compatible with Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit.  The Office of Information Technology will assist with these replacements.
  7. Any computers not connected to the network will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Note: No printers or scanners will be replaced during this process.  All printing and scanning should be done via the Ricoh Multifunction devices that are located throughout campus.


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Tue 9/24/19 5:39 PM
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