College of Engineering - Windows 7 End-of-Life

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 and Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. This means they will no longer provide any updates, including security updates, after that date. To avoid computer security risks and support issues, you need to upgrade your machines.

Summary

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14th, 2020. This means they will no longer provide any updates (including security updates) after that date. To avoid computer security risks and support issues, you need to upgrade your systems.

Action items

  • Upgrade to Windows 10 before January 14th, 2020. See below for information on upgrading. 
  • Upgrade to Windows Server 2016. Contact engrit-help@illinois.edu to discuss upgrading. 
  • If you are unable to upgrade due to specific research or software, your IT Pro can help you come up with a plan to keep your computer safe. Contact your IT Pro by sending an e-mail to engrit-help@illinois.edu as soon as possible.

Upgrade paths

First, determine whether you have a computer that needs attention (eg. running Windows 7) by checking which version of Windows you are running.

If your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, your upgrade options depend on whether your computer is managed by Engineering IT.

Managed systems are owned by the university, and either:
  • Faculty or staff desktops or laptops.
  • Research lab systems with a support agreement.
  • Instructional lab computers.
Your IT Pro will work with you to upgrade your managed systems. You can contact them at any time with questions about your specific systems by e-mailing engrit-help@illinois.edu. 

Unmanaged systems are:
  • Owned by the university, but not covered by a support agreement (described above).
Please send an e-mail to engrit-help@illinois.edu to schedule the upgrade of your unmanaged system. If the computer cannot be taken to an Engineering IT Help Desk location, download the campus self-service license and follow the instructions on how to upgrade to Windows 10 on UofI owned computers.

Personal systems are:
  • Not owned by the university, but may be used by university faculty, staff, and students.

Get help

If you are unsure which category your system falls into or need help with the upgrade process, please e-mail engrit-help@illinois.edu for assistance. Thank you for helping to keep your university and data safe!

More information

For more information on upgrading to a supported operating system, please see Options for upgrading end-of-life Windows 7 computers.



Keywords:windows 7 2008 end of life eol upgrade   Doc ID:94930
Owner:Bobbi H.Group:University of Illinois Engineering IT
Created:2019-10-10 08:58 CDTUpdated:2019-10-10 09:06 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Engineering IT
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