How can I Upgrade an End-of-Life Windows 7 Computer?
The Microsoft Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008) operating systems (OSes) are scheduled to reach end-of-life (EOL) on January 14, 2020, meaning they will no longer be supported or updated by Microsoft. End-of-life OSes pose significant security risks and the university reserves the right to remove computers posing security risks from its networks to protect its denizens and data.
This document will explain options for university staff, faculty, and students currently using Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10.
Both University owned and non-university owned computers are eligible to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. If you are upgrading a non-university device choose personal purchases instead of unit purchases.
NOTE: Before upgrading, please make sure all important data is safely backed up.
1. Open your browser of choice and navigate to webstore.illinois.edu.
2. Click on "Shop Unit Purchases" at the top of the screen.
3. In the Product Seach bar, type "Windows Upgrade" and click "Go."
4. Make sure that the "No Media Requested, Download ISO image file" radio button is selected and click on "Add to Cart."
5. At the Shibboleth login page, select University of Illinois at Chicago and click on "Select."
Note: You may not see this screen if you've previously authenticated with Shibboleth and checked the box labeled "Remember my choice."
6. Enter your NetID and Technology Solutions common password.
7. Click "I Agree" on the Unit Purchase End User License Agreement (EULA) page.
8. Click on "Check Out" to complete your order.
9. Click on the down arrow next to Windows 10 Enterprise v1903 (Semi-Annual) bit to download the .iso file.
NOTE: For upgrades, if you're currently running a 32-bit version of Windows 7, then be sure to, instead, download the 32-bit version of Windows 10. You can't perform an in place upgrade of the OS and change to a different "bit" version. To check and see what version you're currently running:
- Click Start , type system in the Start Search box, and then click system in the Programs list.
- The operating system is displayed as follows:
- For a 64-bit version operating system, 64-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
- For a 32-bit version operating system, 32-bit Operating System appears for the System type under System.
10. Click on "save file" and then OK to save the .iso to the default location (likely, c:\users\<username>\downloads).
NOTE: If your computer is joined to the UIC domain, then windows will activate automatically. However, if it is not and this is a new install, then you'll also need to download the file to activate it by clicking the down arrow next to "To Activate...". To run the right, right-click on it and select "run as administrator" after windows has completed installing.
11. After you have downloaded the ISO image, burn the ISO image to a disc. In Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can burn by right-clicking on the ISO image and selecting, Open With and then Windows Disc Image Burner. ISO images can also be extracted with software such as WinZip.
You may also us this Microsoft tool for creating either a DVD or USB to use for installation.